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Maine Law professor honored by ACLU

May 6, 2013

PORTLAND - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has awarded its annual Justice Louis Scolnik Award to Orlando Delogu, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maine School of Law, for his years of advocacy for civil liberties.

Orlando Delogu was honored during an awards dinner in Freeport on Thursday, May 2nd.

"Maine's civil libertarians owe a debt of gratitude to Orlando Delogu,” said Zachary Heiden, legal director of the ACLU of Maine. “As a founding member of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, a distinguished law professor and a passionate advocate for the public interest, he helped blaze a trail for all of us doing this work in Maine today. We are thrilled to be able to honor him with the Scolnik Award."

As a founding member and board president of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, Delogu oversaw critical growth during the organization’s infancy from 1967 through 1973. During his tenure there, the MCLU achieved its first major victory in a case involving a Belfast High School teacher who was fired for discussing sexuality as part of a class on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The Justice Louis Scolnik Award was established in 1989 to honor members of the legal community for their commitment to protecting civil liberties. It is named for former Maine Supreme Court Justice Louis Scolnik, who was a co-founder and the first president of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, which is now the ACLU of Maine.

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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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