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Seth Berner for Maine Legislature in 2012
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Maine Green Independent Party
Candidate for Maine House of
Representatives, District 115
169 Clinton St.
Portland, Maine 04103
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| Biography |
Cleveland, Ohio 1956
High School: Shaker Heights, Ohio
College: Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, graduated in 1978 cum laude, with a
BA in math and philosophy
Law School: Vermont Law School for
one year, then University of Maine School of Law, J.D. in 1983
Other Important Stuff
in law school in Portland I interned at the Maine Civil Liberties
Union and Maine Public Interest Research Group. When I finished
law school I was an associate in a Portland area firm for a year
and a half, then opened my own practice which I have run ever
since. My work is almost entirely for the poor and those trying
to change society in positive ways. My areas of concentration are
criminal defense, child protection, civil rights and appeals. It
is a matter of tremendous pride to me that Veterans for Peace
voted to make me an honorary member, as thanks for volunteer
legal work I did for them over a long period.
eight years I have been a chair of the Legal Redress Committee of
the Portland Chapter of the NAACP. I accept referrals from the
Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project. I was the campaign attorney in
Maine for Dennis Kucinich for President in 2004, and in that capacity
filed the suit that resulted in Maine agreeing that Party
caucuses are elections for the purposes of political speech - it
seems rather obvious but the Maine Attorney General's office
initially disagreed, and no other campaign had ever thought to
defend the point. (At that time I also took action against the Maine State Democratic Committee because it was improperly cheating Cumberland County out of a State delegate it was legally entitled to. Cumberland County Democrats can thank me for having the voice within their own party they are supposed to have.) I am a member of the National Lawyers' Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union.
also work for the community in non-legal ways. I have stood for peace on the corner of Congress and High Streets in Portland in rain, sleet and
hail every Friday for almost ten years, and regularly show my support on a wide range of social justice issues. I have organized rallies on single-payer health care. I have been a member of Maine
Peoples' Alliance and Equality Maine. I have been on the Executive Committee of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP for eight years, and am now serving my third term on the Board of Peace Action Maine. I volunteered on
the campaigns of Dennis Kucinich for President in 2008 and
Michael Brennan for US Representative in 2008. I volunteer at the South Portland Public Library.
For fun I sell books, records and other strange stuff at shows, flea markets and on the internet.
I perform regularly in theater productions around Maine. 2011 was
my 19th trip to the annual William Faulkner Conference at the
University of Mississippi, my ninth as a speaker on the program.
I know more about sports than is healthy (Go Buckeyes!), and more about punk rock than anyone else you know (I wrote music reviews for New England regional magazines for over 15 years).
I have lived in Portland since 1981, on Clinton Street with my sweetie Deb and her kids since 2005. Come by and pick something tasty from our vegetable garden, help us paint the house, and talk with me about what matters to you.
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