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

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

Legal Aid Providers Respond to COVID-19

The need for civil legal aid is increasing, and under difficult conditions Maine’s legal aid providers are responding to COVID-19. Evictions: Imagine, in the disruption and uncertainty of the last two weeks, being evicted and needing to find a new apartment in just a few days. Residents of an Augusta rental property say they were…Read More

8 April 2020, Posted in: Our Work

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

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