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University of Maine School of Law

The University of Maine School of Law is located in Portland, Maine and is Maine's only law school. It is a freestanding institution within the University of Maine System. In practice, it is administered as a unit of the University of Southern Maine, which provides the law school's support staff and physical plant needs. However, the school is officially not a part of the University of Southern Maine, as its mission extends to the entire state of Maine, not simply the Southern region. The law school's current Dean is Peter Pitegoff, who assumed the post in 2005.

Many of Maine's judges, legal scholars, politicians and community leaders graduated from the law school, including the current Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the Hon. Leigh Ingalls Saufley, the State Attorney General, Steven Rowe, the State Senate Majority Leader Elizabeth Mitchell, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock, and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine, Paula D. Silsby.

The school is home to the Maine Law Review, the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal and the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, a free Clinic for people of low income in the area, as well as to the Marine Law Institute and the Center for Law and Innovation

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