The University of Maine School of Law’s highest-profile graduate, Gov. Janet Mills, returned to her legal alma mater on Thursday, Jan. 12, to help inaugurate its new headquarters in Portland’s Old Port.
The building at 300 Fore St. is larger, better equipped and closer to the state and federal courts and law firms than the aging cylindrical structure on the edge of the University of Southern Maine campus that had been the law school’s home. Other branches of the University of Maine — including the Graduate and Professional Center and the Graduate School of Business — will install offices there as well. Bicycle storage and a prayer room are among the amenities.
The university took over the space from the Council on International Educational Exchange, which made pandemic-induced staffing cuts and moved to smaller quarters in South Portland in the autumn of 2021. The University of Maine School of Law was previously located at the intersection of Brighton Avenue, Deering Avenue and Falmouth Street, in a building that is now slated to be demolished.