05
Dec

For those of us who enjoy Maine history, the Edmund S. Muskie Archives at Bates College are a valuable resource (www.digilib.bates.edu). As you probably guessed, the oral histories in the archives trace the legendary career of Senator Ed Muskie, who was also a former Governor, Vice Presidential candidate and Secretary of State. But for his dust up with reporters in New Hampshire, (following a Nixon “dirty trick”) he likely might have been elected President of ...

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19
Aug

On August 19, 2009, Peter Clifford obtained a judgment from the US District Court, for $2.2 million, for a client involved in a workplace accident. Click here to read the decision.

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21
Jun

A review of the book Human Sacrifice by James P. Moore By Peter Clifford James P. Moore’s Human Sacrifice is an absorbing and challenging book about a sensational murder case, State of Maine v. Dennis Dechaine. Like any good story, Moore’s book is about more than one individual. It is a book challenging the very foundation of our complex criminal justice system: the integrity of the police, lawyers and judges who administer it. Moore has a unique ...

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10
May

Electronic Discovery is coming soon to a courthouse near you, just in time for the holidays. So, chug another eggnog, finish off the last of the office’s secret chocolate stash, and let’s get started! In many respects, the development of e-discovery is yet another step away from the mythical “golden age” of trial practice – when cases could be tried quickly, well and inexpensively. We may now be in a “dark age” of e-discovery, when even ...

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05
Apr

Judge M. Margaret McKeown, of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, has a dual reputation as both a brilliant legal scholar and a great storyteller. During her keynote address at the recent Federal Bar Conference, she readily displayed both talents as she discussed social networking. One of the highlights of her talk was the disclosure of an important new “jury instruction,” in the form of a New Yorker cartoon, shown to the audience ...

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20
Mar

M.A.S.H. –Maine’s Foreclosure Defense Force: Part 3 [Author’s Note: This is the last of an interminable series on foreclosure defense law. As we observed last time, the world, she’s a turnin’ quick, but the real estate market is still stuck in the muck.] Before we start on Part 3 of this series, let’s once again get spiritually renewed. Let’s look at more wisdom from the ancient sages: “Experience is what ...

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17
Feb

On February 17, 2012, Peter Clifford obtained a judgment from the US District Court, for $100,000, for a client involved in an accident at the post office. Click here to read the decision.

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15
Feb

M.A.S.H. –Maine’s Foreclosure Defense Force: Part 2 By Peter Clifford The world, she’s a turnin’ quick. Unfortunately, the real estate market is still stuck in the muck, spinning its shoddy wheels. It’s time for Maine attorneys to push the proverbial ox cart out of the proverbial mud. Its time for us to buck up, start leading, and stop with the whining. The Legislature and the SJC have given us a wide arsenal of ...

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15
Jan

NOte: This blog post contains an article I wrote for Maine Lawyers Review, published in the MLR July 2009 edition. M.A.S.H. –Maine’s Foreclosure Defense Force: Part 1 By Peter Clifford “Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” Karl Marx Lawyers of Maine, unite! We have nothing to lose ...

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31
Jul

In July, 2009, Peter Clifford was named by New England Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top attorneys in Maine for the second year in a row.

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