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Former Maine Chief Justice Introduced As Dean Of Maine Law

Former Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley was introduced today as the new dean of the University of Maine School of Law. The introduction was made on YouTube as the pandemic continues to force the law school faculty and students to study at home.

Saufley said lawyers will play an even more important role in a society dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When we step back and look at the world today, it becomes very clear that it is in these times of challenge that we truly understand just how important excellent and innovative lawyers are to a thriving democracy,” she said.

Saufley said the world needs lawyers who can be problem solvers, business advisors, litigation strategists, and public servants. She credited the school for helping her legal career thrive.

“When I graduated in 1980, I could never have envisioned the doors that this law school would open for me. And those opportunities have expanded for Maine Law graduates through the intervening years,” she said.

Saufley said UMaine law school grads are making the world a better place. She cited Gov. Janet Mills, former Chief Justice Dan Wathen and Trevor Hughes, president of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, among others.