The University of Maine School of Law, the state’s public and only law school, has hired Jennifer Crane as Director of Advancement. She will be responsible for advancing the culture of philanthropy at Maine Law and partnering with foundations, corporations, and individual donors to raise funds to support the Law School’s initiatives.
Originally from New Hampshire, Crane has lived in Maine for 13 years. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 2005, and returned in 2011 to work in their Office of Development and Alumni Relations. During her time at Bowdoin, Crane worked in Annual Giving, Gift Planning, and directed the 50th Reunion Giving program. She brings diverse fundraising knowledge and experience to Maine Law.
“Joining Maine Law is a wonderful opportunity for me to support an institution that is part of the fabric of Maine, educating future leaders, engaging the community through one of the oldest clinical programs in the nation, and more,” said Crane. “I am thrilled to be a part of the vibrant Maine Law community.”
“Jennifer has hit the ground running since joining Maine Law a few weeks ago,” said Dean Danielle Conway. “I speak for the entire Maine Law Community when I say how fortunate we are to have such an eager, industrious, and capable fundraising professional at the helm in the Office of Advancement.”
As the state’s public law school, Maine Law relies on gifts from alumni, friends, philanthropic institutions, and businesses to fund scholarships, initiatives, and programs that support our quest to provide Maine with the most capable leaders for its future. Fundraising has become even more important in recent years, as tuition rates have been frozen since 2012. Maine Law has increased funding for scholarships by more than 170 percent in the past few years in order to compete with other law schools in New England and nationwide to attract high quality students to the law school and for Maine.