Sometimes our clients can articulate the importance of our work better than we can. That happened to our partners at Maine’s Pine Tree Legal Assistance this week. Heather Denkmire, an artist and writer who lives in Maine and has struggled with poverty, wrote a column in the Bangor Daily News that puts a face on the sorts of civil legal issues our clients face every day and illustrates why providing them with legal help is so important. She sums it up perfectly here:
The deck is stacked against people living in poverty as it is. The consequences when they dare to fight injustices are serious, not simply inconvenient. Homes, jobs, health and families are at risk for people in poverty who need help with civil legal issues. Fairness in the justice system should not depend on how much money someone has.