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Our Mission

We bring exceptional women speakers from around the world to talk about a truth that binds us together: the truth of injustice. Our speakers are global activists and leaders, committing their lives to positive, enduring change.

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2019 Lecture


Maria Luisa Aguilar Rodriguez, MEXICO

The Human Rights Crisis in Mexico: Origins, Impacts, Opportunities.

Ms. Aguilar Rodriguez is a Mexican human rights advocate. She has spent the last eight years working to promote accountability for human rights violations at two of Mexico’s foremost human rights organizations. She joined the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Centro Prodh) after working at a grassroots organization in the State of Guerrero in Southern Mexico, a state notorious for its violence and human rights abuses. At Centro Prodh, she focuses on access to justice and reparations for victims of human rights violations. She advocates for new judicial mechanisms aimed at combating impunity and works on cases related to women’s and indigenous rights, torture (especially sexual torture against women), and enforced disappearances. Ms. Aguilar Rodriguez holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and a M.A. in Human Rights in Theory and Practice from the University of Essex, UK.  

The University of Maine School of Law is committed to access to justice for all. We believe in exploring global issues and developing our ability to have an impact on those issues through facts and thoughtful advocacy and gathering. Please join us for this year's lecture on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Abromson Community Education Center at 88 Bedford Street in Portland.

Our Impact

The program has reached tens of thousands of Mainers of all ages through conversations about justice, activism, and making a difference in our own communities. More than half of these are high school students from Maine’s most culturally diverse public schools. Engaging with our speakers has inspired students in their own social justice projects:

  • Muslim women students held panel discussions in their communities about their experiences living in Maine as Muslims and participated in a photo exhibit at USM’s LA College and MECA highlighting their writings
  • Deering students created and presented a play to fellow students to raise awareness about sex trafficking
  • Lewiston High School students presented a film about identity and racism at a public forum
  • Has inspired the focus of law students' clinical projects including anti-trafficking work


Dollars Raised

toward our goal to $500,000, which will allow the program to run in perpetuity - transforming, empowering and inspiring Maine women and girls into the future. 



Years working toward justice for women and girls in Maine

Justice For Women is the only event of its kind in Maine that consistently brings issues of injustice to the fore.



Mainers able to hear global voices

Over 7 years of lectures, more than 2,000 have attended a JFW lecture .

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Make a Donation

Our goal is $500,000. Help us continue to bring JFW to the people of Maine!


Collaborating for a better Maine

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 Dean Danielle Conway from Maine Law continue to collaborate to bring this truly unique offering by both public and private sectors to all Mainers.


The University of Maine School of Law is the state’s public and only law school, a vital resource serving our local, regional, national, and global community. Maine Law is an institutional public servant committed to providing an accessible and affordable  student-focused program of legal education and achieving the highest standards of ethical behavior. Our rigorous doctrinal and experiential curriculum, influential scholarship, and signature  programming prepare students to practice law, promote respect for the rule of law, and advance justice for all members of society.

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.

Justice For Women is a shining example of what exactly Maine Law contributes 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
Dean Danielle Conway
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