Robert Checkoway (B.A. Brown Univ., 1973; J.D. cum laude Univ. of Maine School of Law, 1976) has been a licensed Maine attorney for over 40 years, admitted to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He retired from the US Department of Justice's Office of US Trustee, and in 2013 was one of a group of lawyers who volunteered to defend dozens of Indians charged with illegal harvesting of elvers after a dispute over state licensing. As a concerned citizen he has shown an active interest in the work of MITSC for many years.