The University of Maine School of Law holds an annual Student Impact Summit to celebrate the significant and positive impact of student research on communities inside and outside of Maine. Participating students design academic posters and provide brief presentations on their experiential learning projects, research papers, books, or internships. The Summit was established in 2015.
2018 Student Impact Summit
The Law School held the third annual Student Impact Summit on March 22, 2018. The following students participated in the event:
An Intellectual Property Box is a special tax regime allowing a reduced corporate income tax rate for income derived from qualifying IP. IP Box Regimes have been present in most European countries since the early 1970s and are now in China and India. This project examines the goals and drawbacks of IP Box Regimes.
The Federal Crop Insurance Program is a safety net for agriculture producers. The law was changed to allow aquaculture to participate in the program, but producers still struggle to acquire adequate coverage. Re-evaluating certain provisions could enable the aquaculture industry to protect their commodity and increase the value of the industry overall.
“Thinking Outside the Box Inside the Walls”
The Prisoner’s Assistance Program of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic helps inmates at the Windham Correctional Center with a broad range of civil legal matters. We know of no other clinic in the country that does this kind of work. The program provides legal assistance to women and men who would otherwise not have access to it, and it also provides a unique opportunity for students to interact with a wide range of clients.
“Maine Public Campaign Finance”
The Clean Election Program, despite its flaws, intricacies, and restrictions, is a well-intended and well-utilized system. But, is it constitutional? To decide, this project focuses only on the “supplemental funding mechanism” – the opportunity to apply for more funding during the course of the campaign season – analyzing whether it passes the First Amendment test for freedom of speech commonly employed in campaign finance case law.
Drone laws and regulations in the U.S. are up in the air, much like the technology they’re trying to govern. This is especially true surrounding drone use near wildfires. Drone interference grounds aerial firefighting teams, resulting in increased risk of property loss, natural resource damage, and less reconnaissance information. It is time for a more active approach.
“Procuring Government Efficiency”
This project analyzes how efficiently the government spends taxpayer dollars in the procurement system. Specifically, the research is centered around what type of bidding procedures the government should use for each type of procurement and whether the analysis changes between state and federal procurements.
This research examines whether the state-law-defined fiduciary duties of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) Board of Trustees allows the Trustees to consider the broad economic impact of their investments or requires them to only maximize the rate of return. Research results are applicable to any MainePERS social investment or divestment campaign.
“Risk Assessment and Bail Reform in Maine”
The bail reform movement is leading to pretrial practice changes across the country, including the expanded use of actuarial risk assessment. Maine has not enacted bail reforms to prevent unnecessary pretrial detention, but our courts do use risk assessments in bail decisions in intimate partner violence cases. Analysis of risk assessment practice in two states can inform Maine’s current bail practice and provide models for bail reform.
Joann Bautista and Greta Lozada
“Latino Outreach in the City of Portland”
Portland has received an influx of residents from all across the globe over the last decade. Refugee and Human Rights Clinic students looked at ways to meet the needs of Latinos in Portland, legal or otherwise. As a result of their research, students collaborated with legal providers in Portland to put on “Know Your Rights” presentations geared to the Latino Community.
Bryn Gallagher and Barrett Littlefield
“Continuum of Care in Maine’s Juvenile Justice System”
A continuum of care is an array of primarily non-residential community-based programs, supports, resources, and services specifically designed to meet the needs of young people and their families in their homes. This project maps some existing resources along the continuum of care and sets forth a blueprint on how to identify and fill the remaining gaps.
The Laredo Project
The student poster presentations were followed by a panel presentation on the “Laredo Project: Maine Law Students at the Texas Border.” Since July 2017, students enrolled in the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic have traveled to Laredo, Texas to volunteer in week-long increments with the Laredo Project (a collaboration between Jones Day and the Rio Grande Legal Aid). Students’ work involves conducting intakes with detained women and assessing their eligibility for relief from deportation.