Catalogue of Speeches, Addresses and Lectures of

Circuit Judge Frank M. Coffin

 

I.          The Judiciary as an Institution

 

The Three Branches and How They Rub

The Examiner Club

December 1, 1969

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The Quality-Quantity Crunch

Maine State Bar Association

January 25, 1973

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Untitled Remarks

Rhode Island Bar Association

September 24, 1973

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The Continuing Quest for Principle

The Examiner Club

November 5, 1973

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The Founding Fathers and The Courts

Portland Kiwanis Club

April 29, 1975

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"Justice and Workability" - Five Years Later

No venue noted

April 28, 1976

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Justice as a Coiled Spring

Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland, ME

January 22, 1978

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The Three Branches: Accountability In a Mixed System

Boalt Hall Law School, Berkley, CA

February 26, 1979

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Address to the People: What the Oracle Told Brookline

Brookline District Court Centennial Celebration

May 23, 1982

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The Federalist No. LXXXVI: On the Relations Between the Judiciary and Congress

October 22, 1985

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Colloquium on Congressional/Judicial Relations

The Brookings Institution

November 13, 1986

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Working with the Congress of The Future

Bicentennial Conference of Judges of the United States Courts of Appeal

October 26, 1988

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A Venture in Governance

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

May 15, 1989

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Judges and Legislators: A Prospectus For Joint Venture

Conference on Legislative-Judicial Relations, National Center for State Courts & National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO

October 2, 1989

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Communication Among the Three Branches: The Bar as Catalyst

New Hampshire Bar

May 3, 1991

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Triage and Justice

Maine Judicial Conference

November 14, 1991

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Approaching the Future

Committee on the Judicial Branch

June 8, 1992

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The Fourth Estate and the Third Branch

Knight Center for Specialized Journalism Seminar: Covering Appellate Courts

May 1, 1994

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Citizen Support for the Courts: Getting Specific

Conference of Justices of the Supreme Courts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont

May 25, 1994

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Citizens As Friends of Court

Law Day Ceremony at Penobscot County Courthouse

May 1, 1996

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"What Can We Do?"

Kennebec-Somerset Legal Secretaries Association

May 16, 1996

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Testimony before a congressional committee considering the creation of a National Court of Appeal

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II.        Judging

 

Justice and Workability: Un Essai *

V Suffolk Univ. L. Rev. 567

1971

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Reflections on the Craft of Appellate Judging

Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law, Case Western Reserve University

April 18, 1977

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Philosophy, Cybernetics, and The X Factor

New England Fellows of The American College of Trial Lawyers

January 27, 1978

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Judges and Jurisprudents

Maine Judicial Conference

May 10, 1979

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Beyond Competence II

3rd Circuit Judicial Conference

September 1, 1981

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Address to the Judges: Justice - A House of Many Mansions

Brookline District Court Centennial Celebration

May 23, 1982

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Collegiality: A Judicial Discipline

Federal Appellate Judges Seminar Federal Judicial Center

December 15, 1982

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The Roles of Separate Opinions in a Collegial Court

Federal Appellate Judges Seminar Federal Judicial Center

December 15, 1982

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Judex Americanus: An Endangered Species?

Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference

July 8, 1983

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Is There an "Art of Judging"

First Annual Convocation For Experienced Trial Judges, Boston, MA

January 30, 1984

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The Anatomy of Judicial Collegiality

Seminar for Newly Appointed Federal Appellate Judges, Federal Judicial Center

May 1, 1985

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Remarks

Commission on Executive, Legislative and Judicial Salaries

October 21, 1986

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Housekeeping in the Age of Statutes

DC Circuit Conference

May 24, 1988

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Grace Under Pressure: A Call For Judicial Self-Help *

50 Ohio State L.J. 399

1989

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Testimony

United States Senate Committee On Governmental Affairs

January 31, 1989

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Judging in the Constitutional Workshop

Bowdoin College

February 13, 1989

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Untitled Remarks

Second National Conference of the Federal Judges Association

May 23, 1989

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What It Means To Be A Federal Appellate Judge - A Fable

Luncheon for New Judges; National Workshop for Appellate Judges

February 8, 1993

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Judges' Pay: The Federal Experience

 

 

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The Making of Tomorrow's Appellate Judge

Federal Judicial Center Seminar for New Federal Appellate Judges

June 25, 1994

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Acceptance of Distinguished American Award

State of Maine Chapter, National Football Fall Foundation and College Hall of Fame

May 24, 1995

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The Art of Judging

Maine Judges Continuing Judicial Education Session

July 14, 1995

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Love With A Proper Stranger: Collegiality on an Appellate Court

ABA Appellate Judges Conference

March 2, 2002

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My Judicial Key Ring

Morton A. Brody Award for Distinguished Judicial Service, Colby College

March 19, 2006

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Draft Remarks

Retirement Dinner with the First Circuit

May 2, 2006

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Thoughts About "Retirement"

Law Clerk's Picnic

July 2, 2006

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III.       The Law

 

Some Reflections on the Roots of Rights

Rotary Club, Portland, ME

April 29, 1966

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Untitled Remarks

National Council on Crime and Delinquency

September 8, 1966

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The Dark Side of the Law

Rotary Club, Lewiston-Auburn, ME

October 27, 1966

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A Charter for all Seasons

Rotary Club, Waterville, ME

May 8, 1967

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Confederation and Interdependence

Colby College, Waterville, ME

June 1, 1975

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A Backward Look Forward *

XII Suffolk Univ. L. Rev. 203

1978

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Two Thirds of a Century:  Sights Taken in 1911 and 1978

Cumberland County Bar Association

January 24, 1978

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The Frontier of Remedies: A Call for Exploration *

67 California L. Rev. 983

1979

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Our Continuing Constitutional Convention: The Three Faces of Freedom

The Meiklejohn Lecture, Brown University

May 4, 1983

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Living With Our Constitution

Maine Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution

September 17, 1986

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A Genealogy of Founders *

39 U. ME L. Rev. 247

1987

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The Rocky Road to Ratification - and the Massachusetts Pot Hole

The Examiner Club

January 4, 1987

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Judicial Balancing: The Protean Scales of Justice *

63 New York Univ. L. Rev. 16

1987

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Our Constitution: Edifice of Four Stories

The Davies Forum, University of San Francisco

April 27, 1987

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IV.       The Legal Profession

 

The Faces of Advocacy

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Harvard Law School

March 10, 1966

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The Bench and the Pit

Maine State Bar Association

August 24, 1966

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A Gift to the Class of 1978

University of Maine School of Law

May 27, 1978

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Shape of the Law - Eve of the Third Millennium

35th Reunion of the Harvard Law School Class of 1943

June 1978

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The Judge as Advocate's Consumer: On Reading Briefs and Hearing Arguments

Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkley

February 27, 1979

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Beyond Competence

Massachusetts Bar Foundation

June 19, 1981

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Address to New Members of The Maine Bar

Cumberland County Courthouse

April 23, 1982

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The Law - A Humanistic Profession?

The Morell E. Sharp Memorial Luncheon, Washington State Bar Foundation

1983

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The Androscoggin Bar - Past and Future

Androscoggin County Bar Association

May 23, 1983

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Finding Serenity in the Practice of Law

Renewing Fealty to the Law: A Liberal Arts Seminar for Lawyers, Grinnell College

June 9, 1984

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Reflections on the Future as a Tool

Maine State Bar Association

January 20, 1984

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Our Search for Shangri-Law

Maine State Bar Association

January 20, 1984

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Looking Ahead at Our Profession

Rhode Island State Bar Association

June 22, 1984

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Our Appellate Advocacy - A Unique and Wonderful Institution

Judicial Conference of the Second Circuit

September 13, 1984

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Lecture on Oral Argument: Appellate Advocacy Colloquium

Franklin Pierce Law Center

November 18, 1985

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Pressure Points in the Appellate Process

University of Maine School of Law

February 20, 1986

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High Pressure Cookery: Warm Counsel and Hot Bencher

No venue noted

January 22, 1987

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A Call for Renaissance In Legal Ethics

Boston University Law School

January 8, 1990

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Federal Court Practice: A Day in the Life of the Federal Court, the Appellate Prospective

No venue noted

May 11, 1990

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A Scroll from the Ashes

University of Maine School of Law

May 12, 1990

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Remarks

Centenary Banquet, Maine State Bar Association

April 5, 1991

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The Bar and the Courts: A New Dimension

New England Bar Association

September 27, 1991

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Thoughts on "Looking Ahead"

Governance Institute Conference: The Law Firm and the Public Good

June 23, 1995

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Time For A Second Wind

Cumberland Bar Association

January 24, 1996

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Commencement Address

Boston College Law School

May 26, 1996

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"Neither Trick Nor Treat"

Fall Forum II

October 31, 1996

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Acceptance Remarks

Presentation of the Maine Bar Foundation's Howard H. Dana, Jr. Award, Maine State Bar Association

January 17, 1997

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Remarks

30th Anniversary of Pine Tree Legal Assistance

December 1, 1997

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Our Professionalism

First Circuit Judicial Conference

October 12, 1999

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The Symbiotic Professions and the Appellate Process

The American College of Trial Lawyers

June 15, 2002

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Remarks

10th Year Celebration of the Coffin Fellows Program

November 7, 2007

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Remarks

Coffin Fellows Luncheon

September 18, 2006

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Thinking Like A Lawyer

Commencement Address for the Class of 2008, University of Maine School of Law

May 24, 2008

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V.        Legal Education

 

On the Importance of Being Yourself

Cape Elizabeth High School

June 16, 1966

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Gullible's Travails: A Prospective Law Student Visits Brobdingnag, a Professional Corporation

Northeastern University School of Law 34 Journal of Legal Education

April 23, 1983

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The Law School and the Profession: A Need for Bridges

Center for Study of Law, Nova University

January 28, 1987

11 Nova L. Rev. 1055

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The Judicial Clerkship: A Venerable American Institution

Ninth Circuit Law Clerk Orientation Seminar

September 25, 1996

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VI.       Tributes

 

On the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. *

20 University of Maine L. Rev. 171

1968

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Judge Edward T. Gignoux Distinguished Service Award

Maine State Bar Association

June 20, 1983

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Remarks at Induction of Judge Gene Carter

Federal Courthouse Portland, ME

July 5, 1983

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Judge Edward T. Gignoux - A Personal   Appreciation *

36 University of Maine L. Rev. 191

1984

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Introduction of Congressman Barney Frank

Maine State Bar Association

January 25, 1985

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Thomas E. Delahanty

Androscoggin County Courthouse

June 29, 1985

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The Legend of Sirs John and Harry

Retirement of Court Officer and Reporter, Portland Country Club

January 10, 1986

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Chronicle of the First Joint Revel of the Expanded (by spouses) High Courts of Maine and the First Circuit

First Circuit Maine Conference

March 7, 1986

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Judge Bailey Aldrich Argument to the Really Supreme Court

First Circuit Judges Meeting

May 6, 1987

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Remarks in Memory of Judge Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr.

Federal Courthouse, Boston, MA

June 9, 1987

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Portrait Presentation

Edward T. Gignoux Courthouse

February 3, 1989

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Reflections on the Presentation of my Portrait

Federal Courthouse, Boston, MA

September 8, 1989

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Judge Hugh Bownes - One of a Kind

First Circuit Judges Meeting

February 8, 1990

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Remarks at Induction of Judge D. Brock Hornby

Federal Courthouse, Bangor, ME

June 11, 1990

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Remarks at the Portrait Presentation for Judge Frank M. Murray

Federal Courthouse, Boston, MA

October 23, 1990

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Remarks at Induction of Judge Morton A. Brody

Federal Courthouse, Bangor, ME

October 7, 1991

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Remarks at Portrait Presentation for Senior Circuit Judge Levin H. Campbell

Federal Courthouse, Boston, MA

October 9, 1992

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Introduction of Justice William Brennan and Joseph L. Rauh, Jr.

First Coffin Lecture on Law and Social Policy, University of Maine School of Law

October 13, 1992

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Remarks at Presentation of Portrait of Former Chief Justice Vincent McKusick of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Cumberland County Courthouse

June 17, 1993

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Introduction of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Second Annual Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service

October 7, 1993

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Remarks on Installation of Juan Torruella as Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Federal Courthouse, Boston, MA

September 7, 1994

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Introduction of US Circuit Judge Patricia M. Wald

Third Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

September 28, 1994

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A Maine Pantheon of Heroes and Worthies

The Neil W. Allen, Jr. Lecture on Maine Legal and Social History on the Occasion of the 175th Anniversary of Statehood

March 15, 1995

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Introduction of Solicitor General Drew S. Days III

Fourth Annual Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

September 13, 1995

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Introduction of Alvin J. Bronstein

Fifth Annual Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

October 8, 1996

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Donald W. Webber: Memorial Remarks

Androscoggin County Courthouse

October 10, 1996

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Jean Byers Sampson: Memorial Remarks

Bates College

December 1, 1996

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Celebration of Bailey Aldrich's Commencement of his 10th Decade

The Harvard Club, Boston, MA

May 7, 1997

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Introduction of Robert B. Reich

Sixth Annual Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

October 6, 1997

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Remarks at the Unveiling of the Portrait of Justice Stephen G. Breyer

United States Courthouse, Boston, MA

January 5, 1998

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Introduction of Warren Rudman

Seventh Annual Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

October 1, 1998

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Remarks at Induction of Robert Katzman

United States Courthouse, NY

October 25, 1999

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Introduction of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Eighth Annual Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

November 22, 1999

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Remarks In Memory of Judge Morton A. Brody

Beth Israel Synagogue, Waterville, ME

March 27, 2000

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Introduction of Alan Morrison

Ninth Annual Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service

October 12, 2000

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Introduction of Professor Chai Feldblum

Tenth Annual Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

October 15, 2001

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Remarks In Memory of Judge Bailey Aldrich

First Circuit Conference, Chatham, MA

October 4, 2002

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Judge Bailey Aldrich Memorial Remarks

Harvard Memorial Church

October 5, 2002

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Dana H. Gallup Memorial Remarks

First Baptist Church

October 16, 2002

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Introduction of Judge Cruz Reynoso

Eleventh Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service

October 17, 2002

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Remarks at Portrait Presentation for Daniel Wathen

Kennebec County Courthouse

April 11, 2003

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Remarks at Induction of John Woodcock, Jr.

United State Courthouse, Bangor, ME

October 2, 2003

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Introduction of Scott Harshbarger

Twelfth Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine, School of Law

October 15, 2003

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Memorial Remarks for Judge Hugh H. Bownes

United States Courthouse, Concord, NH

December 13, 2003

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Video Tribute to Muskie Awardee Shep Lee and Comments on Brown v. Board of Education

Chambers

March 25, 2004

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Introduction of Justice Richard J. Goldstone

Thirteenth Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

October 14, 2004

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Edward Godfrey: The Passing of a Venerable

First Parish Church

February 5, 2005

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Introduction of Eliot Spitzer

Fourteenth Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

October 18, 2005

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Introduction of Kenneth R. Feinberg

Fifteenth Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

October 18, 2007

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Chief Judge Judith Kaye

Sixteenth Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

November 6, 2008

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Introduction of Dean Kurt L. Schmoke

Seventeenth Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service, University of Maine School of Law

October 23, 2009

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Portrait Presentation for Judge John D. Clifford, Jr.

Edward T. Gignoux Courthouse

November 6, 2009

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