Maine Justice Foundation Leadership

Board of Directors - Executive Committee

Sally N. Mills, President

Hale & Hamlin, LLC

Sally Mills grew up in Blue Hill, Maine and is a graduate of George Stevens Academy.

She graduated magna cum laude/phi beta kappa from Wellesley College (with a junior year at the London School of Economics and Political Science) and received an MPhil in Russian Language and Literature from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies/University College London. She trained as a solicitor in England, receiving her CPE and LPC from the University of the West of England, and worked as an articled clerk with a large London firm. She then moved to the London branch of a large US firm where her practice focused on Project Finance, general banking, and corporate work in the CIS and Central Asia.

Since joining Hale & Hamlin, Sally’s practice has focused on Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate, Environmental Law, and Family Law. She is a member of the Maine State Bar, the John Waldo Ballou American Inns of Court, and the Law Society of England and Wales. Sally is also a Maine Justice Foundation Bar Fellow.

William D. Robitzek, President Elect

Maine Lawyer Services

Bill Robitzek was a successful trial lawyer for over 35 years before starting his current practice as a mediator, arbitrator and trial consultant. After graduating from Williams College, he did a short stint as a teacher and then attended Boston University School of Law. He is a former President of the Maine State Bar Association and the New England Bar Association. He has served on Maine’s Professional Ethics Commission and been a frequent speaker at Maine State Bar Association seminars on trial practice subjects. He is a Maine Justice Foundation Bar Fellow.

John W. Geismar, Treasurer

Norman Hanson & DeTroy

John Geismar has lived in Minot, Maine and practiced in Lewiston, since 1982. John graduated from Colby College and New England School of Law, cum laude. John works with taxpayers in tax planning and structuring transactions, and represents businesses and individual clients in audit appeals to the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Tax Court. John's practice includes entity formation issues, governance, transactions, operations and asset acquisition finance. He integrates commercial real estate and tax planning in a practice that designs and serves as a qualified intermediary in connection with tax deferred exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. John serves as general counsel to a health care system in Lewiston, Maine, which includes an acute care hospital, one of the largest nursing homes in the state, and an integrated physician practice. He advises the Board of Directors in corporate governance and compliance matters, and oversees contracting initiatives for the health system. John has served on numerous community and non-profit boards and chaired the Minot Planning Board for over 15 years.

Diana C. Scully, Secretary

Diana is responsible for overall management of MJF in order to maximize resources that support access to civil justice, including legal aid, pro bono legal services, and related law education.

Diana has been MJF’s Executive Director since June 1, 2013. She returned home to Maine to begin this work after a 15-month interlude in Washington, D.C., where she was Senior Director of State Services at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities.

Diana served three stints in Maine State Government. In 2006, she was appointed Director of Maine’s Office of Elder Services. During the 1980s, she held key positions in Maine’s Department of Human Services: Director of Rehabilitation, Director of Welfare Employment, and the Commissioner’s Special Projects Director. During the mid-1970s, Diana was a nonpartisan Legislative Analyst for the Maine Legislature.

Diana has had extensive consulting experience. Throughout the 1990s until the mid-2000s and again during 2011, she operated her consulting firm Vantage Point. She served more than 60 private nonprofit and public clients, including the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission for whom she served as part-time Executive Director and the Maine Health Access Foundation for whom she was start-up consultant (and later served on the Board.)

Early in her career, Diana worked as a research assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health, a policy analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures, and a Peace Corps community organizer in the Philippines. She has a B.A. degree from Wellesley College and an M.S.W. degree from the University of Michigan.

Diana has served on many local, state and national boards. Her most recent volunteer service is as a board member of Hallowell’s Harlow Art Gallery. She enjoys reading, theater, travel, and her Sunday conversations with her son James who lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

Barbara A. Cardone

Gross, Minsky & Mogul, P.A.

Barbara A. Cardone received her Bachelor's Degree cum laude from Georgetown University in 1982 and her law degree cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1985. From 1985 to 1986, Barbara served as law clerk to David G. Roberts, Associate Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

She has been representing clients in family law matters and general civil litigation for over 30 years. Barbara was the Chair of the Maine State Bar Association Family Law Section for 2002-2003 and is a Past President of the John Waldo Ballou Inn of Court in Bangor. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a member of Maine Bar Association's Family Law Section. Barbara has served as an Associate Justice on the Penobscot Tribal Court and lectures on family law issues at continuing education seminars for lawyers. Barbara is admitted to practice in Maine and Massachusetts. She is a Maine Justice Foundation Bar Fellow.

Because she believes that the actions of an individual can improve the community, Barbara volunteers her time to several organizations. She is on the Board of Directors of the Maine Justice Foundation, an organization charged with supporting programs that provide legal services to the poor in order to guarantee everyone access to justice. She is President of the Board of Directors of Amicus Corporation, an organization that supports men and women with cognitive and other disabilities in the Bangor area. She is an active member of the Zonta Club of Bangor, a worldwide service organization dedicated to improving the status of women. Barbara volunteers in the Penobscot Volunteer Legal Aid Clinic. She is also a Trustee and volunteer gardener at Ecotat Gardens in Hermon.

Janis Cohen

Janice is a retired attorney, formerly vice-president and managing counsel of the investment lawyers at Unum Group where her work focused on commercial real estate. In addition to working at Unum, she was in-house counsel at a non-profit educational and social services corporation, served as compliance director for the State of Maine on a right-to-treatment consent decree case, and was in private practice. She spends part of the year in Sarasota, FL where she is president of the board of directors of Pierian Spring Academy, a life-long learning program that is in the process of merging with Ringling College of Art and Design. She has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission, the Justice Action Group, the Maine Turnpike Authority, the Finance Authority of Maine and the Maine Milk Commission. Before going to law school, she worked as a psychologist and a police officer. She is a Maine Justice Foundation Bar Fellow.

David C. Pierson, Immediate Past President

Eaton Peabody

David Pierson is probably the only construction lawyer in Maine to have spent the first fifteen years of his career owning and running a successful construction business. His experience was gained in building projects like the Thomas Moser Cabinet Makers factory in Auburn and other commercial and industrial projects as well as overseeing the construction of the Good Shepherd Foodbank’s 52,000 Sq. Ft. warehouse facility as head of its building committee. All of this adds to his unique knowledge and insight on construction, contracting, general business and economic development that few can match.

A practicing attorney since 1993, Pierson has been named among the Best Lawyers in Maine by his peers in the area of construction law since 2007. He serves as corporate counsel to the Maine Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors and Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Maine.
In addition to his work on construction matters, David has worked extensively with municipalities, non-profit development corporations and commercial developers on commercial and industrial economic development projects. David mediates construction and commercial disputes and has served as a mediator or as an arbitrator in numerous construction disputes. He also represents clients in land use matters, the prosecution and defense of land use enforcement actions and appeals of planning board and zoning board decisions to the Superior Court and Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Dave is a Maine Justice Foundation Bar Fellow.

Board Members

Amber Attalla
Bernstein Shur

Albert G. Ayre
Ainsworth Thelin & Raftice

Mary Kathryn Brennan
Law Office of Smilie G. Rogers

H. Lowell Brown

Hon. Howard H. Dana, Jr.

Virginia E. Davis

Scot E. Draeger
Bernstein Shur

Diane Dusini
MittelAsen, LLC

Benjamin S. Fowler
Fowler Law Office

William S. Harwood
Verrill Dana, LLP

Aaron P. Kouhoupt
Bangor Savings Bank

David Levesque, Ex-Officio
Law Office of David Levesque, P.A.

Michael J. Levey
Levey, Wagley & Putman, P.A.

Stephen D. Nelson, Ex-Officio
Severson Hand & Nelson, P.A.

Harold C. Pachios
Preti Flaherty

Robin Russel
School of Social Work, University of Maine Orono

Ari B. Solotoff
Bernstein Shur

Katherine Tierney
Assistant District Attorney, Cumberland County

Judith A. Fletcher Woodbury
Pierce Atwood LLP