The midcoast lawful community and other folks are mourning the sudden reduction of a Camden attorney who died final week although collaborating in a Waldo County civil scenario listening to held around Zoom.
Roger Hurley, 74, collapsed and died Friday.
Justice Daniel Billings, who was presiding around the Zoom hearing when it happened, stated Hurley was an significant portion of the midcoast regulation group and that his demise was stunning.
“Having a attorney collapse in the center of a hearing is not one thing any one expects to come about and was the most surprising working experience that I have at any time had in court docket,” Billings claimed. “He will be skipped not only by his family, but by his consumers and those people of us who labored with him in the courts … I usually loved our interactions and my thoughts are with his spouse and children.”
Midcoast attorneys this week remembered Hurley as a welcoming individual who was rapid to share a quip or story and who appeared to truly appreciate the follow of regulation.
He was initially from Ohio, where by he graduated from legislation college and began working towards regulation in 1974. Hurley was admitted to the Maine bar in 2011 and worked here as a law firm in basic exercise. He took on different cases, together with felony defense. One of his recent higher-profile purchasers was Richard J. Ellis, a Camden gentleman accused of kidnapping a female in October 2021 and holding her hostage for much more than a week.
Chris MacLean, who also methods legislation in Camden, claimed that Hurley worked tough to symbolize his purchasers.
“He appeared pretty intrigued in battling tricky for his customers, but was also easy to offer with on a particular degree amongst lawyers,” MacLean said. “As zealously as he could struggle for his clients, he under no circumstances enable that carry over into the realm of associations with the other attorneys he dealt with, in my encounter.”
He previous spoke with Hurley about a 7 days prior to his demise.
“He was generally a quite collegial guy,” MacLean reported. “[He had] an old-university product that I appreciated, and follow in my own apply.”
The news that a fellow lawyer had collapsed and died in the center of a listening to was tough to hear, he claimed. While it wasn’t immediately distinct why Hurley had collapsed, MacLean questioned if the pressure of the profession could possibly have played a purpose.
“There’s so significantly stress with the apply of law, in particular the litigation perform that we do,” MacLean reported. “I do consider that there is a physical toll that we experience.”
To him, anxiety in the lawful occupation has enhanced of late, and he is familiar with of at least two Maine legal professionals who have remaining the occupation altogether simply because of this.
“I just think there is a little something going on. I assume factors are more nerve-racking. I can’t fairly place my finger on it,” MacLean explained. “I just fret that that contributed to what took place to Roger. It could materialize with other attorneys.”