Jack Erler is an attorney in Portland, Maine. Jack earned his BA in psychology from Grinnell College and his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
For over 35 years Jack has been representing youth camps in all aspects of their operation including issues related to children, employment, health and safety, regulatory compliance, organizational structure, land use, environmental, tax, purchase and sale transactions and transition planning.
In addition, Jack represents and lobbies for youth camp organizations. Jack is the recipient of the Halsey Gulick Award for distinguished service to the organized camping movement in Maine.
Jack worked with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services to draft the original youth camp rules in 1974 and assisted in each subsequent substantive revision. He is a member of the American Camp Association.
Jack is a speaker on legal issues affecting youth camping including the duty of care, risk management, child abuse, sexual harassment, laws regulating alcohol, drugs and tobacco and confidentiality.
For more than sixty years, Jack has been in camp as a camper, then counselor, activity director, unit director and assistant camp director. His wife, Ellen and his children, Mark, Todd and Anne also have extensive camp and youth development backgrounds.