Attorney Kristin Aiello Appointed to US Dist. Ct. Local Rules Committee

Chief District Judge Jon D. Levy is pleased to announce that effective March 1, 2019 the Court has appointed Kristin Aiello and Susan Faunce to serve on the Local Rules Advisory Committee. The Local Rules Advisory Committee studies the rules of practice and makes recommendations to the Court concerning its rules and procedures and is a vital link between the practicing bar and the Court.

Attorney Kristin Aiello represents individuals with disabilities who have been discriminated against in employment, state and local government and public accommodations. Kristin's work focuses on litigation. She leads the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Team at Disability Rights Maine and is a frequent trainer and lecturer on the ADA and the Maine Human Rights Act. Kristin represents adults and children with disabilities at the Maine Human Rights Commission and in state and federal courts. In addition to her work with clients, Kristin educates policy makers at the Maine Legislature regarding disability law and she has conducted disability law trainings to many diverse groups over the years, including the National Disability Rights Network, Maine State Bar Association, Maine Civil Liberties Union, individuals with disabilities, employers, state agencies, police departments, educators, social workers and others.

In 2018, Kristin was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to serve on the Executive Committee of the Stakeholder Working Group for Civil Justice Reform for Maine's Courts. In 2016, Kristin was unanimously elected and currently serves as co-chair of the Employment Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association. Kristin is a member of the Maine Employment Lawyers Association and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

Kristin graduated from Boston College and the University of Maine Law School.

Attorney Susan A. Faunce joined Berman & Simmons in 2006, representing clients throughout Maine who have been harmed by personal injury and medical negligence. She currently leads the firms mass tort practice, which involves dangerous drug and medical device litigation, and works on medical malpractice and wrongful death cases.

Susan was co-chair of the Women's Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association (2016-2018) and a board member of the Robbie Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides funding for adaptive equipment and therapies for special needs children. In 2018 Susan joined the Board of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and serves as the Women's Law Section representative on the Board of the Maine State Bar Association.

Susan is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she majored in Government Studies and Asian Studies. After college she worked as a paralegal on high-profile intellectual property cases at a major Boston law firm. She joined the Peace Corps and served in Morocco, teaching English to local high school students and French to women in the community. Susan chose to return home to Maine and earned her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.