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Hallowell, ME – Juliet Holmes-Smith has been honored by the Campaign for Justice with the 5th annual Peter J. DeTroy III Award for her work to equalize access to justice in Maine. Prior to her untimely death in August 2020, Juliet Holmes-Smith served as Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

The Campaign for Justice, begun in 2004, raises over $600,000 each year to help Mainers who cannot afford a lawyer for civil legal needs such as eviction, family law, loss of benefits and immigration. The Campaign benefits six providers of civil legal aid:  Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine Equal Justice, Pine Tree Legal Assistance and Volunteer Lawyers Project.

Over ninety friends, family and former colleagues gathered virtually to honor Juliet. Justice Andrew M. Mead, who presented the award to Juliet’s husband, Campbell Badger, remarked on her unique set of attributes which made her a force to reckon with. Juliet was “very hard to say no to. A soft voice; a genteel manner; combined with a powerful will to get things done: a very effective combination,” he observed.

A short video dedicated to Juliet featured Kim Pittman of VLP’s board, who shared of Juliet, “Whatever was brought to her attention, she found a way to integrate it into VLP. Her dedication was 24/7 and she instilled this same dedication in her volunteers, many of us who do the pro bono work we do today because of her.”

Juliet’s passing has left a deep hole in the hearts of many, but her legacy has left a far-reaching and lasting effect on those who need it most here in Maine. The Campaign for Justice is honored to present her with this recognition of her many and varied contributions.

About the Peter J. DeTroy II Award:  The Campaign for Justice created this award in 2017 in honor of Peter J. DeTroy III, Esq., who had died suddenly the previous year. This award is given to an individual who has worked to remove barriers for people who are vulnerable, to advance justice in Maine, and to further the good of the community, especially an individual whose work has been unheralded. A practicing lawyer in Maine beginning in 1972 and a founding partner of the firm Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, Peter served on a number of committees devoted to ensuring that the practice of law was inclusive, without discrimination, and without unnecessary barriers to young lawyers eager to learn. The award is given as an honor to a deserving person whose work may otherwise go unheralded.

The 2020 Campaign for Justice Annual Report has now been released. Thanks to the generosity of Maine's legal community, together, we raised $626,000 to support legal aid in our state – the second-highest total since the Campaign’s inception in 2004. Read about it here

The Maine State Bar Association New Lawyers Section (NLS) is hosting the Relay for Justice, a Virtual 5K Race to benefit the Campaign for Justice. The race will take place June 25-27th and will be completely virtual so anyone can participate, from anywhere, and at any point during the weekend.

As a a virtual race, participants can choose their own time to race and can design their own route. The 5K is suitable for indoor or outdoor participation, so weather is not a factor. This fun and inclusive race is open to everyone of all ages and abilities; the website also offers an option to enter race time after completing it, if desired.

The registration fee is $20 + a processing charge. Participants can also make additional gifts to the Campaign for Justice at registration, if desired.

The Campaign is honored to be the recipient of the generosity of the MSBA’s New Lawyers Section, and also thanks their sponsors for their help in race promotion:  Brann & Isaacson, Eaton Peabody, Perkins Thompson and Verrill.

To register, please visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Augusta/RelayforJusticeVirtual5K

February 11, 2021

Hallowell, ME – 2020 put a spotlight on Maine’s legal community.

As record unemployment, business closures, and isolation hit economically vulnerable Mainers, their need for legal aid skyrocketed. Members of the Maine Bar responded.

The Campaign for Justice raised over $621,000 for needy Mainers last year, representing a five percent increase in revenue over 2019.  Over 1,550 members of the Maine Bar contributed – an amazing four percent increase from the previous year.

“Maine lawyers all know the difference legal representation can make in people’s lives and can take pride in their support for civil legal aid,” said Campaign Co-Chair, David Pierson. “Their overwhelming support makes the Campaign for Justice an example for others to follow.”

Since 2004, the Campaign for Justice has worked collaboratively with Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine Equal Justice, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, and Volunteer Lawyers Project to raise money from the Maine Bar in support of civil legal aid. The 2020 Campaign for Justice result is the second highest in its history.

These legal aid providers serve over 30,000 people every year—Mainers who need, but are not able afford, help for life-changing issues like protection from abuse and harassment, divorce, eviction, immigration, or loss of government benefits.  

Please join us this #GivingTuesday in support of Maine's legal aid providers. Click "Donate" above to make your gift today.

Through the generosity of Maine's legal community, the Campaign for Justice has raised over $485,000 in 2020! Thank you kindly to all our donors.

As a reminder, all gifts must be received by December 31st, 2020 to count for this year.

Hallowell, ME – Attorney Faye Luppi has been honored with the Peter J. DeTroy III Award by the Campaign for Justice for her work to reduce domestic violence. Attorney Luppi has led the Violence Intervention Partnership of Cumberland County Government for 20 years.

The Campaign for Justice, begun in 2004, raises over $600,000 each year to help Mainers who cannot afford a lawyer for civil legal needs such as eviction, family law, loss of benefits and immigration.  The Campaign benefits six providers of civil legal aid:  Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine Equal Justice, Pine Tree Legal Assistance and Volunteer Lawyers Project.

The Hon. Leigh I. Saufley, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law, presented the award to Attorney Luppi with these words, “Faye’s persistent, steadfast, and data-based approach to addressing intimate violence has been an incredible resource for Maine, both for the prosecutorial and defense bar, and for jurists and many others in the field.  Her creativity in finding ways for people to come together to solve problems, and her much admired skill in obtaining grants to fund desperately needed services, are legendary.” 

Saufley continued, “All of Faye’s work has led to greatly improved communication between and among those groups and agencies with responsibility for responding to domestic violence. Thanks to her work, victims of domestic violence in Maine can reach out to a system that will provide immediate help, transition resources, and very careful life-saving advice.”

“It is such an honor to receive this award created in memory of Peter DeTroy, a man of great and selfless spirit whose legacy lives on through this award and in his many contributions to justice in Maine,” Luppi said.  “I would like to thank the Campaign for Justice for recognizing the work that I do behind the scenes, and especially to thank the leadership at Cumberland County Government for supporting me and the Violence Intervention Partnership for the past twenty years.”

Luppi added, “The services provided by our legal aid agencies in Maine can significantly reduce the likelihood that an individual survivor of domestic violence will continue to be abused.  We should be expanding services to provide what clients need to become self-sufficient because ‘long-term, realistic alternatives to their relationships’ are more likely to lower the overall incidence of domestic violence, according to a 2017 economic study.   Self-sufficiency and alternatives are only possible with the kind of safety net and lifelines enabled by the services of Maine Equal Justice and all of the other agencies supported by the Campaign for Justice.”

The Campaign for Justice created the award in 2017 in honor of Peter J. DeTroy III, Esq., who had died suddenly the previous year. This award is given to an individual who has worked to remove barriers for people who are vulnerable, to advance justice in Maine, and to further the good of the community, especially an individual whose work has been unheralded. A practicing lawyer in Maine beginning in 1972 and a founding partner of the firm Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, Peter served on a number of committees devoted to ensuring that the practice of law was inclusive, without discrimination, and without unnecessary barriers to young lawyers eager to learn.

The Campaign for Justice pays tribute, in shock and sadness, to Juliet C. Holmes-Smith, Executive Director of Volunteer Lawyers Project, who passed away on August 14. Juliet worked for many years for VLP, one of the six legal aid providers supported by the Campaign, and was its founding Executive Director.

Juliet was a tireless supporter of civil legal aid and a champion for victims of domestic abuse. She began her work in this area as a lawyer at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, later helping VLP become the independent group it is today. Those who knew her personally and professionally will tell you that Juliet was a passionate fighter for the less fortunate, always advocating for those who were vulnerable. Her work brought her into contact daily with people in great suffering, yet she faced this work with grace and made it her life’s mission.

The Maine Bar will feel the loss of Juliet keenly, including her colleagues in the legal aid community and the many volunteer leaders here at the Campaign for Justice. The staff at the Campaign and the Maine Justice Foundation join them in mourning a valued and caring colleague. The best thing we can do to honor her memory is continue the work she cared so deeply about. Farewell, Juliet.

For more information on Juliet and the Volunteer Lawyers Project, please click here.

The 2019 Campaign for Justice Annual Report has now been released. Thanks to the generosity of Maine's legal community, together, we raised over $588,000 to support legal aid in our state. Read more here.

Helping the poor with housing, health care and other civil issues pays off for the community – so it should get more support.