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5K fundraiser to help Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic

April 16, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – The sneakers will hit the pavement for a good cause on Saturday, April 21, as the Maine Law Student Bar Association hosts the annual Race Judicata, a 5K race/walk along Portland’s scenic Back Cove Trail.

Race Judicata is a fundraiser for Maine Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. At the Clinic, third-year law students provide legal services to low-income client. The “student attorneys” are specially licensed by the state and federal courts, and they work under the close supervision of Maine Law professors.

The race starts at 1:30 p.m. and will be managed by 3C Race Productions. Awards will be given to the top three males and females overall, and top two in the following age groups: 14 and under; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; 80 and over.

Registration is $15, visit www.active.com/running/portland-me/race-judicata-5k-race-and-walk-2012, or $20 on the day of the race. For more information, contact Maine Law student and race organizer Chris Harmon at charmon126@gmail.com.

"My main goal is to get the word out about the race and the cause so it can grow for next year," said Harmon, a first year student. "I will be happy if everyone has a great time and we raise some money to support the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic."

Maine Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic is one of six nonprofit legal aid providers in Maine that have struggled in recent years to meet the needs of the state’s poor and elderly residents. Those needs range from assistance in foreclosure actions to child custody cases. A 2009 study showed that the legal services providers were only able to meet the needs of roughly one in four people who asked for assistance, due to limited staff and financial resources.

Prof. Deirdre Smith, director of the Clinic, said the operation depends on funding from numerous sources, and provides legal help to more than 650 Mainers each year.

“This event is a great way for the Maine Law community to show their support for the Clinic while enjoying a scenic run or walk around the Back Cove. We’re very appreciative of Chris Harmon, the Student Bar Association, and the other race organizers for choosing the Clinic as the beneficiary of the event,” Smith said.

For additional information on the Clinic, please visit www.mainelaw.maine.edu/programs-centers/clac.html.

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Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email: tmaxwell@usm.maine.edu