A Rockland attorney's request to voluntarily surrender her license to practice law in this state was accepted by the court late in August.

Anita M. Volpe was admitted to the Maine bar in 1977 and practiced primarily in the area of family law, Social Security disability, real estate, probate and estate planning matters. On June 15, Volpe filed a request to surrender her license. The Board of Overseers of the Bar considered Volpe's request June 22 and recommended the court accept her surrender.

A final hearing on the matter was held Aug. 30. and Associate Justice Andrew M. Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ordered Volpe's surrender from the bar be accepted. Sixty days from the date of the order, Volpe's name will be removed from a list of attorneys who are admitted to practice law in the state. She will also have 30 days to close her practice.

In addition, Volpe must notify all clients, adverse parties/opposing counsel, financial institutions and courts where she practices of her withdrawal from the practice of law, court documents state. Mead states in his order that Volpe's affidavits filed in June are not available for inspection. However, those affidavits will be made public if she seeks reinstatement to the Maine bar.

Court documents state Volpe must also work with special counsel, her practice monitors and any proxy/receiver as she closes her practice. In the event that the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection pays any future claims on her behalf, Volpe must reimburse those claims in a manner that is acceptable to the fund's trustees.