The Constitution Day Lecture brings a distinguished speaker to the University of Maine School of Law annually to reflect on the significance of the U.S. Constitution. The Lecture typically takes place in September.

2019 Constitution Day Lecture

Judge WalkerThe 2019 Constitution Day Lecture will be presented by the Hon. Lance E. Walker, U.S. District Judge for the District of Maine, on Tuesday, September 17. The lecture will take place from 12:10 pm to 1:10 pm in the Moot Courtroom at the Law School, 246 Deering Avenue in Portland. The event is free and open to the public.

On October 11, 2018, Judge Walker was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, becoming the Court’s 19th federal district judge to have ever served in the District of Maine. Before his service on the federal bench, he was a judge on both the Maine Superior Court in Portland and on the Maine District Court. He was also a partner at a large Portland law firm for a dozen years where he was an experienced trial and appellate attorney specializing in complex litigation and insurance law. He has tried cases across the state and in federal court. He has argued appeals before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston and has been selected for recognition in respected peer-reviewed legal publications. As a judge, he has spoken with recovering addicts and caregivers on the issue of opioid addiction and its intersection with the criminal justice system. Judge Walker received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Maine, and graduated with honors from the University of Maine School of Law in 2000.