Maine Law Professor Deirdre Smith Receives the Advocate for Justice Award
Professor Deirdre Smith, Director of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Maine School of Law, has been honored by the Maine Judiciary for her leadership in advocacy for justice in Maine. Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court named Professor Smith as recipient of the 2011 Advocate for Justice Award. Chief Justice Saufley praised Professor Smith for excellence in expanding the impact of the Law School’s clinical education program at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.
The Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, a program of the University of Maine School of Law, is a legal services provider in which "Student Attorneys," third-year law students specially licensed by the state and federal courts, provide legal services to low-income clients. The Student Attorneys practice under the close supervision of Maine Law faculty members and gain valuable hands-on experience while addressing a critical societal need. For additional information on the Clinic, please visit www.mainelaw.maine.edu/programs-centers/clac.html.