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Alumni dinner to honor Peter DeTroy

April 16, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – Peter J. DeTroy III, a well-known and highly respected Portland lawyer and civic leader, will be honored Thursday night at the annual dinner of the Maine Law Alumni Association. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Portland Country Club.

DeTroy, class of 1972, will receive the association’s Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to the legal profession, cultural and charitable organizations, and his longstanding support of the University of Maine School of Law. DeTroy is a member of the Portland-based firm Norman Hanson DeTroy LLC, where he has worked since 1977. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Maine School of Law Foundation since 2007 and the Board of Directors of the Maine Law Alumni Association since 2011. DeTroy has earned a reputation as a top-notch litigator, and he has received numerous awards for his abilities in a wide range of practice areas. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in many specialties and is honored by that magazine as a “Lawyer of the Year” for Greater Portland. He is also recognized in the current publications of New England Super Lawyers and The Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. In 2009, he received the Harrison L. Richardson Award for Trial Advocacy awarded by the American Board of Trial Advocates.

A biography of DeTroy, prepared by the Maine Law Alumni Association, said: “Throughout his career, Peter has demonstrated exceptional leadership in legal, civic, and cultural causes. He has done much to advance the legal profession in Maine, including serving on the Advisory Committees for the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Maine Rules of Evidence. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors for the Maine Assistance Program and is the Chair of the Maine State Bar Association’s Silent Partners Program. He is also a passionate supporter of the Maine Bar Foundation’s Campaign for Justice. Peter is the Treasurer of the Gignoux Inn of Court and is on the Maine State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the State Employee Appeals Board and as Co-Chair of the Commission in Gender, Justice, and the Courts. Additionally, Peter has been on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Falmouth School Board.”

DeTroy received his A.B. from Bowdoin College in 1969 and his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 1972. He is married to Mary Roy and has six children and step-children as well as a young granddaughter.

The Maine Law Alumni Association sponsors a mentor program that matches students with graduates. The association also supports scholarships, public interest fellowships and other fellowships that enrich the Law School.

Graduates stay connected to the Maine Law community through the Maine Law Magazine, the Alumni Association Annual Dinner, and annual events across Maine and in such places as Washington D.C., California, Boston, Atlanta, Connecticut, New York City, New Hampshire and Vermont. Many graduates also volunteer for activities at Maine Law, such as judging Moot Court presentations, serving on various panels and advising student organizations.

Membership in the Association is open to all persons who have attended the University of Maine School of Law for at least one year as a full-time student.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: tmaxwell@usm.maine.edu