Access to Justice Symposium will focus on “Relations & Rights” for Maine families

Jan. 14, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – The University of Maine School of Law is a partner organization for Maine’s Access to Justice Symposium, which will be held Jan. 30-31.

This is the third Access to Justice Symposium, following successful events in 2009 and 2012. The series aims to improve the access of all Mainers to the civil justice system. The title of this year’s symposium is “Relations & Rights: Emerging Issues for Maine Families.” Several panel discussions will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, and on Fri., Jan. 31, at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland. Click here for a complete schedule, or to register.

“Attorneys and other professionals working with Maine families need to understand the impact of increasing cultural and religious diversity, marriage equality, and the various forms of legal proceedings on such families and particularly on children. This Symposium will explore ways to meet these challenges now and to develop more efficient, fair, and affordable systems to meet the needs of all Maine families into the future,” said Caroline Wilshusen (Maine Law ’07), executive director of the Maine Justice Action Group.

Peter Pitegoff, Dean at Maine Law, will welcome participants and introduce Thursday’s panel, which includes Barbara A. Babb, Director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts; Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD); and Aisha Rahman, Executive Director of KARAMAH, a global network of advocates for the rights of Muslim women.

Professor Jeff Maine will serve on a panel exploring tax and estate issues for same-sex marriages; Professor Deirdre Smith will moderate, and Judge Wayne R. Douglas, a District Court judge and adjunct professor at Maine Law, will serve on a panel that focuses on parental rights disputes in probate court.


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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