The University of Maine School of Law, the public and only law school for the State of Maine, will host its second annual rural practice focused workshop on April 14. The workshop, A Path to Rural Practice, is designed to introduce law students and other interested attendees to the opportunities of practicing in Maine’s rural communities.
This workshop is in support of Maine Law’s second year of the Rural Practice Fellowship Program, which places selected Maine Law students with practitioners during the summer in communities that would otherwise have limited access to legal services. With generous funding from the Maine Justice Foundation, and in collaboration with the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, the Maine State Bar Association, and the Maine Justice Foundation, the Law School launched the program in 2017.
For the inaugural summer, two Maine Law students fresh off their first year of law school headed north to Presque Isle to work in two separate law practices. The inaugural fellows were Ryan Rutledge ’19 and Cameron Goodwin ’19. Goodwin spent his fellowship experience at Smith and Associates Law Office, and Rutledge was at Bemis & Rossignol. This summer, four students have been placed in rural locations throughout the state. The 2018 Rural Fellows are: Brittanie Bradley ’19 at Hayes Law Office in Dover-Foxcroft; Ryan Rutledge ’19 at Mills, Shay, Lexier & Talbot in Skowhegan; Amanda Bridges ’20 at Bemis & Rossignol in Presque Isle; and Kathryn King ’20 at Fletcher, Mahar & Clark in Calais.
The 2018 Rural Fellows will participate as panelists during the April 14th event, which is pending approval for 1.5 CLE credits, including 1 Ethics Credit (Maine). This innovative half day program will begin at 8:30 am at the University of Maine School of Law, located at 246 Deering Avenue in Portland. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. A full list of topics, presenters, and information on how to register is available on the Maine Law Community website.