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Judge Nancy Gertner to present 21st Annual Coffin Lecture at Maine Law

September 19, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – Judge Nancy Gertner, a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and a retired federal judge, will present the 21st Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service this fall. The Lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, at the Abromson Community Education Center.

The lecture series, sponsored by the University of Maine School of Law, honors the late Judge Frank M. Coffin, longtime federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former member of Congress, and renowned leader and mentor in public service.

A champion of civil rights and women’s rights, Judge Gertner is a teacher, an author and a former defense lawyer. She was nominated to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton, and she served as U.S. District Court Judge in Massachusetts from 1994 to 2011. Judge Gertner reflects on a storied career in her 2011 autobiography, entitled In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate.

Judge Gertner teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, forensic science and sentencing at Harvard Law School. She is a graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School, and received her M.A. in Political Science at Yale University. She has been an instructor at Yale Law School, teaching sentencing and comparative sentencing institutions, since 1998. In 2008, Judge Gertner became only the second woman (U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was first) to receive the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities.

Admission to the event is free, but seating is limited. Please register before Oct. 11 by calling (207) 780-4344, or via email to mainelaw@maine.edu.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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