Peter Pitegoff has worked and written extensively in the areas of economic development, corporate organization, nonprofits, employee ownership, welfare and labor policy, and urban revitalization. He has taught corporation law, business transactions, economic development, community development law, nonprofit organizations, corporate governance, employee benefits law, and professional responsibility and ethics. His current research focuses on the evolution of community development finance over the past several decades, its relationship to economic justice, and related changes in the legal academy.
From 2005 to 2015, Pitegoff served as Dean of the University of Maine School of Law. He worked with colleagues to expand Maine Law’s pivotal role in law, policy, economic development, and social justice in Maine and to achieve a higher profile for Maine Law on a national and global stage. He served for ten years (2006-2016) on the board of directors of Coastal Enterprises, Inc., a national leader in community development finance, and on its executive and finance committee and as chair of its audit committee. Pitegoff is a frequent panelist at a wide range of conferences and workshops. He served as co-chair of Maine’s Juvenile Justice Task Force, and as member of the Merit Selection Committee for the U.S. Magistrate Judge (District of Maine); the Advisory Committee on Legislative Ethics for the Maine House of Representatives; the Clinical Skills Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education; the Gignoux Inn of Court in Portland; and Maine’s Justice Action Group.
Pitegoff joined Maine Law in 2005 after 17 years as a law professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, where he served as Vice Dean and founded a clinical program in community economic development law, which has been a model for transactional clinics at numerous law schools. He coordinated an organized bar initiative to revise the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and served on the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law. Pitegoff previously was general counsel for the ICA Group, a Boston firm that assists community economic development initiatives nationwide, and taught as an adjunct at Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law. Prior to his career in law, he was a community organizer in eastern North Carolina and in Oakland, California.
Pitegoff is a 1975 graduate of Brown University and a 1981 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden scholar.