Women’s Law Association honors Professor Deirdre Smith, ‘94

October 31, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – The Women’s Law Association at the University of Maine School of Law has selected Maine Law Professor Deirdre Smith as the recipient of its annual Outstanding Alumna Award.

Prof. Smith is a 1994 graduate of Maine Law. She is an accomplished scholar, an excellent teacher, and, since 2004, Director of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. The Clinic, which was established in 1970, is one of the oldest continuously-operating law school clinical programs in the country. Through the Clinic, student attorneys are specially licensed to practice law and provide free representation to low-income individuals and families. The Clinic is a defining program of Maine Law, providing practical skills training for students, and helping fulfill the school’s commitment to social justice.

Under the leadership of Prof. Smith, the Clinic has expanded since 2004 to include clinical courses in the areas of Juvenile Justice and Refugee and Human Rights, in addition to programs in general practice for clients in need, for prisoners, and for victims of domestic violence.

Every fall semester, the Women’s Law Association awards one alumna for outstanding contributions to the legal community. Past recipients have included former U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby, Maine District Court Judge Beth Dobson, Maine Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley, Professor Nancy Wanderer, and attorneys Jennifer Archer and Sara Gagne-Holmes.

A reception in honor of Prof. Smith is scheduled for 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, on the 7th floor of the Glickman Library, on the campus of the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Women’s Law Association Scholarship Fund, and the continuity of the Outstanding Alumna Award.

For information about the Nov. 22 event, please contact the WLA at


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

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