Justice Howard H. Dana, Jr. (Ret.)

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  • University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M., 1998)
  • Cornell Law School (LL.B., 1966)
  • Cornell University (M.P.A., 1966)
  • Bowdoin College (A.B., 1962)


Howard uses his experience as a litigator (25 years), corporate director and trustee (45 years) and judge (14 years) to resolve problems either as an arbitrator, mediator, or legal advisor. He joined Verrill Dana as an associate in 1967. He became a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, where he concentrated his practice in business litigation. In 1993, Howard was appointed to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court by Governor John R. McKernan, Jr. (also a former Partner in the firm), and was reappointed in 2000 by Governor Angus King, Jr. Justice Dana concluded his distinguished service with the Court in March of 2007.

In addition to his accomplished law practice and court service, Justice Dana has long been a leader in the cause of legal services for the poor at both the State and national levels. In 1981, he was appointed by President Reagan to serve as a Director of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), where he championed the cause of funding for legal services. In 1990, he was again appointed to the LSC Board by President George H.W. Bush, serving on the Board until his appointment to the Maine Supreme Court in 1993. In recognition of his commitment to equal access to justice for all citizens, the Maine Bar Foundation established the Howard H. Dana, Jr. Award in 1988, which is presented annually to honor an individual for his or her commitment to the goals of the Foundation.

Public Service

Associate Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court (1993-2007)
Director, Legal Services Corporation (1982), (1990), (1991), (1992-93)
Member, Cape Elizabeth School Committee (1976-82) Chair (1982)


American Law Institute 2005-present
American Bar Association 1967-present
ABA Task force on Access to Justice, Chair
ABA Board of Governors (representing District One: ME, NH, VT, RI)
ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service
ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (1994-1997)
ABA Commission on Interest on lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) (1988-1992)
Maine State Bar Association 1967-present
Cumberland Bar Association 1967-present
Fellow, Maine Bar Foundation


  • University of Virginia School of Law (LL.M., 1998)
  • Cornell Law School (LL.B., 1966)
  • Cornell University (M.P.A., 1966)
  • Bowdoin College (A.B., 1962)


  • U.S. District Judge Edward T. Gignoux

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1966

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1966
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988


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