News and Upcoming Events


‘Law and Order’ and Real Life:  Interested in a career in Criminal Justice? Want to find out about what types of jobs exist and the career preparation needed? Maine’s top Criminal Division Prosecutor, Lisa Marchese, will talk about criminal justice careers.

Tuesday, October 27, 4-5 pm, Commons 211

Lisa is the Chief of the Criminal Division of the Maine Attorney General’s Office. She has handled over 100 cases involving murder or manslaughter charges.  A substantial number of those cases have been complicated jury trials involving technical forensic evidence such as DNA, ballistics, fingerprints, pathology and state of mind. She has tried cases ranging from OUI to welfare fraud to sexual assault to murder.

Lisa has chaired the Domestic Violence Homicide Review panel for the past decade.  This panel, which is legislatively mandated and is comprised of experts from criminal justice and social service agencies, reviews all domestic violence related homicides in search of ways to reduce the number of people who die as a result of domestic abuse.  She also currently serves on the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking working group.  Registration on Handshake appreciated, but not required. Open to all class years.

Boston Law School Forum:  meet with representatives of over 150 LSAC-member law schools. Students can obtain admission materials and financial aid information, and attend workshops that are not offered anywhere else. Admission is free.Thursday, October 29, Workshops Noon – 7 pm; meet with school reps 2-7  pm.  Renaissance Boston Waterfront, 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA  02210. Workshops include the law school application process; a discussion of issues of particular relevance to diverse applicants; roles of lawyers today; tips on taking the LSAT from the test developers; and a presentation on how to finance a legal education. You can find a list of scheduled times for the workshops online.

December 3, 2015, Thinking About Law School? 4-5 pm, TBA.

Is law school for you? Should you go right to law school or work for a while beforehand? What do law schools look for when evaluating applicants? What is the current employement outlook for lawyers? What’s new in admission trends? Is a legal education worth the price? These topics and more will be covered in this introductory session.

Ongoing:  Fridays when court is in session: The University of Maine Law School’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic invites Bates students to observe third year law students handling cases in Protection from Abuse cases for their clients. At Lewiston District Court, 71 Lisbon Street, Lewiston. The courthouse is about a mile from campus.  These cases involve petitioners seeking an order of protection in domestic violence cases.  If the petitioner does not have a lawyer, the law student will represent him or her free of charge.  Last spring, Bates students were able to shadow some student attorneys and their clients through the hearing process. Contact Nancy Gibson at if interested.

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