Access to Justice and the Business Community

March, 13, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine - Several prominent Maine business leaders have joined with Maine's legal services community to create a task force to build awareness of the need of the business community to become more actively involved in providing access to justice in Maine.

The Justice Action Group (JAG)'s Task Force on Outreach to Maine's Private Sector will examine how Maine's legal services programs and pro bono initiatives affect Maine's private sector and the Maine economy. It will then develop communication strategies and other steps needed to promote an effective relationship between the equal access to justice community and the private sector.

Supreme Court Justice Jon D. Levy, chair of JAG, described the initiative, "this is an effort to bring together a group of distinguished Maine citizens to fully examine and develop the connection between a vibrant civil justice system and the interests of Maine's private sector."

The Task Force will be co-chaired by the Hon. John H. Rich III, the U.S. Magistrate Judge in Portland, Maine and Kevin Gildart, former Vice- President of Human Resources for Bath Iron Works. They will be joined by: Miles F. Archer, UNUM Vice President & Chief Insurance Operations Counsel; Janet Vivar Britton, Esq, Legal Counsel at Hannaford Bros. Co.; Charles S. Colgan of the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine; Dana F. Connors, President of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce; Sara Gagne-Holmes, Executive Director of Maine Equal Justice Partners; Brenda Garrand, CEO Garrand; and Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.

About the Justice Action Group
The Justice Action Group is a coalition of Maine's state and federal judiciaries, the University of Maine School of Law, the Maine State Bar Association, the Maine Bar Foundation, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, and the boards of legal service providers.


Caroline Wilshusen, Esq.
Executive Coordinator Justice Action Group