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Portland Press Herald features Maine Law student, Danylle Carson

July 22, 2014

The Portland Press Herald recently published a story about Danylle Carson, a student at the University of Maine School of Law, and her work with Maine’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

Columnist Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press Herald wrote about the CASA program, which provides abused kids throughout Maine with a guardian ad litem that speaks exclusively for them as they travel through an often confusing legal system. Danylle Carson has served as a CASA volunteer for over a year. The article also discusses how Carson’s own experience with a guardian ad litem as a child inspired her to attend law school.

Here’s an excerpt, or you can read the full story.

She commutes daily 90 minutes each way from her home in Leeds to Portland, where this summer she’s working as a student attorney at the law school’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.

But the time Carson commits to Maine CASA – a minimum of one meeting per kid each month along with regular reports and recommendations to the presiding judge on what’s best for the child going forward – leaves her forever grateful that she once watched in awe as a woman did the same for her.

“CASA will be a part of my life for as long as I’m breathing,” she said. “Because this is how I give purpose to what happened to me in my childhood. I can take something that seemed negative at the time and turn it into something extraordinarily positive for other children in Maine.”

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