Student organizations are an important piece of the student experience at the University of Maine School of Law. The active student organizations are listed below:
The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is a national organization formed to articulate and promote the needs and goals of Black law students to effectuate change in the legal community. BLSA works to influence the legal community by bringing about meaningful legal and political change that addresses the needs and concerns of the Black community. Learn more about BLSA at www.nblsa.org.
The Business Law Association (BLA) aims to provide a forum for law students interested in business and corporate law, information concerning business law courses, programs, and future careers in the field, and promote an understanding of current legal and corporate issues.
The Environmental and Energy Law Society (EELS) provides law students a forum to discuss, understand, and gain access to the fields of not only environmental and energy law, but also to the Maine lawyers and employers active in these and related fields. Environmental and energy law are remarkably broad and include areas often viewed separately. Such areas include land use, real estate, torts, state and local government, administrative law, food and animal law, climate change, ocean and coastal law, and marine law. EELS, in coordination with E2Tech, organizes fundraising opportunities, educational panel discussions, and community events to promote engagement of law students, faculty, staff, and the greater community with these important and expansive areas of law. EELS also promotes networking for law students with prospective employers and contacts of personal and professional interest in these fields.
The Federalist Society is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. Learn more at http://www.fed-soc.org.
The International Law Society (ILS) is an academic and social group interested in public international law (the law between nations and international organizations), law internationally (laws within different nations), and international affairs. On-campus events normally revolve around a guest speaker on an international law topic, but ILS also helps students learn about study abroad programs, assists newly arrived foreign law students, and sponsors needy children overseas.
The LGBT Law & Policy Group serves as an educational, political and social group for the LGBT community at the University of Maine School of Law and is dedicated to the inclusion of all people who are interested in furthering the goals of the LGBT community. We are committed to sponsoring an array of events that increase awareness of both the issues that impact LGBT people and the unique legal concerns of the LGBT community.
The Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL) is a student group focused on public interest law. The group is committed to mobilizing the next generation of lawyers to be committed to equal justice. To achieve this we offer opportunities for pro bono hours and community service opportunities while in law school. We also engage with surrounding agencies that serve the poorest and most vulnerable populations. We also have an annual auction to raise money for fellowships.
The Maine Juvenile Law Society (MJLS) is a newly formed student group that focuses on the interactions that occur between juvenile offenders and the legal system. Through facilitating group discussions on, and educating other students about, the overall juvenile justice system, MJLS plans to raise awareness about relevant concerns as well as benefits that could come with having a separate system for juveniles. The MJLS intends to achieve these goals through community meetings featuring professors, students, and local attorneys.
The Maine Law Basketball Association was established in 2009, and has quickly become one of the largest and most active student groups at Maine Law.
While the group’s membership cuts across all classes, genders and skill levels, there is one unifying attribute of its members: an emphasis on fun. We are dedicated to helping students achieve a life/work balance while at school; fostering networking; and honing team working skills. Team plays Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-7:00p.m. at USM Sullivan Gym.
The Maine Law Democrats (MLD) was founded to encourage Democrat, progressive, and liberal law students and lawyers to be active in local and national Democratic politics and elections. MLD works to mobilize and organize Maine Democrats when urgent action is needed, to provide law students with an opportunity to participate in intelligent discussion and debate, and to collaborate and network with the Maine political and legal community at large.
The Maine Law Policy Group (MLPG) is a non-partisan student group that provides Maine Law students an opportunity to gain real experience in the world of lobbying, public policy and government affairs. The group conducts research, generates legislative and administrative proposals, meets with legislators and professionals, and engages in communications work — all with the goal of implementing real policy changes.
The Maine Law Republicans (MLR) purpose is to provide the school’s conservative community an opportunity to represent the ideas and values of the Republican Party and to foster substantive discussions about politics and policies. The MLR mission is to preserve and defend Republican principles in all forms and forums both locally and nationally. The organization aims to coordinate events and trips to meet and speak with leading Republicans. The organization strives to provide students volunteer opportunities to benefit our neighbors and those in need in the community, while teaching the student body the value of integrity and leadership.
Matt Finer, President
Benjamin Hartwell, Secretary
The Maine Law Running is a group of students (and sometimes faculty and staff!) who get together on a regular basis throughout the school year to go on group runs along nearby trails and tracks, and to run local road races together. Our culminating event each year is the Rock Lobster Relay, a 200-mile relay which begins in beautiful Bar Harbor and ends here in Portland. In order to fund our activities, we hold giant, delicious bake sales and extend fundraising into the Greater Portland community. We love new faces and welcome anyone to join! Whether you’re a life-long runner, or just want to check out a short run every once in awhile, we’d love to welcome you on board!
Maine Law Students for Reproductive Justice seeks to educate, organize and support Maine Law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights. As part of this purpose, MLSRJ hosts events for the student body such as forums, speakers, films, and panel discussions. MLSRJ is a chapter of the national-organization, Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
The Multicultural Law Society (MLS) focuses on issues impacting underrepresented ethnic groups, including Maine’s refugee population. We are passionate about equal rights and fair treatment for everyone. We seek to create a forum for the community to address legal barriers affecting multicultural groups; Educate ourselves and our classmates on the disproportionate impact of the current legal practices on communities of color; Engage with community leaders to help meet the needs of the under-represented; and inspire current college and high school students to consider a career in law.
The National Lawyers Guild is an organization of attorneys, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers dedicated to progressive causes. The student group works closely with the local chapter on issues of mutual interest. Most recently, this has included legislative and educational activities addressing hate-violence, reproductive rights, capital punishment, diversity, and legal needs of the poor, among others. On the national level, the NLG is working on developing a job bank for progressively minded employers and attorneys, in addition to its work on a wide variety of national and international political causes.
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund purpose is to inform the law school community about current legal issues in animal rights and animal welfare law. We also seek to educate and carry out projects for organizations involved in animal welfare/rights.
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The Women’s’ Law Association (WLA) has developed in response to the increased awareness of the impact of the law on women and the impact of the growing number of women attorneys on the law. Through its educational activities, the WLA encourages the development of a network among women at the law school, women practitioners in all branches of the legal field, women in the judiciary and organizations in the state that are concerned with the issues affecting women.