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

Report shows how to fix the broken defense system for Maine’s poor

From the Portland Press Herald Editorial Board, 4/10/19: Low-income Mainers are not being treated equally before the law. The U.S. Constitution says every American has the right to legal counsel when the stakes are high. In practice, however, the 80 percent of defendants who cannot afford an attorney are often left to navigate an adversarial…Read More

11 April 2019, Posted in: Uncategorized

Maine Law symposium will look at Maine rural lawyer shortage

From March 25, 2019, Mainebiz: The shortage of lawyers in rural Maine will be tackled next month at a symposium hosted by the University of Maine Law School, part of the school’s ongoing effort to address the issue. The “Ensuring Equal Access to Justice in Maine’s Rural Communities Symposium” will include attorneys, judges, doctors and legal scholars.…Read More

25 March 2019, Posted in: Uncategorized

Hallowell lawyer recognized for volunteer legal aid hours

FROM THE KENNEBEC JOURNAL/MORNING SENTINEL BY BETTY ADAMS. View original story here. James A. McKenna III and four others were honored at a Katahdin Counsel award ceremony in Augusta. AUGUSTA — For the third year running, attorney James A. McKenna III received a special award for volunteering five mornings a week with Pine Tree Legal…Read More

7 May 2018, Posted in: Uncategorized