Aga Pinette

Aga Pinette

Biography

After completing her law degree at the University of Maine School of Law in May 2012, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Maine Law Review, Aga was hired to serve for a one-year clerkship with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. She will be clerking for the Honorable Justice Ellen Gorman from August 2013 to August 2014.

Prior to law school, and upon graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Environmental Earth Sciences, Aga worked as a senior land use planner for the State of Maine, where she coordinated regulatory reviews of significant and controversial land use proposals in Maine’s North Woods, wrote agency rules, developed policy on a range of complex rural land use planning issues, and conducted public proceedings involving constituents with diverse interests and objectives. Just prior to attending law school, Aga led a contentious five-year regulatory review of the largest development project in Maine’s history—Plum Creek’s long-range planned growth and conservation scheme encompassing 400,000 acres in the Moosehead Lake region.

While in law school, Aga has studied a broad spectrum of legal issues that offer insights into ways of thinking about local, regional, and global problems and solutions. For example, applying her tax law and land use background, she analyzed the feasibility of applying certain Maine-based tax incentives and programs related to working waterfront preservation to other coastal states. The analysis was part of a broader effort by the Maine Sea Grant and National Sea Grant Law Center to address the disappearance of water-dependent fisheries and marine trades caused by the conversion of working waterfront land to other uses such as vacation homes. Aga also researched the legal frameworks that facilitate the incremental privatization of some of Maine’s most cherished coastal beaches, rivers, and lake shores through the purchase of shorefront and the installation of expansive docking structures for private use. Her legal analysis on this issue was published in Volume 65:2 of the Maine Law Review. As Editor-in-Chief, Aga also organized a colloquium in February 2013, focused on legal issues confronting food systems and local food movements in the United States. The event brought together legal scholars from across the country to discuss and debate the future of the U.S. food system.

Fellow Activity

Fellows in the News | Jun 26, 2013
Switzer Fellow Thought Leadership | Jul 19, 2012

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
2012
Academic Background:
University of Maine School of Law, JD
Current Position:
Law Clerk at Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Expertise:
Environmental Policy & Law
Energy & Climate Change
Land, Open Space, Smart Growth
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy

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