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Sean R. Turley

Sean R. Turley


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    Sean’s transition from the classroom—where he spent ten years as a history teacher—to the courtroom began when he recognized that the problems facing his students and their families could only be remedied through someone advocating directly on their behalf. Always a problem-solver, Sean applies the same analytical and communication skills that made him an effective educator to help his clients articulate their needs and attain the justice they seek.

    Prior to joining MPM, Sean served as a law clerk for the Maine Superior Court and as a fellow at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project.

    When not lawyering, Sean dedicates himself to preserving and expanding Maine’s rich apple culture. He scours Maine’s backroads as a forager for potential cider fruit during the fall; works with local chefs and orchards to present an annual public apple tasting; helps in the development and management of the Maine Heritage Orchard; and travels the country to photograph the wide array of heirloom cultivars still grown today. Sean has also served as a columnist for the Portland Press Herald, where he wrote about apples and their many uses.

    Practice Areas

    • Business Reorganization & Insolvency
    • Education Law
    • Land Use & Environmental Law
    • Litigation


    • University of Maine School of Law., magna cum laude, J.D. — 2019
      • Articles Editor, Maine Law Review
      • American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence recipient
      • Class of 2019 Human Rights and Refugee Fellow
      • Maine Association for Public Interest Law Fellow
      • Cumberland Bar Association Public Interest Fellow
      • Laurie A. Gibson Award for Excellence recipient
    • Harvard University, Ed.M. — 2006
      Bowdoin College, magna cum laude, B.A. — 2005


    • Hon. Wayne R. Douglas, Maine Superior Court
    • Hon. John O’Neil, Maine Superior Court

    Bar & Court Admissions

    • Maine
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine


    • Death by Fifty Cuts: Exporting Lunn v. Commonwealth to Maine and the Prospects for Waging a Frontal Assault on the ICE Detainer System in State Courts, 70 ME. L. REV. 235 (2018).