PORTLAND, Maine — Former U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby of Portland will head the 2011 Campaign for Justice.
The campaign brings together lawyers from around the state to raise funds on behalf of six civil legal aid providers in Maine: the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Maine School of Law, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine Equal Justice Partners, Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project and Pine Tree Legal Assistance.
“Funding sources for legal services have been decreasing at the same time more and more people are, for the first time, looking for help accessing housing, medical care, education, and protection from domestic abuse,” Silsby said Friday in a press release. “I’m confident the attorneys in Maine will step up to the challenge and help their neighbors in need through the Campaign for Justice.”
Maine continues to rank among the leaders in participation rates nationally, according the press release, issued by the Campaign for Justice.
Last year, 1,500 members of the legal community gave more than $355,000 to the campaign in support of the work of the six legal aid providers. These funds allowed providers to assist nearly 24,000 clients.
Silsby served as the U.S. attorney for the District of Maine from 2001 to 2010. She worked as an assistant federal prosecutor for two decades before that.
She has been active in many community organizations, including the University of Maine School of Law, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Portland, Maine Cancer Research and Education Foundation, and Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.