The midcoast lawful group and some others are mourning the sudden loss of a Camden lawyer who died previous 7 days even though taking part in a Waldo County civil case listening to held about Zoom.
Roger Hurley, 74, collapsed and died Friday.
Justice Daniel Billings, who was presiding more than the Zoom hearing when it took place, stated Hurley was an critical portion of the midcoast legislation neighborhood and that his demise was stunning.
“Having a law firm collapse in the middle of a hearing is not some thing any one expects to occur and was the most shocking working experience that I have ever had in court,” Billings reported. “He will be skipped not only by his family, but by his purchasers and those of us who worked with him in the courts … I normally enjoyed our interactions and my feelings are with his loved ones.”
Midcoast lawyers this week remembered Hurley as a helpful human being who was rapid to share a quip or story and who appeared to genuinely get pleasure from the apply of regulation.
He was initially from Ohio, wherever he graduated from legislation university and commenced training legislation in 1974. Hurley was admitted to the Maine bar in 2011 and labored right here as a lawyer in typical practice. He took on different circumstances, which include felony protection. One particular of his latest bigger-profile shoppers was Richard J. Ellis, a Camden gentleman accused of kidnapping a lady in Oct 2021 and holding her hostage for additional than a week.
Chris MacLean, who also practices law in Camden, reported that Hurley labored difficult to symbolize his clientele.
“He appeared quite fascinated in fighting difficult for his consumers, but was also straightforward to deal with on a personal stage involving lawyers,” MacLean reported. “As zealously as he may well combat for his clientele, he in no way permit that have over into the realm of relationships with the other attorneys he dealt with, in my knowledge.”
He very last spoke with Hurley about a week prior to his death.
“He was usually a quite collegial person,” MacLean stated. “[He had] an previous-school design that I appreciated, and follow in my personal apply.”
The information that a fellow attorney had collapsed and died in the middle of a listening to was tricky to listen to, he claimed. While it wasn’t straight away crystal clear why Hurley had collapsed, MacLean wondered if the tension of the profession may have played a position.
“There’s so a lot tension with the follow of regulation, in particular the litigation perform that we do,” MacLean reported. “I do imagine that there’s a physical toll that we practical experience.”
To him, tension in the legal job has improved of late, and he is aware of of at minimum two Maine legal professionals who have remaining the occupation completely for the reason that of this.
“I just imagine there’s some thing heading on. I think factors are a lot more demanding. I just can’t really put my finger on it,” MacLean reported. “I just get worried that that contributed to what transpired to Roger. It could come about with other legal professionals.”