Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA) (Maine)

Statewide, non-profit organization committed to providing high quality, free, civil legal assistance to low-income people in Maine.
Primary geographic focus: Maine
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: PTLA
Lists: LSC



When the right to a lawyer applies only if you have money

Heather Denkmire
Bangor Daily News
September 2, 2015
Homes, jobs, health and families are at risk for people in poverty who need help with civil legal issues. Fairness in the justice system should not depend on how much money someone has.

News Story

Nonprofit Maine Community Law Center offers lower-cost legal service

Edward D. Murphy
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
November 12, 2015
A new nonprofit hopes to fill gaps in the local legal system by providing lower-cost legal representation to clients and in-the-trenches training for new lawyers.

News Story

Demand for housing in Portland leads to mass eviction in Parkside

Randy Billings
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
February 23, 2016
A company that plans to renovate a Grant Street apartment complex is forcing out dozens 
of tenants, many low-income or mentally disabled, into a very high-priced market.


One reason so many veterans are homeless? They can’t afford lawyers.

Martha Bergmark, Ellen Lawton
Washington Post
July 8, 2016
New research shows that vets are losing their homes and missing out on crucial benefits because they lack legal aid. Medical-legal partnerships and other civil legal-aid interventions for veterans show the promise of a holistic approach to veterans care.

News Story

Program helps connect veterans with attorneys

Ben Goodridge
Times Record (Maine)
November 18, 2016
Wilson was the first attendee of Pine Tree Legal Assistance’s Military Mondays program, an open forum for veterans to seek legal advice from pro bono attorneys.


Trump plan to gut civil legal aid would have devastating impact on Mainers

William Robitzek
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
March 29, 2017
Low-income families, elders and veterans all benefit from the federal Legal Services Corp.

Letter to Editor

Trump budget would cut vital legal services

William Robitzek
May 6, 2017
Gutting civil legal aid would devastate low-income families and vulnerable people in Maine and throughout the U.S. Especially hard hit would be rural areas, where legal help is scarce.


Civil legal aid programs extend ‘justice for all’ to Maine’s most vulnerable

Kevin Hancock, Nan Heald
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
June 5, 2017
Pine Tree Legal Assistance is such a lifeline, but its federal funding source is imperiled by budget cuts.


When debtors’ prisons in Maine flouted justice, Pine Tree emerged as a legal ally

Colin Woodard
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
October 1, 2017
The group that for 50 years has helped low-income Mainers and ended archaic practices in the state now faces cuts to federal funds.

News Story

Program enables poor to more easily file for bankruptcy

Edward D. Murphy
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
January 17, 2018
Financial protection could reach more people with program that combines free online technology and training.

Blog Post

Funding civil legal aid: A bipartisan issue

Sharon Browne, Martha Minow
Hill, The
April 13, 2015
The funding crisis for civil legal aid puts America’s commitment to justice at stake. Funding for civil legal aid is a bipartisan issue.

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