Class of 2020? (Flex Time Student)
Hometown: Portland, ME
Undergrad: Bates College
What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?
I focused on renewable energy development and policy work which included: community outreach for GridSolar, co-founding Dirigo Solar LLC, and serving as VP of Operations for the Biomass Power Association (BPA). I also co-founded Rwanda Bean Company, a Maine-based social enterprise aiming to increase prosperity for Rwandan farmers by directly connecting them to global markets. We reinvest 50% of our profits in farm development projects such as off grid renewable energy to building critical infrastructure such as washing stations and drying beds.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?
I chose to attend Maine Law because of its academic program, diverse faculty, location in southern Maine, and affordability. The ability to attend as a flex time student was also critical to my decision as it allows me to continue my work at the BPA, Dirigo Solar, and Rwanda Bean Company.
As a 2L, how would you describe your experience at Maine Law?
My experience has been somewhat unique as I bridge the 1L and 2L years as a flex time student. I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with two student classes, which has provided many diverse perspectives. Additionally, and without question, the program has sharpened my analytical and legal writing skills. Whether it is reading IRS regulations on renewable energy tax credits, or understanding how the Maine Department of Environmental Protections regulates wetlands, my experience to date has given me the skills to succeed outside of school.
What is one thing that has surprised you about Maine Law?
The externship program and community service opportunities. Maine Law is very engaged with the local community and is dedicated to giving back. This commitment to community service is a great strength and it allows students to get hands on legal experience while still in school.
What are you looking to do after graduation, and how has Maine Law helped to facilitate that goal?
I hope to continue to develop and promote local, renewable energy resources in Maine, and the US, and also to expand Rwanda Bean’s impact in Rwanda. Maine Law has and will continue to help facilitate these goals by expanding my knowledge of how these businesses intersect with the law. The academic program has expanded my skill set; improved my critical thinking and persuasive writing abilities; and enabled me to recognize just and equitable solutions to the issues that these businesses are built to address.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities, either on or off campus? What are they?
On campus I have been a member of the Energy and Environmental Group and the Maine Law Basketball Group.
When you are not at school, how do you like to spend your time?
Catching up on work! I also like to spend time outdoors – skiing in the winter and sailing/hiking in the summer- and to try all of the new restaurant options in the greater Portland area.
What do you like best about Portland?
The foodie culture, commitment to sustainability, and its location in southern, coastal Maine. Not to mention being home to Maine Law!
What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?
Eat! The First Friday Art Walks are also fun to attend.
If you could tell a prospective student one thing about Maine Law, what would it be?
If you are serious about attending law school, choose Maine Law. The stellar faculty ensure you receive a top tier education and the wider network of the entire Maine Law community help you to determine what you want to be doing after school.