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Mainebiz: Maine Law graduates needed to fill jobs in rural areas

Nov. 25, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – University of Maine School of Law graduates are well positioned for jobs in rural areas of the state, according to an article published in the Nov. 25 edition of Mainebiz.

The article, written by Douglas Rooks, quotes Peter Pitegoff, Dean at Maine Law, and Rachel Reeves, the Law School’s senior advisor for career services. Below is an excerpt from the article. To read the whole story, click here.

According to Peter Pitegoff, dean of the University of Maine School of Law, some 1,000 of the state's 3,700 practicing attorneys are age 60 or older — a point when at least some are thinking of retirement. And in the five most rural counties, lawyers older than 60 comprise more than half of current practitioners.

While there have been no legislative bills yet to head off a shortfall of legal services, the problem is getting some high-level attention at the law school and at the Maine Bar Association, where the current president, William Robitzek of the Lewiston firm of Berman Simmons, is giving it his personal attention.

Robitzek says that as the nation's oldest state demographically, it only makes sense that Maine would be experiencing professional shortages, and that the shortfalls would be most pronounced in rural areas where population, and often personal income, has been falling. The Maine Department of Labor projected 74 openings for lawyers each year from 2010 to 2020; 54 would be replacement openings and 20 would be new positions.

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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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