PORTLAND — The University of Maine School of Law awarded 90 degrees today during a commencement ceremony at Merrill Auditorium.

U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby addressed the graduates, asking them to help preserve democracy and law.

He instructed graduates, “to explain to friends and clients at every opportunity what the rule of law means, why this country has a constitutional democracy rather than a direct democracy and why it is that judges must remain accountable to the Constitution and the rule of law, not to the political or popular pressures of the moment.”

The student commencement speaker, Paul Brunetti of Lewiston, came to law school as a graduate of Bates College.

“We now are better prepared to face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” after the education received at the University of Maine School of Law, Brunetti said. 

The L. Kinvin Wroth Award was given to David Evans, a 1978 Maine Law graduate, president of the Maine Law Foundation and member of the school’s Board of Visitors, recognizing his professional achievements and service to Maine Law.