Name: Isabel Mullin
Class of 2016
Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Undergrad: Denison University, Granville, Ohio
Majors/Minors: Major in economics; Minor in political science
What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?
I attended Denison University from 2006 through 2010. During my undergraduate years I had the opportunity to intern in Congresswoman Pingree’s office in Portland, Maine, for a summer. I also lived in Santa Elena, Venezuela for a summer volunteering with an organization that provided therapeutic horseback riding lessons.
Following graduation, I began working as a financial representative with Fidelity Investments. I worked at Fidelity for just under two years. I eventually realized I did not want a career in the finance industry, and I moved back to Maine where I resumed work in Congresswoman Pingree’s congressional office as a Staff Assistant and as the Campaign and Finance Assistant for her 2012 reelection campaign. Following the election, I transitioned to a legislative aide position with the State Senate Democratic Office in Augusta where I worked for four state senators helping with constituent service and legislative work.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?
I chose the University of Maine School of Law for a two main reasons: first, once I moved back to Maine I didn’t want to leave again. I am convinced that this is one of the most amazing places on earth, with beaches, ski mountains, and extremely kind people with an incredible work ethic. There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not grateful I stayed here.
The second reason I chose Maine Law is that I loved the culture of this school. I was told that it had a supportive environment with rigorous academics, and that couldn’t be more true. My classmates are some of the most incredible people, and will bend over backwards to help one another out.
What has been most helpful to you in making the adjustment to the life of a Maine Law Student?
Again, I would have to reiterate the amazing culture at Maine Law. My classmates consistently help each other out and accessing anyone (students, professors, staff) at the school is as easy as knocking on their door or sending an email. When I have a question, the staff, professors, and administration go out of their way to help answer it.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities, either on or off campus? What are they?
On campus, I participate in the Women’s Law Association (WLA) and the Maine Association for Public Interest Law (MAPIL). I am also serving as a 1L Representative to the Student Bar Association (SBA) where I serve on the Events Committee and the Services Committee.
In my time off campus, I volunteer on a number of political campaigns and I am a member of the current Emerge Maine class, an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office.
Portland has a reputation for its vast array of food options. Do you have any favorite restaurants or grocery stores?
I love Rosemont Market and Bakery, which has a few locations throughout Portland and is known for its local produce and foods. It is too hard to identify my favorite restaurant because it seems like a new establishment opens every day. The options are endless and incredible. Let’s just say I never go hungry.
What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?
My favorite thing to do in Portland is look up at the sky at night. Portland is a small city, so the moon and stars on a clear night are absolutely breathtaking.
For someone who is considering attending Maine Law, how would you describe the student community here?
I would describe the student community as just that, a community. Every student has a unique background and experience that they bring to Maine Law. We don’t only spend our days in the classroom together, but students are constantly organizing events and gatherings that are open to the entire student body.
Students also invite one another to their non-Maine Law events. For example, we have a rugby player in our class that invites everyone to his games, we had a student organize a dinner and movie night, and we have classmates who lend their cars so that other students can go vote. This is just a small picture of the student community at Maine Law. I am still in my first semester, but I already know that my classmates will not only be my future colleagues, but also some lifelong friends.