Maine Law Dean delivers keynote address at annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast

Martin Luther King, Jr. BreakfastOn January 16, 2017, Dean Danielle Conway spoke to a crowd of nearly 300 people who gathered to attend the 21st annual breakfast to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The breakfast is held annually to celebrate the life and legacy of King’s service while offering inspiration through diversity and social justice. The event was co-sponsored by the Greater Bangor NAACP and the University of Maine Division of Student Life in the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine

Dean Conway’s keynote remarks focused on the importance of standing on the side of justice.

“The law has power, coercive and legitimizing,” Dean Conway said. “It is up to each and every one of us in this room to ensure that we press law’s levers to ensure that the protections deriving from law’s ameliorative and restorative power serves those of us who are most vulnerable.”

She spoke at length on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Utah v. Strieff, “as a critical example of why America’s history with race remains salient not just for African Americans but for two constituent groups that exist as “the other” – specifically, those living in poverty and vulnerable immigrants.”

Dean Conway concluded with this statement, “Place yourself on the side of justice, as did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Her complete remarks from the breakfast are available here.

Senator Angus King also spoke at the breakfast, as well as UMaine students Nina Mahaleris and David Patrick.  The event was covered by the Bangor Daily News and WABI.