Victoria Barton, a third year student at the University of Maine School of Law, was recently awarded the 2017 Shur-Frinsko Award for Municipal and Local Governance.
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 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.
Victoria received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 2012, with an emphasis in public policy and comparative politics. At Maine Law, she has served as President of the Environmental and Energy Law Society from 2016 to present, and was recently recognized by the Katahdin Recognition Counsel for her commitment to providing pro bono legal services to those within the local community. She has an interest in energy and environmental law and has performed legal work for the administrative agencies overseeing energy and public utility regulation at both the state and federal level.
Victoria is a New England native with a passion for energy and environmental regulation. After law school, she is looking forward to continuing her work to advocate for a cleaner, more reliable, and cost-effective energy future.