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The Hon. Caroline Glassman, legal pioneer and friend to Maine Law, dies at 90

July 14, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Law community lost a beloved friend this month. The Hon. Caroline Duby Glassman, an inspiration and role model to countless lawyers in Maine and beyond, died on the morning of Tuesday, July 9, due to complications from a fall. She was 90.

Justice Glassman was a retired Maine Supreme Court Justice and wife of the late Justice Harry Glassman, who was one of Maine Law’s original faculty members in 1962. Justice Caroline Glassman had been a member of the University of Maine School of Law Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Maine Law Board of Visitors for many years.

The Portland Press Herald published an article about her life, and an editorial in her honor. Here is an excerpt of the editorial:

As a lawyer, Caroline Glassman fought for the rights of individuals who faced the awesome power of the state when they were charged with a crime. As an appellate court judge she crafted opinions that shaped the law to protect the rights of defendants in our justice system. But she will probably be best remembered for her work on behalf of a whole class of people, women in the legal profession, who benefitted from her trailblazing performance as the first female justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. There she was known for hard work, tenacious advocacy and penetrating intellect. Her success made the gender of other nominees for the supreme and superior court almost unremarkable. Glassman died Wednesday at the age of 90, leaving a lasting legacy on the state of Maine.

"She broke the glass ceiling on the bench with such style, grace and passion that she carved out a path for so many of us that followed," said Maine's Chief Justice Leigh Saufley. "Many of us have lost a good friend, and the world has lost a stalwart supporter of individual rights."

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: trevor.maxwell@maine.edu

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