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Law School strengthens ties to Northern and Downeast Maine

March 14, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – Peter Pitegoff, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law, and two other representatives of the school visited judges, lawyers and civic leaders in Aroostook and Washington counties this month.

Since joining Maine Law in 2005, Pitegoff has stressed the importance of the ties between Maine Law and the state’s far-reaching and rural areas.

He said the Law School welcomes students from northern and Downeast Maine, and offers multiple scholarships, including the Vafiades Scholarship that is intended for students from Aroostook, Piscataquis, Somerset, Penobscot, Washington, Hancock, and Franklin counties. For students who graduate from Maine Law and wish to continue to work and live here, school officials work diligently to connect them with job opportunities throughout Maine.

“This is Maine’s law school and we take our public mission very seriously,” Pitegoff said. “We’re committed to promoting justice throughout the state, which includes engaging our students with the bench, the bar and the community in every county.”

Pitegoff, along with Adjunct Professor Alison Beyea and Tina Claypoole of the Maine Law Advancement Office, met with judges, lawyers and civic leaders in Houlton and Presque Isle on Monday, March 12, and in Machias on Tuesday, March 13.

Here is a list of the attendees:

Houlton: Stephen D. Nelson '02, Hon. Bernard G. O'Mara '73, Michael E. Carpenter '83, Jeffrey Pickering '75, Richard L. Rhoda '72, Torrey A. Sylvester '70, Forrest W. Barnes Esq., Kurt Kafferlin Esq., David Edgar Esq.

Presque Isle: Jefferson Ashby '92, Richard L. Currier '80, James M. Dunleavy '96, Alan F. Harding '78, Frank Bemis Esq., Luke M. Rossignol Esq., Norman G. Trask '88, Dan Umphrey '09, Ms. Heather Ouellette, Hon. E. Allen Hunter, Donald N. Zillman, President, Univ of Maine at Presque Isle, Kari Wells-Puckett '09.

Machias: David J. Fletcher '71, Hon. Robert E. Murray Jr. '88, Hon. Lyman Holmes , Hon. John V. Romei '75, Cynthia Huggins, President, Univ of Maine at Machias, Stuart Swain, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Univ of Maine at Machias, Betsy Fitzgerald, Washington County Manager, Mary Jane Good '99, Margaret Priest '05.

On Saturday, April 28, lawyers from every county in Maine will come to Portland for a free continuing legal education seminar, titled “How to Build a Solo or Small Firm Practice in Maine.” The event, sponsored by Maine Law and the Maine State Bar Association, will provide practical information about launching a law practice, and it will also be an opportunity for students and recent graduates to network with practicing lawyers from across Maine.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law

Office: 207-228-8037/Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: tmaxwell@usm.maine.edu