Committee recommends moving UMaine law school to temporary Old Port location – Press Herald

5May 2021

In 2017, Architectural Digest named the School of Law building at the University of Southern Maine one of

eight ugly structures on campuses across the nation. The law school’s dean says she worked from house Wednesday morning because water puts into her workplace when it is drizzling. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer A University of Maine System Board of Trustees committee is advising a short-lived relocation for the University of Maine School

of Law to an office building in Portland’s Old Port before building of a new structure on the school of the University of Southern Maine. The proposal is being criticized by some professor at USM, who question spending almost$1 million

a year on lease when the existing structure is arranged for replacement. However university and law school leaders promoted the prepared move as vital to the future success of the law school, which just recently went through a reorganization to help improve its shows and financial standing. They stated the current structure, at 246 Deering Ave., is in such disrepair that it doesn’t make good sense for students and personnel to remain there.” What is wrong with the building is a four-hour discussion,”said University of Maine School

of Law Dean Leigh Saufley. Saufley said she worked from house Wednesday early morning since water puts into her workplace in the law school when it is raining. The school has actually not had the ability to make technology upgrades that were required throughout the pandemic to enable synchronised guideline of in-person and remote students and it would cost millions to seal windows, repair the roofing system and make the technology upgrades, Saufley stated.” The law school can’t grow,”she stated.”We can’t bring in more students due to the fact that the building restricts that. We can’t use the technology to make the

classes more available. We can’t bring in other programs because the structure doesn’t work and we would need to spend millions simply to have people in the structure. “On Wednesday the Board of Trustees’finance, centers and innovation committee all authorized a suggestion to the full board that the system enter into a lease at 300 Fore St., which now is the house of the Council on International Educational Exchange. The board will use up the recommendation at its May 24 conference and if approved the law school could move into the new area as early as this fall. The lease could cost the system up to$960,000 annually, not including running expenses, which are anticipated to add about$290,000 every year.

The UMaine System owns 246 Deering Ave. and operating costs there are about$550,000 each year. Those might be lowered by about $330,000 annually if the building were vacated. “I think it’s important to keep in mind for the general public record that this isn’t just,’We have to get a better structure,'”stated James Erwin, chair of the board of trustees

, throughout Wednesday’s conference. “This becomes part of a path towards a sustainable, vibrant, unique offering in a brand-new legal education market. I strongly support this but I want to be clear what the implications are. It’s a much larger offer than just relocating to another building.”

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