Hon. Frank M. Coffin

The Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service honors the late Judge Frank M. Coffin, longtime federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former member of Congress, renowned leader and mentor in public service, and beloved friend of the University of Maine School of Law. The Lecture is presented annually by a distinguished speaker during the fall semester.


2019 Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture

In recognition of Judge Coffin’s centennial year, this fall’s Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service – the 27th in our annual series — will focus on Judge Coffin’s own life and his substantial contributions to the public good. Join Maine Law for a special two-part program celebrating his extraordinary legacy.

Dr. Richard MaimanThe two-day program will begin on Thursday, October 17 with the presentation of the 2019 Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service by the Judge’s biographer, Dr. Richard J. Maiman, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Maine. This evening event will begin with a reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the lecture at 7:00 pm. Both events will take place at the Portland Museum of Art.

The next day, Friday, October 18, a panel composed of former Coffin Clerks and Coffin Family Law Fellows will discuss their diverse public interest experiences and Judge Coffin’s impact on their careers. The panel presentation will begin at 11:00 am in the Moot Court Room at the University of Maine School of Law.

Both events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. For additional information and to register, please visit mainelawcommunity.org/2019-coffin.

Learn more

For more information on Judge Coffin view the Frank M. Coffin Catalog of Speeches, Addresses, and Lectures. This is a catalog of more than 140 speeches, addresses and lectures given by Judge Coffin on the following topics: the judiciary as an institution, judging, the law, the legal profession, legal education, and tributes to other judges, politicians, world leaders, professors and scholars.