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 …

13 July 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 …

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

Maine Justice Foundation honors champions of justice with new designation: Honorary Director

The Maine Justice Foundation (MJF) has named its five founders as the organization’s first-ever Honorary Directors. According to MJF Foundation President William S. Harwood, “Our foundation was established under the name “Maine Bar Foundation” back in 1983, thanks to the vision and hard work of these esteemed advocates, and we are incredibly proud to have …

7 January 2020, Posted in: Our Work, 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 …

28 October 2019, Posted in: Press Release

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 …

11 April 2019, Posted in: Uncategorized

SIS invests in Maine Justice Foundation


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,” …

9 April 2019, Posted in: Press Release