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ACLU of Maine welcomes new executive director

Posted April 28, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
Last modified April 28, 2014, at 10:52 a.m.
Alison Beyea
ACLU of Maine
Alison Beyea

PORTLAND, Maine — The ACLU of Maine is pleased to welcome incoming executive director Alison Beyea. Beyea comes to the ACLU from the University of Maine School of Law, where she served as director of admissions and adjunct professor of juvenile law.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alison Beyea to the ACLU of Maine team,” said Susan Peck, president of the ACLU of Maine Board of Directors, in a press release. “Throughout her impressive career, Alison has demonstrated a dedication to key civil liberties issues including criminal justice reform, children’s rights and women’s rights. She is the perfect fit to lead the organization forward.”

Prior to joining Maine Law, Beyea was the senior attorney for the Justice Policy Program at the Muskie School of Public Service, where she served as legal adviser to the Violence Against Women Measuring Effectiveness Initiative. She also served as a staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, where she co-founded KIDS Legal, a statewide program dedicated to addressing the legal needs of low-income children.

Beyea also has previous experience with the ACLU. She served as deputy director of the ACLU of Nevada in 1993, and her mother worked for the nationwide ACLU Women’s Rights Project in the 1970s.

Beyea served as law clerk to Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and to Chief Justice Daniel Wathen of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. She is a graduate of Maine Law and Kenyon College.

Beyea replaces Shenna Bellows.

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