Amber Duguay

Mountain Valley High School, 2007
University of Maine at Farmington, 2011
Western New England University School of Law, 2014
Current town: Freeport

“Take advantage of every opportunity to learn and improve yourself while you have the time.”

For Amber, that meant not only being the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree, but going on to earn a law degree to fulfill her passion for public service. Now back in Maine, Amber has a job she enjoys, working to protect both employers and employees as an Abuse Investigation Unit Attorney Advocate at the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board in Portland. A cancer survivor, she also volunteers as a team leader for the Dempsey Challenge, helping raise funds to support those managing the impact of cancer.

How has receiving the Mitchell Scholarship influenced your post-grad years?
The Mitchell Scholarship is more than just a scholarship; it is a community and a resource. I was lucky to receive a Fellowship Award from the Mitchell Institute that afforded me the opportunity to take an unpaid internship at a legal aid provider during one summer in law school, and helped cover my living expenses while providing legal services to indigent residents. Also, when I needed an attorney to introduce me to the Maine Bar during the swearing in ceremony after passing the bar exam, I looked to the Mitchell Alumni Group on Facebook and was able to connect with an attorney who was able to help. Having attended law school in Massachusetts, I didn’t have a lot of legal connections in Maine at the time!

What’s your favorite spot in Maine?
Reid State Park in Georgetown! I grew up going there, and my wife and I are hoping to celebrate our pandemic-era wedding there with a bigger event when it is safe to do so!