Nonprofit Maine Community Law Center offers lower-cost legal service

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 (Maine)

Edward D. Murphy
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
November 12, 2015

Tags: Sliding Fee Scale

Organizations mentioned/involved: Maine Community Law Center, Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA) (Maine), Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic (ME)


The Maine Community Law Center opened this fall in Portland with two lawyers who bill on a sliding fee scale. The center is designed to help people who make too much money to qualify for free legal aid but not enough to hire a lawyer at standard fees.

It will also be an “incubator” for new lawyers, part of a growing national movement that seeks to give recent law school grads a chance to cut their teeth on actual cases and gain experience outside the normal route of working as an associate at a large firm.