Augur is featured speaker at December Senior College


LEWISTON — With the November elections in the past, Newell Augur, an attorney in Augusta who has worked for nearly 15 years in the fields of law and government relations, will present “A View inside the Maine State Legislature” at the Dec. 12 Food for Thought luncheon sponsored by USM LAC Senior College.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and the public is cordially invited.

Augur will give an in-depth view of how the Legislature works. He will focus on how ideas are drafted and introduced as a bill, how those legislative bills are discussed, debated and amended by the joint standing committees, how those bills are reviewed and ratified by the full Legislature and how they eventually become law.

The roles of the various participants in that process — state legislators and staff, the governor, the executive branch, lobbyists, advocates and the general public, among others, will be evaluated.

The lecture will also include a brief review of the results of the 2014 statewide election and the prospective issues that are likely to be introduced in the upcoming legislative session, set to get underway in January.

A Portland native, Augur started his own law and government relations practice a decade ago. He has been an active participant in statewide public policy discussions on issues related to child protection, solid waste management, government efficiency and business development.

From 2001 to 2005, Augur served as the director of legislative and public affairs for Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services where he was the organization’s principal spokesman and coordinated legislative strategy related to a wide range of human services programs. Prior to that, he practiced at a New York City law firm where he was responsible for all aspects of civil and criminal cases, and worked as the business manager for a newly formed charter school in Harlem.

Augur is a graduate of Deering High School, Georgetown University, Boston College Law School and the Tau Class (2012) of Leadership Maine. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Maine Children’s Growth Council and on the Maine Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice and Child Protection.

The luncheon will be held in Function Room 170 at USM LAC Senior College, 51 Westminster St. The cost, which includes lunch, is $7 with advance reservation or $8 at the door.

Reservations must be made by noon on Thursday, Dec. 11, by calling 753-6510. Any late callers will be considered “at the door.”