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.


2020 Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture

Lee Gelernt, 2020 Coffin LecturerThe 28th annual Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service was presented virtually by Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, on October 29, 2020 at 7:00 pm. He discussed “Challenging Immigration Policies: An Inside View From an ACLU Lawyer at the Center of the Fight.” Sameer Ahmed, a clinical instructor at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program at Harvard Law School, introduced Mr. Gelernt.

A video recording of the event is available on Maine Law’s YouTube channel.

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.