Judge Unity Dow to present the inaugural Justice for Women Lecture

The University of Maine School of Law’s inaugural Justice for Women Lecture, featuring the Honorable Unity Dow of Botswana, will take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Abromson Community Education Center in Portland.

Unity Dow is an international human rights advocate, a former judge, and a novelist. She served for a decade as the first female Judge of Botswana’s High Court and returned recently to the practice of law, addressing challenges of HIV/AIDS, child protection, violence against women, and human rights in Botswana and other African nations.

An acclaimed author and novelist, Unity Dow has published five books addressing gender issues, her nation’s poverty, and the struggle between Western and traditional values and has taught and lectured around the world. She co-founded the AIDS Action Trust, is a member of International Women’s Rights Watch, and serves as Executive Committee Chair of the International Commission of Jurists. Judge Dow grew up in rural Botswana, and studied law at the University of Botswana and Swaziland and at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

The Justice for Women Lecture Series brings a distinguished speaker to Maine annually to present a public lecture and to contribute to a global conversation about justice for women and girls. The University of Maine School of Law established the Lecture Series in 2011 with the leadership and generous support of Catherine Lee of Lee International. The Lecture Series is supported further by the University of Maine School of Law Foundation and other generous donors. For additional information on this event please contact Lexie Moras in the Dean’s Office at 207-780-4344 or