Maine Law Announces Public Interest Fellowships

April 16, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – Peter Pitegoff, Dean at the University of Maine School of Law, has announced the recipients of student fellowships for the summer of 2012, plus other student awards that have been issued outside the graduation awards cycle.

Funds raised through the Maine Association of Public Interest Law (MAPIL) auction on April 5, combined with Law School funds and other donations, support the array of summer fellowships for students working in the public interest, Pitegoff said.

“This impressive list of placements and awards reflects the valuable contribution our students provide to the bench, bar, and community,” he said.

MAPIL Fellowships:

Benjamin Birney – Americans United for the Separation of Church & State, Washington, D.C
Danielle Cardona – Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, MA
Elizabeth Carnes – Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Portland, ME
Andrew Dickgiesser – South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, New Delhi, India
Isabel Ekmann – Volunteer Lawyers Project, Portland, ME
Emily Alves Gaewsky – Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, MA
Tavis Hasenfus – Disability Rights Center of Maine, Augusta, ME
David Laurendeau, Maine Center on Deafness, Portland, ME
Jacqueline Moss - Planned Parenthood Federation of America, New England Region
Kate Power – Commission on the Status of Women, Augusta, ME
Valerie Randall – Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Portland, ME

Bernstein District Court Fellowships:

Katherine Bozeman - Judge Beliveau - Lewiston District Court
Holly Doherty - Judge LaVerdiere - Augusta District Court
David Faherty - Judge Douglas - Springvale and York District Courts
Sara Murphy - Judge Powers - Portland District Court

Horace J. Libby/PUC Fellowship:

Elizabeth Valentine - Maine Public Utilities Commission

Legislative Fellowship:

Brendan O'Brien - Representatives Philip Curtis and Andre Cushing

Linda Smith Dyer Fellowship:

Amy Olfene - Maine Women's Policy Center

Bride Family Fund Entrepreneurial Fellowships:

Elizabeth Albers: Turtle Love Co. (early-stage entrepreneurial venture)
Jeanette Durham: Azaria (IT company product development)
Elisa Paylor: A Fresh Start (start-up to assist homeless clients)

Northeast Association of Corporate Counsel, Law Student Ethics Award:

Meghan Higgins

Shur-Frinsko Award for Municipal Law and Local Governance:

Daniel D’Alessandro

Charles A. Harvey, Jr. Trial Practice Immersion Fellowship:

Braden Clement

Cushman Anthony Clinic Fellowship:

Nicole Bissonnette


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
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