The Award goes annually to a Maine Law student, who has demonstrated academic excellence and accomplishment in the area of municipal law, land use, or local governance, with a commitment to and capacity for further contribution to the field. It was established in 2005 with core support from the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer and Nelson, the family of the late Barnett I. Shur, and the Nelson & Small corporate family. The award honors Barnett I. Shur and F. Paul Frinsko, in recognition of their achievements in the practice of law and their leadership in municipal law.
Matthew has served in the Air National Guard for the past 10 years. He received his B.S. in Applied Social Sciences from Colorado State University Global Campus, and his A.S. in Electronic Systems Technology and Information Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. At Maine Law, he has served as a Staff Editor on the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, a member of Maine Law Democrats, and the Clerk for the Finch Society. He also recently presented at Maine Law’s 2018 Student Impact Summit on his policy proposals to utilize the federal crop insurance program to stabilize the aquaculture industry.
Matthew is a Wyoming native with an interest in property, municipal, and land use law. This summer he will be interning at WEX, Inc.