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Bangor Daily News highlights unique public service program for immigrants

Feb. 10, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – Jeff Thaler, a visiting professor at the University of Maine School of Law, is a leader of a unique public service program that places students from his alma mater, Williams College in Massachusetts, in the homes of Portland immigrants and asylum seekers.

Thaler was recently interviewed about the program by reporter Seth Koenig of the Bangor Daily News. Click here to read the full article. Here’s an excerpt:

Jeff Thaler, the Williams College alumnus and Portland lawyer who helped found the Williams-at-Home program, said the families who host the students learn more about their new home country and build connections with young people who are fluent in American culture.

“This must be like the moon to them,’ Thaler said of the host families. “They come from Africa to here, where there’s subzero weather, and they have to survive.”

Thaler is Visiting Professor of Energy, Law & Ethics at the University of Maine and the University of Maine School of Law.

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

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