Corporate and Philanthropic Leaders Donate $270,000 to Launch Racial Justice Fund

Hallowell, ME – Corporations and philanthropic leaders across Maine have joined forces to raise $270,000 to combat racial injustice and inequity throughout the state through the Racial Justice Fund of the Maine Justice Foundation. These corporate FOUNDERS and civic leaders are as follows: AARP Maine, Androscoggin Bank, AT&T, Baker Newman Noyes, Bangor Savings Bank, Bernstein…Read More

10 September 2020, Posted in: Press Release

Maine Justice Foundation Recognizes the Champions of Access to Justice

The Board of the Maine Justice Foundation is pleased to honor three outstanding Maine lawyers who are champions of civil legal aid: Jamie Kilbreth of Drummond Woodsum, Prof. Anna Welch of the University of Maine School of Law, and Daniel Keenan of McCloskey, Mina, Cunniff & Frawley. Board President Bill Harwood recognized their efforts to…Read More

13 July 2020, Posted in: Press Release

Access to Justice in Light of Recent Violence Against Black Americans – Statement of the Maine Justice Foundation

Every person in America must have access to the justice system and equal protection under the law. This is not a principle to be conditioned on race, gender, gender identification, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, financial condition or religion.  We cannot faithfully profess this belief while standing silent and still in the face of so many…Read More

8 June 2020, Posted in: Press Release

Maine Justice Foundation Announces New Executive Director

“After a national search, the Board of the Maine Justice Foundation has unanimously and enthusiastically selected Michelle Giard Draeger to serve as our new executive director,” announced Foundation President William S. Harwood. “She has the skills and abilities essential to leading the Foundation into the future and advancing our mission of ensuring access to justice…Read More

22 April 2020, Posted in: Our Work, Press Release, Uncategorized

Inaugural Grant from LGBTQ Justice Fund Awarded to Maine Equal Justice

The Maine Justice Foundation announced today that the inaugural grant from its LGBTQ Justice Fund has been awarded to Maine Equal Justice to fund a partnership with Maine TransNet, a group that advocates and supports Maine’s transgender community. Robyn Merrill, executive director of Maine Equal Justice, says “Research and our work in the community makes…Read More

28 October 2019, Posted in: Press Release

Local Banks and Credit Unions Recognized for Their Support of Civil Legal Aid and “Justice for All”

Governor Janet T. Mills hosted a tea reception at the Blaine House on October 7th to officially acknowledge and express her appreciation to a group of Maine banks and credit unions that support legal aid for poor and vulnerable Mainers. William S. Harwood, president of the board of the Maine Justice Foundation, welcomed representatives from…Read More

16 October 2019, Posted in: Press Release

SIS invests in Maine Justice Foundation

FROM SEACOASTONLINE.COM, 4/6/19 SANFORD — SIS Bank has become a Prime Partner in Maine’s “Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts” Program, an initiative that generates an ongoing source of funds to provide civil legal services for individuals and families who cannot afford it. “The Maine Justice Foundation welcomes SIS Bank as one of our Prime Partners,”…Read More

9 April 2019, Posted in: Press Release