Marking Martin Luther King Day at U-Maine

ORONO, Maine — The dean of the University of Maine School of Law urged the 300 or so people who on Monday attended the 21st breakfast to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to stand on the side of justice.

“The law has power, coercive and legitimizing,” Danielle Conway told the crowd at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine. “It is up to each and every one of us in this room to ensure that we press law’s levers to ensure that the protections deriving from law’s ameliorative and restorative power serves those of us who are most vulnerable.

“The answers to many of your questions [since Election Day] are quite simple — law matters because it stands between justice and injustice,” she continued. “Place yourself on the side of justice, as did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Conway, who has been head of the Portland-based law school for 18 months, was born in Philadelphia in 1968, the same month King was assassinated.

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