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, the 27th annual Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service focused on Judge Coffin’s own life and his substantial contributions to the public good. Maine Law held a special two-part program celebrating his extraordinary legacy. Dr. Richard Maiman

On Thursday, October 17, Dr. Richard J. Maiman, Judge Coffin’s biographer and Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern Maine, presented the 2019 Coffin Lecture at the Portland Museum of Art. The next day a panel composed of former Coffin Clerks and Coffin Family Law Fellows discussed their diverse public interest experiences and Judge Coffin’s impact on their careers.

Video recordings of the lecture and the panel discussion are 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.