Preti Flaherty Hosts 2012 Campaign for Justice Kick-Off Celebration

Preti Flaherty hosted the 2012 Campaign for Justice Kick-Off Celebration on March 26, 2012 in its Portland, Maine office. Attorney Charles F. Dingman, a Partner with Preti Flaherty, is serving as the 2012 chair of the Campaign for Justice. The Kick-Off event brought attorneys, campaign supporters and legal aid providers from around the state together to formally launch the 2012 fundraising effort.

The Campaign for Justice raises funds on behalf of six civil legal aid providers in Maine: Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine Equal Justice Partners, Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Pine Tree Legal Assistance. 

Maine continues to rank among the leaders in attorney participation rates nationally for gifts to support legal aid. Last year, over 1,500 members of the legal community gave more than $400,000 to the Campaign in support of the work of the six legal aid providers. These funds helped providers assist nearly 24,000 clients last year. This year, Dingman and the Campaign Committee hope to raise a minimum of $450,000. 

At the Kick-Off, Dingman announced that with the goals of six firms and other individual gifts and pledges to date, the Campaign already has commitments that collectively will raise at least $158,000. The six firms that have already set goals qualifying them as Campaign "Firms Leading for Justice" include Preti Flaherty as well as Berman & Simmons, Bernstein Shur, Drummond Woodsum, Pierce Atwood, and Verrill Dana.

The 2012 Campaign for Justice web site ( was also launched last week, with a focus on telling the stories of Maine families, individuals, attorneys and providers who are "The Faces of Legal Aid in Maine." Secure donations may also be made from the website.

Charles F. Dingman's practice focuses on addressing reimbursement, regulatory, and government contracting issues, with particular concentration on the health care sector and its regulatory challenges, as well as government procurement issues across a wide array of industries. Charlie currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Maine Equal Justice Partners. He is also a member of the board of the Justice Action Group. Charlie resides in Leeds, Maine.

For more information about the Campaign, please visit