Diversity in Maine’s legal community is a ‘black-and-white’ issue

Krystal Williams, 46, was one of nine non-white students who graduated in 2017 from the University of Maine School of Law.

The Portland lawyer doesn’t know how many of her fellow lawyers are Black like she is because no organization in Maine — not even the Board of Overseers of the Bar that licenses attorneys — gathers statistics on race or ethnicity. The Maine State Bar Association does not have a subcommittee devoted to understanding and promoting diversity as it does for…

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