Professor Danielle Conway, after serving since February as dean-designate, today officially takes on the role of dean at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland.
Conway becomes the seventh dean and the first African American to lead Maine’s public law school since its founding in 1962. She replaces Peter Pitegoff, who had served as dean at Maine Law since 2005.
“I’m both thrilled and honored to become dean at Maine Law,” Conway said. “This is an institution with a vibrant history of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and public service. I look forward to building on that strong foundation, and creating new opportunities for Maine Law students and graduates.
“I envision a law school that will be even more engaged with private industry, nonprofits, and public and non-governmental agencies in Maine and beyond. We will focus on pathways to employment, from the point of enrollment all the way beyond graduation. And we will train our students to embrace entrepreneurism as well as the practice of law, giving them the tools they need to succeed in a demanding marketplace.”
Conway accepted the job offer in January, following a national search. As dean-designate since February, she has been deeply engaged in the operations and planning of the Law School, and has met with hundreds of students, alumni, and friends of the school. Previously, Conway was the Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor of Business Law and Director of the Hawai‘i Procurement Institute at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law. During her 14 years at Hawai’i, Conway earned a reputation as a leading expert in public procurement law, entrepreneurship, and as an advocate for minorities and Indigenous Peoples. She also has more than 20 years of active and reserve duty service with the U.S. Army, and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Professor Jeffrey Maine of the Law School chaired the seven-member committee that led the search for the school’s next dean.
“Professor Conway is an ideal match for the aspirations of our Maine Law community, and we feel incredibly fortunate she has chosen to join us as our next dean. She is an accomplished teacher, lawyer, scholar, and innovator. As director of the Procurement Institute, and as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, she also brings the administrative experience we were looking for. We’re excited and confident that Professor Conway is the leader we need to advance Maine Law during this critical time for legal education.”
List of deans, University of Maine School of Law
Edward S. Godfrey (1962-1973), Bert Prunty (1973-78), L. Kinvin Wroth (1978-90), Donald Zillman (1991-98), Colleen Khoury (1998-2005), Peter Pitegoff (2005-2015), Danielle Conway (2015-)