The Justice for Women Lecture Series brings distinguished speakers to Maine from around the world.

The Series reveals, celebrates, and honors global voices of people who have faced grave injustices and found the strength to make a difference and inspire others to do the same.


A world in which all women and girls are treated justly and with respect.


To promote global conversation about justice that inspires people to transform the lives of women and girls in both Maine and the developing world.


  • Transforming
  • Revealing
  • Inspiring
  • Empowering
  • Connecting Communities

The Justice for Women Lecture Series is presented by the University of Maine School of Law and supported by donations to the Justice For Women Lecture Series Endowment Fund at the University of Maine Law School Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

 Dean Danielle Conway

Dean Danielle Conway

Justice For Women is a shining example of what exactly Maine Law can contribute to our community. Each year the program builds us all closer to realizing self-empowerment and self-determination for women and girls worldwide
— Danielle Conway, Dean, Univ. of Maine School of Law


The Justice for Women Endowment Fund was established to sustain the lecture series for years to come. To support the Justice for Women Lecture Series with a donation, please contact the University of Maine School of Law Foundation at 207.780.4342 or use the online donation form.


With Leadership from Catherine Lee of Lee International, the University of Maine School of Law founded the Justice for Women Lecture Series in 2011.  A native of Lewiston, Maine, Cathy was personally transformed as a result of an opportunity to study in Brazil during high school.  "That experience opened up the world to me. I came to realize that people around the world share the same hopes and dreams."

Recognizing that Maine’s cultural landscape has seen significant change in recent years, Cathy and Maine School of Law continue to collaborate to bring this truly unique offering by both public and private sectors to all Mainers.


Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

Dean Danielle Conway

Hon. UnityDow*

Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Laureate*

Ruchira Gupta*

Libby Hoffman

Julia Kahrl

Catherine Lee, Esq.

Faye Luppi, Esq.

Jessica Neuwirth, Esq.

Prof. Charles Norchi

Hon. Albie Sachs*

Dr. Sima Samar*

Hon. Leigh Saufley

Martina Vandenberg, Esq.

Monique Villa

Cora Weiss, Esq.

Hon. Joyce Wheeler

Women's Law Association

* Past lecturers