Money raised by the Muskie Fund for Legal Services supports six non-profit legal services providers which provide legal services to Maine's low-income and elderly residents.


The University of Maine School of Law provides clinical education and public service through the Cumberland Legal Clinic. The Clinic provides free representation to individuals facing significant barriers with legal cases in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Androscoggin counties, and to incarcerated individuals throughout Maine. Clients are represented by law students who are specially licensed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and U.S. District Court. The Clinic provides approximately half of each graduating class at the Law School with the opportunity to represent low income Mainers, benefiting hundreds of residents who would otherwise have been unable to obtain legal counsel.


ILAP is Maine's only nonprofit provider of immigration and related legal aid. ILAP's mission is to advocate for and to improve the status and well-being of Maine's low-income noncitizens and their families by providing affordable legal services, and by educating and working with service providers, policy makers, and the public concerning legal issues unique to noncitizens. Founded in 1993 as a purely pro bono project, since 2000 ILAP has been an independent, staffed legal aid agency serving Mainers statewide. Annually, more than 2,000 individuals, originating from over 100 countries, benefit from ILAP's free and low-fee immigration services. Among these are education and outreach, consultations and referrals, extended pro se assistance, full representation and systemic advocacy. ILAP specializes in asylum, protection of noncitizen survivors of domestic violence, family unification, permanent residency, citizenship, and removal defense.


Established in 1974, LSE's mission is to provide free, high quality legal services to older people when their basic human needs are at stake. Thousands of older Mainers rely on LSE for representation, assistance and information on a broad range of legal problems and questions, including elder abuse and financial exploitation, nursing home eligibility and other long term care issues, consumer debt, evictions, foreclosure, powers of attorney, public benefits programs, Medicare, MaineCare and other health coverage matters. LSE provides statewide services through its toll-free Helpline and Staff Attorneys located across the state.   LSE maintains extensive elder rights information on its website at


Maine Equal Justice' mission is to increase economic security, opportunity, and equity for Maine people. Toward this end, MEJ focuses its work on issues that affect people's daily lives - access to adequate health care, food assistance, income supports, housing issues, fair working conditions, and higher education and training opportunities. MEJ represents those in economic need through direct legal aid and impact litigation; in front of governmental agencies; and through advocacy at the administrative and legislative levels. MEJ's work is on behalf of and guided by people who are directly impacted by the policies MEJ works on, including members of the Equal Justice Partner Circle, a network of over 100 community leaders who are directly impacted by economic insecurity. 


Pine Tree Legal Assistance provides high quality legal assistance to low income people in Maine, ensuring that state and federal laws affecting poor people are enforced while also addressing the long-range barriers to justice affecting low income Mainers. Pine Tree prioritizes cases that help individuals and families meet their basic human needs, such as access to adequate shelter, food, income, education, and support programs. For every $1 Pine Tree spends, an average of $2.50 is returned to vulnerable Mainers in the form of income or savings.


The Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project has opened the doors of justice for low-income people through the collaborative efforts of community and attorney volunteers since 1983. Initially a joint project of the Maine Bar Foundation and Pine Tree Legal Assistance, VLP operates legal clinics and providing information and assistance to thousands of people with civil legal problems every year, focusing on the areas of family, employment, consumer law and income maintenance. Domestic violence survivors  get advice and coaching through family law cases from attorneys volunteering on VLP's Helpline. Hundreds of VLP clients are referred annually to private attorneys throughout the state for full pro bono representation and many more receive limited representation through the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Panel. Nationally recognized for its innovative use of volunteers from the broader community as well as the legal profession, VLP has provided free legal services worth well over $30 million to nearly 200,000 low-income Mainers over the past 30 years.

Muskie Fund for Legal Services | P.O. Box 547, Portland, Maine 04112 | (207) 400-3279