PORTLAND  — A former lawyer who took on high-profile cases before being disbarred has had his request denied to practice law again in Maine.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday denied Charles Williams III’s appeal seeking reinstatement to the Maine bar.

Williams made a name for himself when practicing in Lewiston nearly a decade ago as an advocate for victims of racial discrimination.

He was disbarred in 2004 for numerous ethical violations, including forcing a former client to have sex, failing to file court documents, overcharging clients and skipping court dates.

Supreme court Justice Donald Alexander denied Williams’ reinstatement petition last spring, but Williams appealed that decision. The full court upheld Alexander’s decision.