Welcome to the Maine Justice Foundation

Formerly the Maine Bar Foundation

Maine Justice Foundation is very pleased to announce the establishment of our newest endowment fund:

The Michael J. Levey and Michael S. Brown Fund

Designated for the operational expenses of the Maine Justice Foundation

Many thanks to Mike and his wife for their generous spirit and strong commitment to justice.

Special opportunity for giving!

Good News! On December 18, 2015, Congress passed a tax bill that made the IRA Charitable Rollover permanent. This allows people aged 70-1/2 or older to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to a charity, like the Maine Justice Foundation.

The distribution counts as their required minimum distribution without increasing their adjusted gross income and counts as a tax-free transfer. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to support charity while realizing these benefits.

For more information, contact our Director of Development at 207 622-3477.

Join our team!


The Maine Justice Foundation seeks a full-time Associate Director of Development to work closely with the Foundation’s Executive Director and Board of Directors to design and implement multi-faceted development strategies to help shrink the chasm between the need for civil legal aid for poor and vulnerable Mainers and the insufficient resources available to address this urgent need. The deadline for applications is Thursday, September 15, 2016. For application instructions and position description, see the documents below.

MJF: How to Apply
MJF: Associate Director of Development Job Description

Our new website is coming soon!

The Maine Justice Foundation is dedicated to ensuring access to civil justice for low-income and vulnerable Mainers by providing charitable investment opportunities to individuals, families and organizations as well as grants to support civil legal aid and other related initiatives, education and services.

We support Maine's civil legal aid providers and pro bono initiatives throughout the state. In turn, the programs we fund help:
  • Families affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • Seniors, veterans, single parents, new Mainers and others whose safety, security, and access to benefits are threatened
  • Tenants and home owners facing eviction and foreclosure
  • Thousands of other Mainers with low incomes who have unmet legal needs
Our belief that "Fairness Matters" drives our mission of supporting the legal advocates who are working on the front lines every day.

To contact us, please call 207 622-3477, or email our Executive Director Diana Scully at: dscully@justicemaine.org.

Questions about the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program should be directed to Joan Gilbert at 207 622-3477 or jgilbert@justicemaine.org.

Instructions for Lawyers Opening New IOLTA Accounts:
Please use new MJF Form #2 (dated December 2015), which replaces existing form "Notice to Financial Institution to Establish an IOLTA Account." This new form includes your authorization for the financial institution to notify the Board of Overseers of the Bar of overdrafts. Please sign and provide the original form to the financial institution and a copy to the Maine Justice Foundation. Thank you!

Click here to download the new MJF Form #2.

Frank M. Coffin Family Law Fellowship:
Applications for the Coffin Family Law Fellowship are due on October 14, 2016. Please click here for details.

To support our statewide fundraising program, The Campaign for Justice, that helps to increase access to justice for low-income Mainers, go to: campaignforjustice.org.