2014 Vincent L. McKusick Award Recipient

Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow partner Bruce A. McGlauflin has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Vincent L. McKusick Award for his article “The Power Of One: The Discretionary Authority Of A Code Enforcement Officer,” which was published in the Summer 2014 issue of the Maine Bar Journal.

The Award is presented annually by the Maine Bar Journal Editorial Advisory Committee in recognition of the best article published in the previous year’s Maine Bar Journal, as judged by the Committee which “best enhances the understanding of the law of this state” from an author “who has best demonstrated the commitment to practice-based legal scholarship as exemplified by Chief Justice McKusick.”

The article reviews recent Maine Supreme Court cases which have restricted the rights of landowners seeking to appeal land use decisions which have been made by municipal code enforcement officers; discussing the confusion which has arisen from these cases, the importance of landowner appeal rights, and the need for clarification of case law to protect landowners and ensure the integrity of zoning law.

This is the second time that Bruce has been selected as the recipient, having first been presented the Award for his article “Some confusing things happened on the way to modernizing Maine’s adverse possession law,” which was published in the Winter 2010 issue of the Maine Bar Journal. To date, Bruce is the only recipient to have been selected for the Vincent L. McKusick Award more than once.

(Former Recipients: Alicia Curtis, Thomas Laprade, Charles Harvey, Paul McDonald, Daniel Murphy, Matthew Caton, Kelly McDonald and Evan Roth).