January 22, 2018
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Maine Law students earn recognition for pro bono work

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From left to right: Maine Supreme Court Justice Jon D. Levy, Maine Law students Kimberly Watson, Katherine Malia, and Michael O'Brien, Justice Ellen A. Gorman, Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley)

PORTLAND, Maine — Three students at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland were honored this fall by the state’s Katahdin Law Student Recognition Program, for providing free legal assistance to Mainers who cannot afford an attorney.

Third-year law students Kimberly Watson, Katherine Malia, and Michael O’Brien were recognized for completing more than 50 pro bono hours. The hours were above and beyond any other volunteer work the students performed for law school credit, or during internships. The program is part of the larger Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program, which is overseen by the state Supreme Judicial Court, and acknowledges Maine lawyers who complete more than 50 pro bono hours in a year.