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March 28, 2023

Maine Trial Lawyers elects youngest board member in association history

Kelly, Remmel and Zimmerman
Sanchita Mukherjee

The Maine Trial Lawyers Association has elected to its board of governors an attorney who is believed to be the youngest board member in the association's history.

Sanchita Mukherjee represents victims of trafficking trauma, practices family law and works on civil cases at Kelly, Remmel and Zimmerman in Portland. 

At age 26, Mukherjee is believed to be the youngest attorney ever to be elected to the MTLA’s board of governors.

Kelly, Remmel and Zimmerman is a law firm with 13 attorneys on staff at 53 Exchange St.  

The Maine Trial Lawyers Association is a professional organization for Maine personal injury lawyers and other attorneys who represent plaintiffs, assisting them with continuing legal education and other tools to help improve their practices. The MLTA also advocates for improved access to justice and the right to a trial by jury.

She joins attorneys Lauri Boxer-Macomber and Stephen Koerting on the statewide board, whose mission includes promoting the administration of justice, improving the practice of law, protecting access to Maine courts, and ensuring the right to a jury trial. 

“I am humbled, surprised, and eager to get to work,” said Mukherjee. “The Maine Trial Lawyers Association is a powerful force of advocacy in this state. I am excited to have their support in advocating for not only the administration of civil justice but racial justice as well.”

Mukherjee has been co-chair of the association's Racial Justice Committee since 2021.

“Involvement in a legal process is difficult regardless of race, religion, or creed,” said Mukherjee. “However, significant and unique barriers to justice exist for those who are differently educated, not wealthy, not white, and/or not citizens. These barriers are only exacerbated when attorneys cannot recognize them. I believe that MTLA’s mission of promoting diversity in the bar and promoting excellence in trial advocacy includes recognizing these barriers and creating mechanisms to dismantle them. That is my goal as co-chair of the Racial Justice Committee, and that is my aim in practice.”

Mukherjee was born in Hyderabad, India, and moved to Richmond Hill, Canada, in 2000. In 2008, she moved to Sarasota, Fla., and, after receiving an undergraduate degree in microbiology and cell sciences from the University of Florida, she moved to Maine to study at the University of Maine School of Law.

She was the Roger Putnam public interest fellow at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, where she specialized in the protection from abuse program, family law and juvenile defense. She interned at the Federal Defenders — District of Maine and at the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine.

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March 29, 2023

Proud of you Sanchita. God Bless.

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