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In 1996, Congress passed legislation that prohibited Legal Services Corporation grantees, such as Pine Tree Legal Assistance, from representing low-income people in the Legislature, before administrative agencies, and in significant class action litigation. Thanks to the vision and support of Maine’s legal community, including the Judiciary, the Bar, and legal service providers, Maine Equal Justice was formed to continue these vital advocacy and litigation services.

Since its inception Maine Equal Justice has developed expertise and experience in representing the interests of people with low income in Maine. Our highly qualified staff has extensive knowledge of federal and state law and policy, and the issues facing individuals and families who are struggling to move out of poverty. MEJP takes pride in its leadership role and commitment to improving the lives of Maine people with low income.

Maine Equal Justice: The First 20 Years

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