University of Maine School of Law to hold Student Impact Summit on March 14th

University of Maine School of Law to hold Student Impact Summit on March 14th

The University of Maine School of Law is proud to showcase a sampling of the work of our students at the fourth annual Student Impact Summit on March 14, 2019.  Current and prospective students, alumni, members of the legal community, employers, and the general public are invited to this free event from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the Law School, 246 Deering Ave., Portland.

Participating students design academic posters and provide brief presentations on their experiential learning projects, research papers, books, or internships. Their poster topics will include:

  • Inclusionary Zoning in Portland
  • Sexual Orientation and the Maine Human Rights Act
  • Resources for Domestic Violence Survivors in the United States Coast Guard
  • The Continuing Impact in Maine of the 1776 Treaty of Alliance and Friendship Between Wabanaki and the U.S.
  • Policy Incentives for Expansion of Maritime Salvage Law to Outer Space
  • Predictive Analytics in Maine’s Family Division and Child Protective Proceedings
  • and more…

The student presentations will be followed by a panel discussion in the Moot Court Room that will highlight the work of student attorneys, who have been working on juvenile policy reform, in the Law School’s Juvenile Justice Clinic.  Juvenile Justice advocates are currently taking a hard look at restitution laws.  It is a complicated issue because, though restitution may compensate victims for their losses, it may also sabotage the future of system-involved youth. Even more problematic, ordering a youth to pay significant restitution may deepen the unequal treatment between children who have grown up with adequate resources and children who have grown up in poverty. This panel will debate the appropriate balance between accountability, compensation, and compassion, as they explore Maine’s current juvenile restitution statutes from various perspectives.

“I hope you will join us for this important and exciting event,” said Caroline Wilshusen ’07, Associate Dean for Admissions. “Our students are grappling with important and challenging issues and proposing innovative solutions.”