Maine Justice Foundation Leadership

Board of Directors - Executive Committee

William Harwood, President


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.

John W. Geismar, Treasurer (Chair, Finance Committee)

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. He is a Bar 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.

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.

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 was 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.

Board Members

Albert G. Ayre
Ainsworth Thelin & Raftice

Mary Kathryn Brennan
Brennan & Rogers, PLLC

H. Lowell Brown

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 Crouter
Drummond Woodsum

Virginia E. Davis

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

Susan A. Faunce
Berman & Simmons

John Geismar, Treasurer
Norman, Hanson and Detroy, LLC

William Harwood, President

Stephen P. Hyde

Kenneth W. Lehman
Bernstein Shur

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

Kelly W. McDonald
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