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ABA Approved Since 1962


Our Mission


The School, which fosters close student/faculty interaction, seeks to educate students from a variety of backgrounds through a Juris Doctorate degree program providing the public and private sectors with distinctive members of the legal profession. The University of Maine School of Law is the only law school in Maine and one of only two public law schools in New England. With responsibilities to the statewide University System, it is committed to educational excellence, professionalism, maintaining a strong core curriculum for students, and acting as a resource for the entire state and region. In addition, the School contributes nationally and globally to the advancement and improvement of the law in a number of ways including providing leadership in scholarly and professional research and writing. The School also engages in extensive public service aimed at improving the law and the legal system.


Our Size


With a total student body of around 270, we are among the smallest fully accredited law schools in the United States. Our size, which intentionally remains small, allows for a personal, one‑on‑one study of the law. Professors serve as teachers, writing advisors, activity leaders, moot court judges and colleagues.


Program of Study


The three year curriculum is intensive and challenging. It is both broad and general in nature, offering courses in subjects as diverse as international business transactions and environmental law, as well as traditional core courses. The underlying purpose of the curriculum is to give students a solid foundation in legal and policy analysis and practical lawyering skills that will serve them well in any field they choose to pursue. Though teaching methods vary from course to course depending on the instructor and the subject matter, the overall emphasis is on personal contact between student and teacher, as well as among the students themselves. Some upper‑level courses have enrollments of between 10‑20 students; class sizes of 20‑40 are common.


Our Commitment


We take our responsibility as a public institution very seriously. Here faculty and students help create and comment on state and federal law and policy. Our students benefit the public through service to low income clients in the Law School's Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, through summer public interest fellowships with legal services agencies and government offices, through the Law School's Patent Program and Marine Law Institute, and through individual volunteer projects. Our graduates in turn bring a sense of public service into their careers, whether they pursue them in the private or public sectors. Not surprisingly, our alumni include several of Maine's former Governors, and current Attorney General, United States Attorney and Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court as well as many employed in Washington, D.C.




Our faculty bring a wide range of experience to the classroom, and are noted for their exceptional ability as teachers. They are graduates of Berkeley, Boston University, Chicago, Columbia, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Maine, Michigan, NYU, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, Puget Sound, Virginia, Wisconsin and Yale Law Schools. Before our faculty began teaching, they were judicial clerks, private practitioners, government attorneys, and research scholars. Many continue to serve as advisors to legislative, judicial and professional bodies and as members of government commissions. Their research spans matters of state, national and international interest and examines topics as varied as international treaty practice, Maine tort law, domestic violence, marine law, coastal zone management, federal tax elections, constitutional controls over the military, rules of evidence, intellectual property and commercial practices.



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PETER PITEGOFF, (Dean and Professor of Law), born New York, N.Y., 1953; admitted to bar, 1981, Massachusetts; 1988, New York. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1975); New York University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Business Law, Ethics, Corporation Law. Email:

SHERRY L. ABBOTT, (Assistant Dean for Student Affairs), Education: University of Maine (B.A., 1995; M.A., 2003; J.D., 2004).


LEONARD AGNETA, (Director, Maine Patent Program), admitted to bar, 1999, New Mexico. Education: University of New Mexico (B.S.M.T., 1989; J.D., 1998). COURSES: Patent Law.


ANGELA CROSSMAN AREY, (Research and Writing Instructor), Education: American University (B.A., 1995); University of Maine Law School (J.D., 2005).


E. JAMES BURKE, (Associate Clinical Professor), born Maine, 1949; admitted to bar, 1976, Maine. Education: Bates College (B.A., History, 1971); Western New England College School of Law (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law. Email:


DAVID P. CLUCHEY, (Professor), Education: Yale University (A.B.); State University of New York at Albany (M.A.); Harvard University (J.D.). COURSES: Antitrust, Business Associations, Economic Regulation of Business, International Trade Law.


ORLANDO E. DELOGU, (Professor, Emeritus), Education: University of Utah (B.S.); University of Wisconsin (M.S.; J.D.). COURSES: Land Use, Environmental Law, State and Local Government, Property, Administrative law, Medical Legal Process.


JAMES FRIEDMAN, (Professor), Education: Brown University (B.A.); University of Chicago (J.D.). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Labor Law, Jurisprudence, Law & Terrorism.


CHRISTINE DAVIK GALBRAITH, (Associate Professor), born Oak Park, Illinois, June 24, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, Illinois. Education: University of Illinois (B.S., 1992; J.D., 1995). COURSES: Contracts, Intellectual Property. Email:


RITA S. HEIMES, (Research Professor and Director, Center for Law and Innovation), Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1990); Drake University Law (School J.D., 1993). COURSES: Internet Law, Intellectual Property Law, Copyright and Trademark Law. Email:


H. CABANNE HOWARD, (Assistant Professor), Education: Cornell University (B.A.); Georgetown University (J.D.). COURSES: Canadian Legal System, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility.


COLLEEN A. KHOURY, (Professor), Education: Colby College (B.A.); Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago Kent College of Law (J.D.). COURSES: Income Tax, Contracts, Business Associations, Land Transactions.


CHRISTOPHER A. KNOTT, (Associate Professor and Director of Law Library), Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1985); University of Michigan (J.D., 1988); Indiana University (M.L.I.S., 1994). COURSES: Advanced Legal Search.


LOIS R. LUPICA, (Professor), Education: Cornell University (B.S.); Boston University (J.D.). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, Negotiation, Professional Responsibility, Consumer Law Property.


JEFFREY A. MAINE, (Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs), born Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, January 18, 1967; admitted to bar, 1994, Florida. Education: Florida Atlantic University (BBA, 1989; MBA, 1990); Stetson University College of Law (J.D., 1993); University of Florida College of Law (LLM, 1994). COURSES: Taxation. Email:


CHARLES H. NORCHI, (Associate Professor), Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1979); Case Western (J.D., 1986); Yale University (LL.M., 1989; J.S.D., 2006).


CHRISTOPHER M. NORTHROP, (Associate Clinical Professor), admitted to bar, 1989 North Carolina; 1993, Maine. Education: Grinnell College (B.A., 1983); University of North Carolina (J.D., 1989). Email:


DAVE OWEN, (Associate Professor), Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1996); University of California, Berkeley School of Law (J.D., 2002).


DAVID P. PALLOZZI, (Assistant Dean of Admissions), born Portland, Maine. Education: St. Michael's College (A.B., 1984). Email:


ALISON RIESER, (Professor, Emeritus), Education: Cornell University (B.A.); George Washington University (J.D.); Yale University (LL.M.). COURSES: Coastal Zone Law, Marine Resources Law, Environmental Law, Law of the Sea.


MARTIN A. ROGOFF, (Professor), Education: Cornell University (B.A.); University of California at Berkeley (M.A.); Yale University (LL.B.). COURSES: Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws, European Community Law, International Business Transactions, International Law, Legal History.


DEIRDRE MAUD SMITH, (Associate Professor and Director of Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic), born Bennington, Vermont, March 21, 1967; admitted to bar, 1994, Maine. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1988); University of Maine (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Clinical Education, Trial Practice. Email:


DEBORAH TUERKHEIMER, (Professor), Education: Harvard College (A.B., 1992); Yale Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Evidence, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Women and Law, Domestic Violence. Email:


LAURA S. UNDERKUFFLER, (Visiting Professor), admitted to bar, 1978, Minnesota. Education: Carleton College (B.A., 1974); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1978); Yale University (LL.M., 1987; J.S.D., 1994).


NANCY WANDERER, (Professor and Director of Legal Research and Writing), Education: Wellesley College (B.A.); George Washington University (M.A.); University of Maine (J.D.). COURSES: Legal Research, Writing and Oral Advocacy.


THOMAS M. WARD, (Professor), Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A.); University of Notre Dame (LL.B.); University of Illinois (LL.M.). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial Law, Intellectual Property.


JENNIFER WRIGGINS, (Professor), Education: Yale University (A.B.); Harvard University (J.D.). COURSES: Torts, Family Law, Clinic, Gender and the Law.


MELVYN ZARR, (Professor), Education: Clark University (A.B.); Harvard University (LL.B.). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts.


DONALD N. ZILLMAN, (Godfrey Professor), Education: University of Wisconsin (B.S., J.D.); University of Virginia (LL.M.). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Natural Resources, Torts, Property.