Maine Equal Justice Partners celebrated its 20th AnniversaryIn 1996, after congress declared federally funded legal services organizations could no longer engage in lobbying, legislative activity, administrative rulemaking, welfare rights activity, class actions, or the representation of immigrants, Mary Henderson and Chris Hastedt left their jobs at Pine Tree Legal to create a new enterprise capable of providing these essential services.
The mission of Maine Equal Justice Partners is to improve the living conditions of the underprivileged in Maine and to give them a voice through public policy advocacy, legal representation, as well as statewide outreach and training on the issues faced by low-income people.
Gerald Petruccelli helped Mary and Chris to start Maine Equal Justice Partners and served as the first board president. Maine Equal Justice Partners has had great success in Maine – helping to provide access to health care, food and income security, as well as higher education and training. At the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Maine Equal Justice Partners, the organization debuted a short film, Maine Equal Justice Partners: The First 20 Years”