Taylor Kilgore“I wanted a different way and another language to help people with.”

Taylor Kilgore graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in May 2013. She is currently the Attorney/Owner at Taylor S. Kilgore, Attorney at Law.

Before she came to Maine Law, Taylor Kilgore was a mental health case manager, advocating for people with severe and persistent mental illness.

“As a social worker, my clients were getting involved in a number of different ways with the legal system all the time, from bankruptcy to guardianship situations. I found myself being on the periphery of the law,” Kilgore said.

“My focus has always been on people. I wanted a different way and another language to help people with.”

During her 1L summer, Kilgore was a Bernstein District Court Fellow, working for two judges at District Court in Lewiston. The next summer she worked as a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, and she continued there during the fall semester of 2012. One case handled by Kilgore, in which she represented a prisoner involved in a civil complaint, was heard by the highest court in Maine. Kilgore made oral arguments before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court with Professor Jim Burke as second-chair.

“There is nothing else like it,” Kilgore said of her experience at the Clinic. “You are the attorney. There is a safety net there, with professors who are going to guide you along the way, but you are the one arguing the case or negotiating a settlement. While you are still a student, you have this tremendous opportunity, and this responsibility, to help people through some really difficult times in their lives.”