December 20, 2023

Preti Flaherty Attorney Scott DeLong Selected for the Justice Andrew M. Mead Fellowship for Pro Bono Service

Preti Flaherty attorney Scott DeLong has been selected for the Justice Andrew M. Mead Fellowship for Pro Bono Service by the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project. DeLong is one of 15 Maine attorneys participating in this unique fellowship program.

DeLong and the other Fellows will participate in workshops with members of Maine’s judiciary and other experienced practitioners. Program topics will include a variety of civil legal issues, practicing in Maine’s courts, ethical and practical considerations when providing pro bono services, and more. Fellows will also be paired with experienced mentors at several Maine-based civil legal service programs to promote equal access to justice in Maine.

Throughout his career, Justice Andrew Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has been a dedicated and tireless advocate for equal access to justice through pro bono service. The Mead Fellowship offers Maine attorneys who are new to the bar the opportunity to help address the justice gap while developing their professional skills and gaining exposure in the legal community.

According to the National Center for State Courts, in almost 75% of civil cases, one or both parties are unrepresented. In Maine, this situation is exacerbated by several factors including geography, high levels of poverty, and a lower number of attorneys.

Learn more about the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project here.

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Press Coverage

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