Edmund Muskie’s work impacts each of our lives, every day. The truth of this statement should become apparent as one explores the topics addressed in this symposium issue of the Maine Law Review, presented in honor of the centennial of Muskie’s birth. And yet, among the great American politicians, he may seem forgotten. His memory is in many ways confined to those who were present for his rise to national prominence in the 1960s, and to those steeped in environmental law, Maine political history, or one of the other fields in which he was most active. I will admit that prior to organizing the symposium from which this issue grew, I knew Muskie only as a caricature in a Hunter S. Thompson book about the 1972 presidential election.

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