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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Immersion in the Unfamiliar: An Education

  • 2011
  • Community

Jeff Thaler is the University of Maine’s Visiting Professor of Energy Policy, Law and Ethics, as well as Associate University Counsel, focusing on Umaine’s energy, environmental and sustainablility projects and initiatives. Jeff is a founder and Immediate Past-President of the American College of Environmental Lawyers; Environmental Practice Group Chair-Elect for Lex Mundi, an international law firm association; Co-Chair and a founder of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine; and has been listed for many years for his environmental law and his litigation practices both by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.

Jeff also is a long-time, passionate advocate of experiential education and uncomfortable learning. He created and has directed over the past 5 years the Williams College Winter Study Project “Resettling Refugees in Maine”, and is on the Williams College Boards of the Robert Gaudino Memorial Fund and the Tyng Scholarship. Jeff is a former Big Brother and Portland High School mentor, and has worked every Wednesday night for the past 10 years at the Center for Grieving Children as a group facilitator with families who have lost a loved one. Jeff also is a Williams College alumnus who graduated with Highest Honors in Political Science and magna cum laude, and a graduate of Yale Law School, sometime in the 20th century. He lives in Yarmouth with his wife Karen Massey, and has two sons: Greg, 26, and Kai, 23, both of whom speak many more languages than Jeff does.