PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Law Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Service Award to Peter J. DeTroy III at its annual dinner Thursday at the Portland Country Club.
DeTroy, who graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1972, will be recognized for his significant contributions to the legal profession, cultural and charitable organizations and his longstanding support for the state’s only law school, according to a press release issued earlier this week.
“I am very pleased and very honored,” DeTroy, 64, of Portland said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “I graduated from the law school 40 years ago but maintained an association with it and affection for it. My education there has allowed me to have the life I’ve had.”
DeTroy is a member of the Portland-based firm Norman Hanson DeTroy LLC, where he has worked since 1977. He has been a member of the board of directors of the University of Maine School of Law Foundation since 2007 and of the Maine Law Alumni Association since 2011.
DeTroy said Wednesday that while in law school his professors “loved the law and and were excited about teaching it.”
That was infectious, he said.
“The law school afforded me the opportunity to get into a field where I’ve found great joy and pleasure that has allowed me to help people,” DeTroy said.
The attorney also said that working in the law clinic during its early years allowed him to learn practical skills and the importance of public service.
“Throughout his career, Peter has demonstrated exceptional leadership in legal, civic, and cultural causes,” the alumni association said in the press release. “He has done much to advance the legal profession in Maine, including serving on the advisory committees for the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Maine Rules of Evidence. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors for the Maine Assistance Program and is the Chair of the Maine State Bar Association’s Silent Partners Program. He is also a passionate supporter of the Maine Bar Foundation’s Campaign for Justice.
“He has served on the State Employee Appeals Board and as co-chair of the Commission in Gender, Justice, and the Courts,” the press release said. “Additionally, Peter has been on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Falmouth School Board.”
DeTroy received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in 1969 before entering law school. He is married to Mary Roy and has six children and stepchildren, as well as a young granddaughter.
The Maine Law Alumni Association sponsors a mentor program that matches students with graduates, according to the press release. It also supports scholarships, public interest fellowships and other fellowships that enrich the law school.
Membership in the association is open to all people who have attended the law school for at least one year as a full-time student.