Applications Now Open for 2018 and 2019 Maine Civil Legal Services Fund

Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission:
Announcement of Applications for 2018 and 2019 and Notice of Public Meeting.

The Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission will make funding determinations for eligible civil legal service providers for 2018 and 2019 on the basis of written applications. The Application Packet is available on any of the following …

7 June 2017, Posted in: Our Work, Press Release

Bill Harwood Honored at Muskie Access to Justice Dinner

harwood-portraitLast Tuesday Maine’s champions for civil legal aid celebrated the contributions of Bill Harwood, the 2017 honoree at the annual Muskie Access to Justice Dinner. Bill has in the course of a 38-year legal practice represented hundreds of low-income Mainers pro bono, helped put in place key recommendations of Senator Muskie’s Commission on Legal Needs, …

5 June 2017, Posted in: Uncategorized

Bar Fellows Reception June 22, 2017

The Board of the Maine Justice Foundation invites all Bar Fellows to a special reception at the Summer Conference of the Maine State Bar Association.

Drinks and hors d’oeuvres 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Thursday, June 22, at Sugarloaf Mountain, Carrabassett Valley; Narrow Gauge room on the 2nd level of the main lodge.


robitzek-bw-200x300-1Welcoming remarks by …

1 June 2017, Posted in: Press Release

Coffin Family Law Fellowship Applications Are Open:

The Coffin Family Law Fellowship provides legal representation in family law matters to clients who have qualified for pro bono assistance through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Named after Frank M. Coffin, Senior Judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Project supports attorneys based in the Portland, Maine offices of Pine Tree Legal Assistance. …

22 April 2017, Posted in: Our Work

Civil Legal Aid in Danger

The Trump Administration proposed to eliminate the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and zero out federal funding for civil legal aid.

Click here to read an editorial that ran recently in the Portland Press Herald and Kennebec Journal, reiterating the huge economic impact of legal aid in Maine.

If this draconian cut is implemented, Pine Tree …

12 April 2017, Posted in: Our Work

Economic Impact of Civil Legal Aid Services in Maine

A new study shows services provided by six core legal aid providers to low-income individuals and households in Maine have a positive economic impact on the State.

The providers include the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Maine School of Law, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine Equal Justice …

27 February 2017, Posted in: Our Work

Legal Services Corporation Funding At Risk

The Maine Justice Foundation has learned from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the American Bar Association that there is a hit list of programs that President Trump might eliminate to trim domestic spending, including the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Maine’s recipient of LSC funds is Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

In 2016, 24% …

22 February 2017, Posted in: Our Work

Welcome to our new Development Director!

The Maine Justice Foundation is very pleased to announce that Mathew (Matt) Scease of Hallowell, Maine is our new Development Director.

A 1993 magna cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, Matt has more than 15 years of development experience. For the past 10 years, he served as Associate Director of Philanthropy (formerly Major Gifts Director)

16 February 2017, Posted in: Our Work