Ambassador Rick Barton, Co-Director of the Princeton Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative, will present the 25th annual Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law & Public Service on October 25, 2017. He will discuss “International Peacebuilding: America’s Role in a Troubled World.”
The Lecture Series, sponsored by the University of Maine School of Law, honors the late Judge Frank M. Coffin, longtime federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former member of Congress, and renowned leader and mentor in public service.
Ambassador Barton’s diplomatic career includes over 20 years of peacebuilding work in more than 40 global conflict zones. He has broad experience in addressing international conflict having served as former Deputy High Commissioner of the United Nations Refugee Agency, former U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and the first Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Ambassador Barton was actively involved in the establishment of UN Women, the advancement of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, the post-earthquake reconstruction in Haiti, and efforts to better align U.S. and UN development programs. In 2013, he received a Department of State Distinguished Honor Award for his promotion of peacebuilding as well as the empowerment of women, youth, and other agents seeking peaceful change.
The 2017 Coffin Lecture will be at 7:00 pm on October 25, at the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street, Portland. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please register at www.mainelawcommunity.org/2017coffin or at 207.780.4344.