300 Fore Street, Portland, Maine

An Update from Dean Leigh Saufley on the University of Maine School of Law’s Facility

Dear Maine Law Community,

I write to update you on an exciting improvement related to the Law School. I am delighted to tell you that today the University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved a new interim home for the Law School through a five-year lease of the facility at 300 Fore Street in Portland. The new building will contain Maine Law, the University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center, and other representatives of the University System. The move to this light-filled, technologically updated, and welcoming new building will begin over the summer and will be staged to permit necessary renovations for the Law School’s use.

While we have been grateful for what we have accomplished in the unusual “Round Building” for the past 50 years, the System recognizes that the building has reached the end of its useful life for the Law School. The Chancellor, the Governor, and the Board of Trustees have been wonderfully supportive of all of the great work being done at the Law School, and new space is the first step toward a planned permanent new building for Maine Law and the Maine Center.

I am excited to share this news with you today, recognizing that there are many aspects of this change that are still in the planning stages. I know that there will be many questions about this move, and I look forward to providing updates as plans progress.

Leigh I. Saufley, Dean