Rosalyne Bernstein Receives Maine Law Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Rosalyne (“Roz”) Bernstein, Maine Law Class of 1986, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award at this year’s Annual Dinner of the Maine Law Alumni Association on April 2nd. Roz was selected for this award in recognition of her significant contributions to a wide range of professional and community organizations, and in particular, for her support of the University of Maine School of Law.

Roz has served on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine School of Law since 2001 and has served on the University of Maine School of Law Foundation Board since 2005. In 2002, she served as a capital campaign volunteer for the Law School’s Foundation for the Future Campaign.

Throughout her career, Roz has achieved high distinction for her exceptional leadership in civic, educational, cultural, and social causes. The list of organizations in which she has participated at a leadership level includes: Spring Harbor Hospital, Maine Mental Health Partners, Maine Community Foundation, Maine Medical Center, New England Board of Higher Education, Rhodes Scholarship Committee for Maine, Southern Maine Council of Jewish Women, and the Jewish Community Alliance Annual Campaign. Roz is a past member of the Board of Overseers and an emerita member of the Board of Trustees of Bowdoin College. She is a past chairman of the Portland School Committee and the Maine Health Care Finance Commission. Roz currently serves on the board of directors for the Portland Museum of Art where she recently was elected Vice President, Collections.

Roz was born in 1928 and received her A.B. degree from Radcliffe College in 1949 and her J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 1986. She is the widow of Sumner T. Bernstein, in whose honor The Sumner T. Bernstein Professorship of Law was created, and who also was known for his public and professional service. Roz has two children, Beth Bernstein Schneider and Andrew J. Bernstein (Maine Law Class of ’80), and four grandchildren. Roz was the recipient of the L. Kinvin Wroth Distinguished Alumna Award, the Deborah Morton Award of the University of New England and the WCSH/United Way Mary Rines Thompson Award for Community Service. She holds honorary doctorates from Bowdoin College and the University of Southern Maine.

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