Peter Pitegoff has worked and written extensively in the areas of economic development, corporate organization, nonprofits, employee ownership, welfare and labor policy, and urban revitalization. His current research focuses on the evolution of community development finance over the past several decades, its relationship to economic justice, and related changes in the legal academy. He oversees the Economic Justice Fellowship program at Maine Law, which provides support and fieldwork stipends to students with a demonstrated interest in economic justice and community development. He has taught corporation law, business transactions, economic development, community development law, nonprofit organizations, corporate governance, employee benefits law, and professional responsibility and ethics.
Currently, Professor Pitegoff serves on the Board of Directors of Avesta Housing, a Portland-based nonprofit corporation that develops, manages, and advocates for affordable housing, and on its administration and finance committee. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Surf Point Foundation, an arts and artist residency foundation located in York, Maine.
From 2005 to 2015, Professor Pitegoff served as dean of the University of Maine School of Law. He worked with colleagues to expand Maine Law’s pivotal role in law, policy, economic development, and social justice in Maine and to achieve a higher profile for the Law School on a national and global stage. He served for ten years (2006-2016) on the board of directors of Coastal Enterprises, Inc., a national leader in community development finance, and on its executive and finance committee and as chair of its audit committee. He is a frequent panelist at a wide range of conferences and workshops. He served as co-chair of Maine’s Juvenile Justice Task Force, and as member of the Merit Selection Committee for the U.S. Magistrate Judge (District of Maine); the Advisory Committee on Legislative Ethics for the Maine House of Representatives; the Clinical Skills Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education; the Gignoux Inn of Court in Portland; and Maine’s Justice Action Group.
Professor Pitegoff joined Maine Law in 2005 after 17 years as a law professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. At SUNY, he served as vice dean for academic affairs and founded a clinical program in community economic development law in 1988, which has been a model for transactional clinics at numerous law schools. He helped coordinate an organized bar initiative to revise the New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and served on the New York State Chief Judge’s Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law. He previously was general counsel for the ICA Group, a Boston firm that assists community economic development initiatives nationwide, and taught as an adjunct at Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law. Prior to his career in law, he was a community organizer in eastern North Carolina and in Oakland, California.
Professor Pitegoff is a 1975 graduate of Brown University and a 1981 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden scholar.