Chief Justice Saufley's statement about Judge Frank M. Coffin

December 8, 2009

The following is Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley?s statement about Judge Frank M. Coffin:

For sixty years Judge Coffin was an extraordinary figure in Maine jurisprudence. He lead the way on critical issues of access to justice, assuring that Maine people who could not afford an attorney were not forgotten. His writings on topics relating to judging were cogent and accessible, and he wrote legal opinions that stand as superb examples of judicial writing. More than that, however, Frank was just a really wonderful man. His warmth and humor were a gift to all of us, and those of us who had privilege of knowing and working with him were grateful that such a unique judicial leader spent his career in Maine. He was a mentor and friend to generations of Maine lawyers and judges, including all of us on the Maine Supreme Court. We will miss him greatly. Our thoughts are with Ruth and the rest of his family at this sad time.