Pro Bono Program

Verrill Dana has been a consistent leader in the provision of pro bono legal services. Each attorney is encouraged to support and participate directly in pro bono causes. For more information about the firm’s Pro Bono Program, please contact our one of our Pro Bono Coordinators:

Maine:
Nora Healy

Massachusetts: Keith Glidden

Connecticut: Douglas Steinmetz

 

Of particular note:

  • In 2016, 14 Verrill Dana attorneys were honored with the designation of “Katahdin Counsel” by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. This designation is reserved for attorneys who completed 50 or more hours of pro bono service in the previous year.
  • In 2016 alone, Verrill Dana volunteered nearly 3,500 hours to pro bono representation of individuals who could not otherwise afford legal representation.
  • Verrill Dana was honored with the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Award for donating the most hours on VLP cases of any law firm in Maine through 2015/2016.
  • In 2015, Verrill Dana donated the most Lawyer of the Day hours of any Maine law firm. The firm also completed more hours on Volunteer Lawyers Project cases in 2015 than any other Maine firm. Verrill Dana was honored for these achievements at the Maine State Bar Association's 2016 Annual Meeting.
  • Karen Frink Wolf was honored at the 2016 Maine State Bar Association with special recognition as the attorney with "Most Hours on a Completed VLP Case."
  • In 2015, seventeen Verrill Dana attorneys were honored with the designation of "Katahdin Counsel" by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. This designation is reserved for attorneys who complete 50 or more hours of pro bono work in Maine in the previous year.
  • In 2014, Verrill Dana donated the most Lawyer of the Day hours of any Maine law firm. The firm was honored for this achievement with the Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Publico Award at the Maine State Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting. 
  • In 2014, Verrill Dana continued to support the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project through pro bono service. The firm was recognized as the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s Pro Bono Firm of the Year at the Maine State Bar Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting.
  • In 2014, sixteen attorneys from Verrill Dana's Portland office were honored with the designation of "Katahdin Counsel" by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Verrill Dana was also proud that one of its summer associates was recognized as a "Katahdin Law Student" for the pro bono work she completed in her time with the firm.
  • In 2013, Verrill Dana was awarded the prestigious Adams Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding and exceptional commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. Attorneys Regina M. Hurley and Robin D. Murphy accepted the award on behalf of the firm. Verrill Dana received this award for its work in designing and implementing the “SERV Program” at Suffolk Probate and Family Court.
  • In 2013, the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project recognized Verrill Dana attorney Tara Shuman as its 2013 Pro Bono Asylum Attorney of the Year.
  • In 2013, ten attorneys from Verrill Dana’s Portland office were honored with the designation of “Katahdin Counsel” by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for their outstanding commitment to the provision of pro bono legal services.
  • In 2012, eight attorneys from Verrill Dana’s Portland office were honored with the designation of “Katahdin Counsel” by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court for their outstanding commitment to the provision of pro bono legal services.
  • In 2012 alone, Verrill Dana attorneys volunteered more than 3,400 hours to the pro bono representation of individuals who could not otherwise afford legal representation. 
  • In 2010-11, Verrill Dana attorneys volunteered more than 5,000 hours to the pro bono representation of individuals who could not otherwise afford legal representation.
  • In 2010 and 2011, the firm was honored by the Maine Bar Foundation and the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) with the Pro Bono Publico award for the most hours on completed VLP cases by a law firm. In 2010, the firm was also honored with a second award for the most VLP cases accepted by a law firm.
  • Maine's most prestigious pro bono award, the Howard H. Dana, Jr. Award presented annually by the Maine Bar Foundation, is named after former Verrill Dana partner and Maine Supreme Court Justice Howard Dana.
  • Maine's most ambitious funding program in support of pro bono services, the Frank M. Coffin Fellowship in Family Law, is named after another former Verrill Dana partner and judge (former Chief Judge) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Verrill Dana is a founding member and a continuing supporter of this Fellowship, which funds full-time attorneys dedicated to providing family law services for low income individuals.
  • Verrill Dana attorneys have served on the governing boards of the Maine Bar Foundation, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Legal Services for the Elderly, the Muskie Fund for Legal Services, the Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Coffin Fellows.
  • Verrill Dana partner, Bill Harwood, has been recognized as a leader in pro bono efforts and has received both the Dana Award from the Maine Bar Foundation and ABA's prestigious Pro Bono Publico award in 2002.