The Maine Justice Basis lately honored Barbara Cardone with the 2022 Howard H. Dana Award.
The muse presents the Howard H. Dana Jr. Award yearly to a Maine lawyer to acknowledge important contributions to reinforce entry to civil authorized help to economically susceptible Mainers and excellent service within the development of the inspiration’s mission. This yr, the board of administrators unanimously voted to award the 2022 Dana Award to Cardone, present director of Authorized Affairs and Public Relations on the Maine Judicial Department, recognizing her years of dedication to civil authorized help and entry to justice, in keeping with a information launch from Linsey MacDougall, improvement and packages supervisor of the inspiration.
Cardone has been a steadfast advocate for entry to justice all through her profession, starting along with her medical work in authorized companies whereas attending Boston Faculty Legislation college, her long-standing professional bono service with the Volunteer Attorneys Venture and being on the board of the Maine Justice Basis. She carried her dedication to authorized companies and entry to justice along with her throughout her service within the Maine Legislature.
Whereas within the Legislature, she sponsored LD 1326, An Act to Enhance Funding for Civil Authorized Companies and labored to make sure its passage. Her efforts, mixed with these of the authorized service suppliers, the Justice Motion Group and the Maine Justice Basis and lots of others had been profitable in 2022 securing a state finances allocation of $1.3 million for civil authorized companies. Passage of this invoice and acquiring a state finances appropriation for civil authorized companies was an enormous accomplishment and the product of many years of efforts by many, together with the late Decide Frank Coffin.
“Barbara Cardone’s efforts to garner an annual finances appropriation for civil authorized companies is a testomony to her career-long dedication to entry to justice. She was integral in securing passage of a long-sought funding by the state in guaranteeing entry to justice for therefore many Mainers. Her dedication to this effort makes her a really perfect recipient of the Howard H. Dana Jr. Award and the inspiration is proud to incorporate her amongst an esteemed group of Maine entry to justice leaders over time. We’re grateful for her dedication to our mission,” stated Michelle Draeger, govt director of the Maine Justice Basis.
On studying she was the 2022 recipient of the Howard H. Dana award, Cardone stated, “I used to be stunned and really a lot honored. I do know Justice Dana and a number of the previous recipients of this award and it’s fairly an elite membership through which to be included. I’m very happy that I might do one thing to assist with authorized companies and funding for authorized companies throughout the Legislature, and I hope I can proceed engaged on these points though I’m now working for the Judicial Department.”