Peter Pitegoff
Dean & Professor

Peter Pitegoff is the sixth Dean of the University of Maine School of Law. He has worked and written extensively in the areas of economic development, labor and industrial organization, nonprofit corporations, employee ownership, welfare and employment policy, and urban revitalization. He has taught corporation law, business transactions, labor policy, community development law, nonprofit organizations, and the legal profession and ethics.

Now in his ninth year as Dean, Pitegoff is a leader in advancing Maine’s public and only law school. He has 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. Pitegoff serves on the board of directors of Coastal Enterprises, Inc., a national leader in community development finance, and on Maine’s Justice Action Group board. He is a member of the Edward Thaxter Gignoux Inn of Court in Portland and the American Law Institute, and is a frequent panelist or presenter 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, and the Clinical Skills Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education.

Pitegoff joined Maine Law in 2005 after 17 years as a law professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo. He served as Vice Dean at SUNY Buffalo 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 New York’s Judicial Institute for Professionalism in Law. Pitegoff previously was legal counsel for the ICA Group, a Boston firm that assists community economic development initiatives nationwide, and taught on an adjunct basis at Harvard Law School and at New York University School of Law. Peter 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.

Selected Publications


An Evolving Foreclosure Landscape: The Ibanez Case and Beyond, 5 ADVANCE 131 (2011) (co-authored with Laura Underkuffler). [PDF]

The Legacy of Frank M. Coffin
, 63 ME. L. REV. 385 (2011). [PDF]

Worker Ownership in Enron’s Wake—Revisiting a Community Development Tactic
, 8 J. SMALL & EMERGING BUS. L. 239 (2004). [SSRN]

Chapter 5: Shaping Regional Economies to Sustain Quality Work: The Cooperative Health Care Network, in HARD LABOR: WOMEN AND WORK IN THE POST-WELFARE ERA (Joel Handler & Lucie White, eds., M.E. Sharpe, Inc. 1999). [M.E. Sharpe]

Urban Revitalization and Community Finance: An Introduction, 27 U. MICH. J.L. REF. 613 (1994). [Hein]

Child Care Enterprise, Community Development, and Work, 81 GEO. L.J. 1897 (1993). [Hein]

Additional Publications
Op-Ed., Half a Century On, Maine Law Reflects On Past, Prepares For Future, PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, Feb 5, 2013, at A6. [PPH]

Op-Ed., Supreme Court Justice’s Job So Important, Everyone Should Care, PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, June 24, 2010 (co-authored with Meghan Higgins). [PPH]

Big Business: Losing The Fight To Do Right, MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM, June 20, 2010 (co-authored with Daniel Boxer). [MST]


The Market for Change: Community Economic Development on a Wider Stage, in PROGRESSIVE LAWYERING, GLOBALIZATION, AND MARKETS: RETHINKING IDEOLOGY AND STRATEGY (Clare Dalton, ed. 2007). [Hein]

Organizing a Childcare Union in Philadelphia, 219 DOLLARS AND SENSE, Nov./Dec. 1998, at 42. [Dollars and Sense]

Child Care Policy and the Welfare Reform Act, 6 J. AFFORDABLE HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEV. L. 113 (1997) (co-authored with Lauren Breen).

Chapter 5: Unions, Finance, and Labor's Capital, in UNIONS AND PUBLIC POLICY: THE NEW ECONOMY, LAW AND DEMOCRATIC POLITICS (Lawrence G. Flood, ed., Greenwood Press 1995). [Amazon]

ICA MODEL BY-LAWS FOR A WORKER COOPERATIVE: VERSION III (Indus. Coop. Ass’n 1995) (co-edited with David Steinglass).

Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Program, NEWSLETTER (Ass'n of Am. L. Sch. Section on Legal Educ.), Dec. 1995.

Law School Initiatives in Housing and Community Development, 4 B.U. PUB. INT. L.J. 275 (1995). [Hein]

Reflections on Child Care & Community Development, 2 CIRCLES: BUFF. WOMEN'S J. L. & SOC. POL'Y 23 (1993). [Hein]


Community Development Clinics
, 1 CONSORTING, Sept. 1991, at 6.

Buffalo Change & Community
, 39 BUFF. L. REV. 313 (1991) (lead role in symposium issue on Buffalo political economy). [Hein]

Unions and Worker Ownership, 18 POL’Y STUDIES J. 357 (1990). [PSJ]

Theory & Practice: Notes from the Nexus, CLS: NEWSLETTER OF THE CONF. ON CRITICAL LEGAL STUDIES, Nov. 1989, at 40.

Democratic Worker Ownership Trusts, in THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF CO-OPERATIVE PROPERTY 39 (J. Andre and D. Laycock, eds. 1987) (co-authored with David Ellerman & Clark Arrington).

THE DEMOCRATIC ESOP (Indus. Coop. Ass’n 1987).

Organizing Worker Cooperatives, 7 LAW & POL'Y 45 (1985). [Hein]

The Democratic Corporation: The New Worker Cooperative Statute in Massachusetts, 11 N.Y.U. REV. L. & SOC. CHANGE 441 (1983) (co-authored with David Ellerman). [Hein]

ICA MODEL BY-LAWS FOR A WORKER COOPERATIVE: VERSION II (Indus. Coop. Ass’n 1983) (co-authored with David Ellerman).

Taxation of Worker Cooperatives, 2 EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP, Dec. 1982, at 5.

Op-Ed., Workers Can Be Choosers, N.Y. TIMES, Oct. 27, 1982, at A27 (co-authored with Staughton Lynd).

Worker Ownership: Strategy for Labor?, LABOR UPDATE, July-Aug. 1982, at 9.

EMPLOYEE COOPERATIVE CORPORATIONS, MASS. GEN. LAWS, ch. 157A (1982) (drafted principally by Peter Pitegoff & David Ellerman). [Mass Legis.]

PLANT CLOSINGS: LEGAL REMEDIES WHEN JOBS DISAPPEAR (Indus. Coop. Ass’n 1981).
Peter Pitegoff

A.B., Brown University
J.D., New York University
School of Law


Office Phone: (207) 780-4344 pitegoff@maine.edu


Research Interests:

Business Law
Corporations
Clinical Practice
Community Development
Labor Policy
Legal Education
Professional Responsibility/Ethics

Current Courses:

Judicial Externship

Curriculum Vitae