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University of Maine School of Law Names Jennifer Wriggins its First 'Sumner T. Bernstein Professor'

Martin Rogoff and Lois Lupica named 'Maine Law Foundation Professors', and Jeffrey Maine named 'Glassman Scholar'

The University of Maine School of Law has appointed longtime professor Jennifer Wriggins its first Sumner T. Bernstein Professor, named in honor of the prominent attorney and community leader who served as senior partner at Bernstein Shur for more than 50 years.

Three other professors at the Law School received similar honors - Martin Rogoff and Lois Lupica as Maine Law Foundation Professors, and Jeffrey Maine as Glassman Faculty Research Scholar. These prestigious awards to selected professors recognize and support the research, scholarship, and teaching of distinguished members of the Law School faculty. Funds are provided through endowments held by the University of Maine School of Law Foundation.

The Sumner T. Bernstein Professorship of Law honors the memory of Sumner Bernstein, who was known for his public and professional service. In addition to his vibrant legal practice and community activism, he also served as an adjunct professor at the Maine Law School. Bernstein died in 2002 at age 78.

"Sumner would be delighted to see his good name attached to this important professorship," said Charles E. Miller, Bernstein Shur's managing partner. "He served as an inspiration for attorneys at the firm, and through this professorship, his legacy will continue to inspire a generation of law professors."

The Sumner T. Bernstein Professorship of Law was funded through a lead gift from Bernstein Shur and with numerous gifts from other friends, family and admirers of Sumner Bernstein, said Dean Peter Pitegoff of the University of Maine School of Law. The endowment to support the Glassman Scholar was funded by friends, family, and admirers of former Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justices Caroline Glassman and the late Harry Glassman and by members of the Maine Law School Class of 1973. Both endowments are held and managed by the University of Maine School of Law Foundation, which also established the Maine Law Foundation Professorships with other gifts from alumni and friends of the Law School.

"Professorships and scholar funds are critical to attract and retain stellar faculty in a competitive national and global environment," Pitegoff said. "Support from a wide array of donors helps strengthen the Law School, and we especially value Bernstein Shur's central role in building the endowment fund in honor of Sumner Bernstein."

Jennifer Wriggins, who joined the faculty of the University of Maine School of Law in 1996, is a nationally known scholar whose articles on race, gender, tort law, insurance law and family law are frequently reprinted and cited. A Yale College and Harvard Law School graduate, she practiced law for 11 years before joining the law school, where she teaches torts, family law, constitutional law and insurance law. She is presently writing a book with Professor Martha Chamallas of Ohio State University entitled The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and the Law of Torts.

Martin Rogoff joined the Maine Law School faculty in 1972. He has published widey in international law and the French legal system, and he teaches a range of subjects including international and comparative law courses. He has been active in state and federal policy matters, served on the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee on Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and practiced law in New York City and in Oakland, California. Rogoff holds degrees from University of California at Berkeley, and from Yale and Cornell Universities.

Lois Lupica has been a Maine Law School professor since 1994. She teaches bankruptcy, secured transactions, professional responsibility, and negotiation, and served as reporter for the Maine Task Force on Ethics 2000 charged with revising the ethics rules for Maine lawyers. She has published extensively on commercial law and bankruptcy and recently served as Scholar-in-Residence at the American Bankruptcy Institute in Washington, D.C. Lupica is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University Law School, and previously practiced law in New York City.

Jeffrey Maine is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Maine Law School and has been a professor there since 2003. He taught at several law schools, including Texas Wesleyan University where he also served as Associate Dean. He holds degrees from Florida Atlantic University, Stetson University, and the University of Florida. Formerly a tax attorney, Maine teaches various tax law courses, and has published several books and numerous articles in the area of tax law and policy.

For more information, please contact Elena Brandt at the Law School at (207) 780-4521, or Rand Ardell at Bernstein Shur at (207) 774-1200.