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

Updated: 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

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 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