ORONO, Maine — Portland lawyer Jeffrey A. Thaler has been appointed University of Maine visiting professor of energy law, policy and ethics.

Thaler, 58, also will serve as liaison with University of Maine System and institutions around the state involved in the new UMaine-based statewide curriculum in renewable energy to be developed by former UMaine President Robert Kennedy, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

Thaler’s appointment will be for a two-year period beginning Aug. 29.

In addition to his faculty appointment in UMaine’s School of Economics, Thaler will serve as University of Maine System associate counsel, focusing on UMaine’s energy, environmental and sustainability projects and initiatives. He will teach UMaine courses for undergraduate students and graduate students, in addition to workshops for students and others, perhaps including sessions on the environmental permitting process for engineers and others who are not attorneys.

“I am very excited to help the University of Maine become a national leader educating current and future professionals in one of the country’s fastest-growing fields — that of alternative energy generation and the efficient use of our electricity, heat and fuels,” Thaler said in the press release. “The chance to also help implement projects and initiatives, not just teach about them, is also evidence of UMaine’s commitment to help Maine develop more good-paying job opportunities while also reducing adverse environmental impacts.”

Thaler said Wednesday he would leave Bernstein Shur to take the position at the university. In recent years, he has represented Maine Mountain Power LLC and Allen’s

Thaler is a Yale Law School graduate who founded the American College of Environmental Lawyers, serving as that organization’s president in 2010. He also is a founder and co-chairman of the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, and serves on the Land for Maine’s Future Board.