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Copyright (c) 2004 University of Maine School of Law
Maine Law Review

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SCHOOL OF LAW LECTURE SERIES: TWELFTH ANNUAL FRANK M. COFFIN LECTURE ON LAW AND PUBLIC SERVICE: Strengthening Democracy: The Challenge of Public Interest Law

2004

56 Me. L. Rev. 211

Author

Scott Harshbarger *, +

Excerpt

I. THE PUBLIC INTEREST LAW SEA CHANGES

I would like to speak to you about a few thoughts that I have had, based on my Common Cause and Corporate Governance experience since 1999, the year I left elected public office, and began the process of "grieving"! When you lose an election, in spite of your hubris, self-interest, ego, you also face the fact you lost! The votes are not going to change, even though, once in a while, you would like to believe there is still three percent sitting in some ballot box in Boston that represents your margin of victory. And every time it's said, as it was in California last fall, that we just have to accept the fact that they may miss three percent of the votes, and that it doesn't really matter, I say to myself that that's a problem! But I lost the election and one phase of my life ended, after thirty years. I am sure all of you have had some experiences like this.

I was faced with the challenge of what to do now, after a life and career seemed to have come to a close: a career that I loved, that gave me the opportunity to work with exceptional professionals who came together in a community committed to a standard of professional excellence, to try to do the right thing, to try to make a difference in the quality of people's lives, to represent people who without me had no ...
 
 
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