Portland Press Herald column by Dean Peter Pitegoff explores the past and future of Maine Law

February 5, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – Peter Pitegoff, Dean at the University of Maine School of Law, wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in the Feb. 5 edition of the Portland Press Herald.

The column, coinciding with this week’s reception for members of the Law School’s volunteer boards, offers a message of thanks to the people who have contributed to the success and positive momentum of Maine Law.

“This academic year brings us an opportunity to honor the 50th anniversary and our shared successes. It also is a time to say thank you to the people who make it possible – our hard-working staff, faculty, and students of course, as well as our alumni, friends, and donors,” Pitegoff wrote.

Pitegoff said he and other leaders at Maine Law are focused on the next 50 years, and that Maine Law must continue to evolve as a dynamic law school. He acknowledged the challenges of the recession and the job market, while congratulating recent graduates on their perseverance and drive to achieve their goals.

“The true story of any law school is ultimately told by its graduates, and we could not be more proud of them. As a group, they possess a resourcefulness and ingenuity that reflect the character of our State. They have found traditional and creative ways to use their skills and make an impact in their communities, in their careers and as civic leaders.

“Whether clerking for a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. or a state court in Maine or Alaska; lawyering in the expanding arena of data privacy; managing a lobster export business or a nonprofit enterprise; serving in a government agency or the legislature; working in a law firm, a legal services office, or simply hanging out a shingle – our recent graduates are contributing to a rich history of innovation at Maine Law.”


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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