Maine Justice Foundation Leadership

Board of Directors - Executive Committee

William Harwood, President

Verrill

Bill Harwood begins a two-year term as the President of the Board in 2019. A graduate of Harvard University (B.A., 1974) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1978), Bill has been a partner at Verrill since 1984. He has devoted most of his 38-year career to representing public utilities before state and federal regulatory agencies. He has represented electric, gas, water and telecommunications companies in more than 50 major cases before the Maine Public Utilities Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Bill has served as a pro bono attorney in civil cases for hundreds of low-income Mainers. He received the 1991 “Outstanding Victim Advocacy Award” from Family Crisis Services for his pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence; the 1994 “Howard H. Dana, Jr Award” from the Maine Justice Foundation; and, in 1999, the Pro Bono Publico Award from the American Bar Association. From 1986 – 1993, Bill served on the Board of the Maine Justice Foundation (then the Maine Bar Foundation). He played a key role, as President, in implementing recommendations from Senator Muskie’s Maine Commission on Legal Needs. Bill helped found the Muskie Fund for Legal Services, Justice Action Group, Frank M. Coffin Family Law Fellowships and the Bar Fellows. He is an Honorary Life Fellow of the Foundation.


Janis Cohen (Co-Chair, Development Committee)

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 an Honorary Life Fellow of the Foundation.


Jerrol A. Crouter, Treasurer (Chair, Finance Committee)

Drummond Woodsum

Jerry is a member of Drummond Woodsum’s Trial Services Group. Jerry has 30 years’ experience as a civil trial attorney in both federal and state courts, including employment, commercial and construction litigation. He has extensive experience as a mediator and arbitrator. He regularly appears on behalf of public utilities and interested parties in water, electric, and gas proceedings before the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Jerry was named by Best Lawyers in America as Maine’s 2010 “Lawyer of the Year” in the category of Alternative Dispute Resolution, the first year the award was given. In addition, he has served as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law. Jerry received his JD from George Washington School of Law. He joined the Foundation’s Board in January 2019.He is an Honorary Life Fellow of the Foundation.


Michael J. Levey (Chair, Grants, Programs and Policy Committee)

Mike Levey of Winthrop graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1969, where he served on the Law Review. He served as clerk to a Judge on the Supreme Court of Ohio and thereafter practiced law in Cincinnati. Moving to Maine in 1974, he practiced in Winthrop as a primary care general practice lawyer, concentrating on family and real estate law. Chief Justices Daniel Wathen and Leigh Saufley appointed him four times to serve on Maine's Family Law Advisory Commission. Mike also served on Maine's Commission on Domestic and Sexual abuse, appointed by Governor Angus King. After 42 years of private practice in Winthrop, Mike transitioned into full retirement in early 2019. His law practice, principally under the name of Levey and Wagley, PA (now Levey, Wagley, Putman and Eccher), included long-term shareholder and staff relationships with Sally M. Wagley, Esq., Diane Poulin, Cheryl Webber, Celeste Gaylord and Michael Brown, each of whom worked with Mike for periods ranging from 20 to 37 years. In 2006, Mike was awarded both the MSBA Family Law Section's Outstanding Achievement Award and the Maine Judicial Department's Advocate for Justice Award. The Volunteer Lawyers Project gave Mike its Director's Award in 2017 for his role in the group's transition into an independent nonprofit.


Katherine Tierney (Chair, Governance Committee)

Katherine (Kate) Tierney is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the University Of Maine School Of Law. She is an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Office of the Attorney General. Prior to joining the Natural Resources Division, Kate was an Assistant District Attorney in Cumberland County. For over ten years she served in the domestic violence unit, prosecuting crimes involving family violence. In that capacity she was a participating member of the Violence Intervention Program, and she served on a state task force that explored the use of technology to prevent domestic violence. She lives in Yarmouth with her husband and two children. She is a Bar Fellow of the Foundation.


William D. Robitzek, Immediate Past President

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 an Honorary Life Fellow of the Foundation and co-chaired the 2018 Campaign for Justice.


H. Lowell Brown, President-Elect

Lowell Brown joined the Board of the Foundation in 2012. Lowell is an attorney whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and corporate compliance. He was Assistant General Counsel for Compliance at Northrop Grumman Corporation in California for ten years. Prior to joining Northrop, Lowell had been Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Assistant General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and a partner in the law firm of Heron, Burchette, Ruckert and Rothwell in Washington, D.C. Since moving to Maine, Lowell has been Counsel to the New York firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, and Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Sig Sauer. He is a Bar Fellow of the Foundation.

Lowell has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Maine School of Law. He also serves on the board of the Wayfinder Schools, which provides secondary education to at-risk teen parents. He is the author of the books The American Constitutional Tradition and High Crimes and Misdemeanors in Presidential Impeachment.


Michelle Giard Draeger, Secretary

Michelle 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.

Michelle Giard Draeger became the fifth Executive Director of the Foundation in May, 2020. A native of Maine, Ms. Draeger graduated from the University of Maine, School of Law. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Services, focusing on cases involving domestic violence.  Ms. Draeger then entered private practice at a litigation firm in Portland before moving to Washington, DC to join the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement where she worked for two years and then in the Commission’s Boston office for six years as a Senior Enforcement Counsel.  Upon Ms. Draeger's return to Maine with her family, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maine and later as an in-house counsel and compliance professional for a large healthcare entity.

Ms. Draeger has served on the Board of Trustees of the Falmouth Land Trust and has also served as Vice President and Chair of the Development Committee. Ms. Draeger was a member of the inaugural class of the New Girls Network and later served on the boards of the Maine Women’s Fund and the Maine Humanities Council.

Ms. Draeger is delighted to live, work and raise her two daughters in her native state of Maine with her husband, Scot and their best pal, Maple - their Vizsla.

Board Members

Albert G. Ayre
Ainsworth Thelin & Raftice

Mary Kathryn Brennan
Brennan & Rogers, PLLC

H. Lowell Brown, President-Elect

Grady R. Burns
University of Maine School of Law

Rep. Barbara Cardone
Gross, Minsky & Mogul, P.A.

Janis Cohen

Eric N. Columber, Ex Officio
Eric N. Columber, PC

Jerroll A. Crouter, Treasurer
Drummond Woodsum

Virginia E. Davis

Thaddeus V. Day, Ex Officio
Law Offices of Thaddeus Day, PLLC

Susan A. Faunce
Berman & Simmons

John Geismar
Norman, Hanson and Detroy, LLC

William Harwood, President
Verrill

Stephen P. Hyde

Kenneth W. Lehman
Bernstein Shur

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

Kelly W. McDonald, Ex Officio
Murray, Plumb and Murray

Gerald F. Petruccelli
Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow, LLP

Ronald Phillips

William D. Robitzek, Immediate Past President
Maine Lawyer Services

Robin Russel
School of Social Work, University of Maine Orono

Justice Warren M. Silver (Retired)

Katherine Tierney
State of Maine

Judith A. Fletcher Woodbury
Pierce Atwood LLP