On January 25 & 26, 2012, the Justice Action Group, together with the University of Maine School of Law, the Maine State Bar Association and the Maine Bar Foundation, will host the 2012 Access to Justice Symposium, "Changing Maine: Serving the Legal Needs of Maine’s Growing Aging and Immigrant Populations” at the Portland Marriot at Sable Oaks in South Portland, Maine.
Maine is Changing. In fact, Maine’s population is undergoing significant transformation. Maine is now the oldest state in the nation, with a median age of 41.2 years and adults ages 65 and older already comprising approximately 15% of the state’s population. In addition, Maine presently has a baby boomer population representing a staggering 32% of the state’s total population. Maine’s immigrant population, estimated to be over 55,000 persons, is increasing and diversifying. Today's immigrants from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East follow in the footsteps of those from Africa, Canada, China and Europe who have come to our state for centuries.
It is critical that professionals serving these populations understand their needs and understand the impact that this changing population will have on Maine. How do these demographic changes affect the delivery of justice here in Maine? National experts on aging and immigration will join local experts to explore this topic. On the afternoon of January 25th, the Symposium will present an interdisciplinary panel to discuss the impact of the changing demographic on Maine and its legal system. Thursday, in conjunction with the 2012 Maine State Bar Association Winter Bar Meeting, the Symposium will offer practical workshops, providing practitioners with tools to navigate these changes. The day will begin with a keynote address by Judge Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts, Chair of the New York State Access to Justice Commission, and a recognized expert in the delivery of justice to a diverse population.
Please save the date and plan to join attorneys, policy makers and a broad spectrum of other professionals for a symposium that will explore ways to efficiently and effectively serve the new and changing face of Maine.