About the DeTroy Award
William C. Nugent, attorney and executive director of the Maine Assistance Program for Lawyers and Judges (MAP), received the inaugural Peter J. DeTroy III Award from the Campaign for Justice at a June 2017 reception hosted by Mary Roy, DeTroy’s wife and the co-chair of the 2017 Campaign for Justice.
The Campaign Steering Committee voted in 2016 to begin the award in DeTroy's name. DeTroy had been the Chair-Elect for the 2017 Campaign before his death in May 2016. The award honors an individual who has worked to remove barriers for people who are vulnerable or who has worked to advance justice in Maine. The recipient must exemplify the same selfless spirit as DeTroy, whose own contributions in these areas, both public and private, were made not for recognition, but to further someone's humanity or for the good of the community.
Nugent was nominated by two members of DeTroy’s firm, Norman, Hanson & DeTroy, because they knew that DeTroy, who had served as MAP board chair from 2011 until his death, highly regarded Nugent’s empathetic skills, nonjudgmental approach, and tireless commitment to helping others. Firm member Paul Driscoll, and also co-chair of the 2017 Campaign, said in his nomination, ““Due to Bill’s intervention for them, many of these lawyers were able to turn their lives around and continue to serve the profession. Like Peter, Bill did not judge them and saw their intrinsic worth and dignity at very vulnerable stages in their lives.”
Nugent has led MAP since 2009, although he had already been working as a volunteer. Established by the Maine Supreme Court in 2002, MAP is dedicated to confidentially helping members of Maine’s legal community with alcoholism, drug dependency, depression, and other mental illness and the problems that can arise in dealing with these. MAP has a statewide corps of dedicated and experienced volunteers who are trained to assist affected members of the legal community to begin and maintain the process of recovery and regain control of their personal and professional lives.
Current Chair Jane Moriarty says that Nugent’s selection for the DeTroy Award is very appropriate, as Peter was passionate about the Maine Assistance Program. “Bill is very humble; he is always praising the commissioners, but we are just stewards. He is the one in the trenches, 24-7. Bill is available to help an attorney, judge, or law student in crisis, whether it be in Fort Kent or Kittery. His passion for the job shows through his commitment to those in trouble. The legal community is fortunate to have Bill in their corner."