The Maine Board of Bar Examiners awarded the 2014 Kenneth R. Clegg Award for Excellence to Kevin Decker, who graduated from Maine Law in May 2014. This Award is presented each year to the person who obtains the highest combined score on the Maine Bar Examination in his or her first attempt at passing a bar exam.
Kevin Decker currently serves as judicial clerk for Judge William J. Kayatta, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Kevin graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in philosophy, and then worked for several years in Boston at an organization that supports civil legal aid programs. At Maine Law, he was Articles Editor for the Maine Law Review, and served as a Teaching Assistant for the Legislation & Administration class and the Criminal Law class. He externed at the United States Attorney’s Office in Portland and, during the summer after his 2L year, was a summer associate at Bernstein Shur in Portland.
The Award honors the memory of Kenneth R. Clegg, a member of the Maine Board of Bar Examiners from 1989 to 2002 and its first Treasurer. Ken was a clerk for Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court and a champion of fairness in the courtroom. He also was a poet, novelist, cyclist, cellist, gourmet cook, and world traveler. The Board trusts that recipients of this Award will be inspired to follow Kenneth Clegg’s example as a positive force for the profession and a person who broadly enriches life.