BANGOR, Maine — Local lawyer Bruce Mallonee has agreed to serve as the 2009 chairman of the Campaign for Justice, the Maine Bar Foundation has announced.
The campaign he will head brings together well-known and respected lawyers from around the state to raise funds on behalf of six civil legal aid providers in Maine: Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine Equal Justice Partners, Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Pine Tree Legal Assistance.
“I look forward to chairing the campaign this year,” Mallonee, 53, and a partner at Rudman and Winchell, a Bangor law firm, said in a press release issued earlier this month.
“All of us, including lawyers, face financial challenges, but our neighbors’ needs are great. There are 20,000 people in Maine who need assistance in obtaining food, housing, medical care, education and protection from domestic violence. The bar has always stepped up to assist them and we will again.”
Last year, 1,600 members of the legal community gave more than $400,000 to the campaign in support of the work of the six legal aid providers, according to the press release. Maine continues to rank among the leaders in participation rates nationally.
Mallonee was recognized in 2007 by the Volunteer Lawyers Project with the Lew Vafiades Pro Bono Award. During his legal career, Mallonee donated more than 800 hours to impoverished clients, many of whom were victims of domestic violence.
Born and raised in Wichita, Kan., Mallonee earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. In 1980, he and his wife, LeeAnne Mallonee, a Kansas City native and artist, set off for Maine, where both had relatives but neither had a job.
He was hired in January 1981 at Rudman and Winchell, where he has spent his entire career.
“This is a generous, public-spirited and close bar,” Mallonee said in 2007 of his colleagues in northern Maine. “Rudman and Winchell has always been involved in supporting the community. They’ve made that a culture of the firm.”
Mallonee is an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bangor and has served on two search committees for new rectors. An accomplished singer, he’s a member of the Chamber Choir of St. John Catholic Church and has performed in community theater.