De'Anna MillsBackground

Class of 2017

Hometown: Aurora, CO

Undergrad: Metropolitan State University of Denver

Majors/Minors: B.S. in Criminal Justice & Criminology

What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?

Worked as a corrections case manager in both residential and prison settings.

Maine Law

Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?

Maine Law has a collegial atmosphere that you cannot find at many law schools. At Maine Law you have the opportunity to cultivate your passion for the law, in a field that interests you, with the support of faculty and professionals that have the network and connections to support your interests.

What has been most helpful to you in making the adjustment to the life of a Maine Law student?

The support of the faculty and legal community, and their willingness to embrace students and their interests, but also support from your peers. Fellow students with whom we compete academically, still at the end of the day want to see you do well.

What is one thing that has surprised you about Maine Law?

The flexibility, and support you will find from faculty when you want to pursue something that doesn’t fit the traditional law school curriculum. You have the ability here to create externships, independent studies, and summer jobs for yourself, and have the full support of faculty in doing this.

What are you looking to do after graduation, and how has Maine Law helped to facilitate that goal?

I hope to stay in Maine and practice, right now I would like to do work surrounding human trafficking, indigent legal defense, prisoner’s rights and juvenile outreach.


Are you involved in extracurricular activities, either on or off campus? What are they?

I am involved in several student groups on campus: Parents in Law, Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL), Women’s Law Association and I am a Student Ambassador. I also currently serve as the Vice President of the Student Bar Association.

When you are not at school, how do you like to spend your time?

When I am not at school, I like to spend time with my husband, and two kids, Jaxson, 6 and Brayden, 4. We go to the beaches and lakes, or spend time in Portland exploring and at the Eastern Promenade watching the boats.


What do you like best about living in Portland?

Great food, and music everywhere. The art walk on the first Friday of the month.


If you could tell a prospective student one thing about Maine Law, what would it be?

Maine Law has a great network of faculty and professionals that are looking to support you through your education and your employment in the future. There is no better place to find connections and support than in a school that values you for not only your academic skill, but your interests, and life experiences.