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Portland area attorney honored for work in access to justice

Posted May 28, 2014, at 10:41 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine – Hundreds of leaders from Maine’s business, legal, and civic communities were expected to gather May 28 to recognize Harold Pachios, for his outstanding efforts to promote access to justice and to raise money for civil legal aid in Maine.

Harold Pachios, a founding partner of Preti Flaherty, has lead a distinguished career that has seen him serving as Associate White House Press Secretary under President Johnson, a key staffer in Senator  Muskie’s vice-presidential campaign, and a leader in Maine’s legal community for more than 30 years.

He is being honored for his tireless work to increase access to justice for all Mainers.  The award will be presented tonight at the Holiday Inn by the Bay at the Muskie Fund’s annual fundraising dinner. The award, established in Senator Edmund Muskie’s name in 1995, honors his lifelong commitment to justice for low-income and elderly Americans.

Harold’s own commitment to the public good presented itself early in his career when he served as Deputy Congressional Liaison for the Peace Corps, a post in which he advised members of Congress and assisted the program’s director, Sargent Shriver, on Congressional matters. He also assisted the task force that wrote the Federal legislation creating the Office of Equal Opportunity, helping to develop legislation to launch Head Start, VISTA, Job Corps, and civil legal aid to the poor, among other programs.

In 1969, after eight years in Washington during which he served as Associate White House Press Secretary under President Johnson, an attorney-advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and a key staffer in Senator Edmund S. Muskie’s vice-presidential campaign, he returned to his home state of Maine.

Harold is a founding Partner of Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios whose practice has focused on corporate, legislative, environmental, and international law. In 1998, his law firm helped establish the Frank M. Coffin Family Law Fellowship with the Maine Bar Foundation. Through the Coffin Fellowship, young lawyers provide legal representation to low-income parties in family law cases. Harold is a fellow of the Maine Bar Foundation and for 15 years he has served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine School of Law.

The recognition event is sponsored by Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, LLP, Waterfront Maine, the Maine Bar Foundation, Representative Chellie Pingree and Donald Sussman, and dozens of Maine businesses. More information about the event is online at www.muskiefund.org.

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