Alison Beyea is the Executive Director at the ACLU of Maine, where she oversees the organization’s legal, legislative, public education and development activities.
Before joining the ACLU of Maine in 2014, Ms. Beyea held a variety of positions in not-for-profit and educational institutions. Most recently she was the Director of Admissions and an Adjunct Professor of Juvenile Law at the University of Maine School of Law. Prior to her time at Maine Law, Ms. Beyea spent years advocating for juvenile justice policy reform at the Muskie School of Public Service and providing direct legal representation to Maine children at Pine Tree Legal Assistance. In 2003, she co-founded KIDS Legal, a statewide legal assistance program housed within Pine Tree and dedicated to addressing the unique legal needs of low-income children in Maine.
In addition to representing youth in civil, educational and mental health matters, Ms. Beyea has worked closely with Maine’s judicial and executive branches to orchestrate systemic change to advance the needs of low-income youth.
Ms. Beyea graduated from the University of Maine School of Law and served as law clerk to Judge Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Chief Justice Daniel Wathen of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Ms. Beyea is the author of multiple articles on the legal rights of children and received the Maine Judicial Branch’s “Advocate for Justice” award in 2004 for her efforts to enhance the quality of legal representation and services for low-income children in Maine.