Applications Are Now Closed for the Foundation’s Racial Justice Fund

The Maine Justice Foundation has started the inaugural grant cycle for its Racial Justice Fund. The Foundation’s deadline for applications for grants of up to $10,000 closed on Wednesday, March 10. For a full description of the Racial Justice Fund and its Advisory Committee and donors, visit www.justicemaine.org/grants-and-programs/racial-justice-fund. “Grants from the Racial Justice Fund will…Read More

24 February 2021, Posted in: Uncategorized

Welcome to Our New Board Members

Hallowell, Maine—The Board of the Maine Justice Foundation elected three new Directors at its meetings of September 11 and December 4, 2020. The work of increasing access to justice only happens because of the dedication of attorneys and other Maine people who volunteer their time on nonprofit boards, on state commissions and as pro bono…Read More

19 January 2021, Posted in: Uncategorized

Former Chief Justices: Maine Must Address Racial Injustice

Maine Voices: Racial Injustice is a Sad Reality and Maine Is No Exception   By Daniel E. Wathen and Leigh Ingalls Saufley – Special to the Portland Press Herald, September 10, 2020. “We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice …” Those are the first words of the preamble of the Maine Constitution.…Read More

21 October 2020, Posted in: Uncategorized

In Memoriam: Juliet C. Holmes Smith

The sudden loss of Juliet Holmes-Smith on August 14 was stunning and tragic. As an attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance and later the founding Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Juliet spent a career fighting for Maine’s vulnerable – especially for those escaping domestic abuse. Juliet possessed a perfect balance of fortitude and…Read More

20 August 2020, Posted in: Featured, Uncategorized

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

Maine Law gets funding to continue Rural Lawyer Project

From October 23, 2019 – MaineBiz By Renee Cordes The University of Maine School of Law said it has received funding to continue the Rural Lawyer Project, launched in 2017 to improve access to justice in rural communities. Danielle Conway initiated the program during her tenure as dean, in a three-year pilot with funding from the Maine…Read More

31 October 2019, Posted in: Featured, Uncategorized