PORTLAND, Maine – Professor Deirdre Smith, Director of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland, was named Outstanding Alumna for 2013 by the law school’s Women’s Law Association.
Smith, a 1994 graduate of Maine Law, was honored at a reception on Nov. 22. An accomplished scholar and teacher, Smith has been Director of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic since 2004. Through the Clinic, student attorneys are specially licensed to practice law and provide free representation to low-income individuals and families. Under Smith’s leadership, the Clinic has expanded to include clinical courses in the areas of Juvenile Justice and Refugee and Human Rights, in addition to programs in general practice for clients in need, for prisoners, and for victims of domestic violence.