VillageSoup, 10/30/12

ROCKPORT - Knox County attorneys Don Briggs and William Welte attended the recent U.S. District Court Judicial Conference held at the Samoset Resort on Oct. 25 and 26.  Don Briggs practices law at the law firm of Briggs & Wholey, LLC in Rockport.  William Welte practices law at the law firm of Welte & Welte, P.A. in Camden.

Every two years the United States District Court for the District of Maine holds a conference for invited attorneys who practice in the federal court in Maine.  The conference serves as an opportunity for continuing legal education as well as to promote interchanges between the judges and attorneys.

This year's conference featured sessions devoted to civil practice, criminal practice and bankruptcy practice as well as a presentation by the president of Bowdoin College, Barry Mills, who spoke about the role of education in creating opportunities for graduates to become important participants in the Maine economy, community and society.  Other presentations included a panel discussion about Farming, Fishing, Forestry: The Past, Present and Future of Maine's Traditional Economic Engine.  Maine author and journalist, Colin Woodward, gave a presentation on The Lobster Coast: The Past, Present and Future of Coastal Maine in which he discussed how history shapes the debates on today's pressing issues.

In an effort to support Maine's farms, fisheries and businesses, locally-grown vegetables, fruit, chicken and seafood were served at the conference.