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Third-year law student wins case before Maine’s highest court

May 1, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – Kevin Decker, a third-year law student at the University of Maine School of Law, recently argued and won a case before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in the state.

A native of Shapleigh, Maine, Decker is a student-attorney in the Law School’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. In the Clinic, law students are specially licensed by the courts to represent real clients, under the supervision of Maine Law’s clinical faculty.

Decker represented a prisoner, Franklin Higgins, in a case that challenged the right of prison officials to place inmates in solitary confinement based solely on an indictment. The decision was covered by the Bangor Daily News. Click here to read the article, and click here to read a Q&A with Kevin Decker.

After graduation, Decker will work for one year as a clerk for Judge William J. Kayatta, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In 2013, Decker was a summer associate at Bernstein Shur.

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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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