The Maine Justice Basis just lately honored Barbara Cardone with the 2022 Howard H. Dana Award.
The basis offers the Howard H. Dana Jr. Award on a yearly basis to a Maine lawyer to acknowledge significant contributions to improve accessibility to civil authorized aid to economically vulnerable Mainers and exceptional support in the development of the foundation’s mission. This year, the board of administrators unanimously voted to award the 2022 Dana Award to Cardone, existing director of Lawful Affairs and Community Relations at the Maine Judicial Branch, recognizing her many years of determination to civil lawful help and obtain to justice, in accordance to a news launch from Linsey MacDougall, growth and courses manager of the foundation.
Cardone has been a steadfast advocate for access to justice through her occupation, starting with her medical operate in lawful solutions even though attending Boston School Regulation school, her extensive-standing professional bono services with the Volunteer Legal professionals Task and staying on the board of the Maine Justice Basis. She carried her commitment to lawful expert services and accessibility to justice with her throughout her provider in the Maine Legislature.
Even though in the Legislature, she sponsored LD 1326, An Act to Increase Funding for Civil Authorized Products and services and labored to ensure its passage. Her initiatives, put together with those of the authorized support suppliers, the Justice Action Team and the Maine Justice Foundation and numerous some others had been effective in 2022 securing a condition funds allocation of $1.3 million for civil authorized companies. Passage of this bill and obtaining a state spending plan appropriation for civil legal companies was a enormous accomplishment and the item of a long time of efforts by a lot of, which include the late Choose Frank Coffin.
“Barbara Cardone’s initiatives to garner an once-a-year spending budget appropriation for civil legal expert services is a testament to her career-very long dedication to accessibility to justice. She was integral in securing passage of a extensive-sought investment decision by the condition in making sure entry to justice for so lots of Mainers. Her perseverance to this exertion will make her an excellent recipient of the Howard H. Dana Jr. Award and the foundation is very pleased to include her amid an esteemed team of Maine entry to justice leaders more than the decades. We are grateful for her dedication to our mission,” stated Michelle Draeger, government director of the Maine Justice Basis.
On mastering she was the 2022 recipient of the Howard H. Dana award, Cardone mentioned, “I was surprised and very considerably honored. I know Justice Dana and some of the previous recipients of this award and it is quite an elite club in which to be included. I am pretty happy that I could do a little something to aid with lawful providers and funding for authorized expert services within just the Legislature, and I hope I can continue on performing on these issues even although I am now doing work for the Judicial Branch.”