The Nan Heald Black Fly Fellowship

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The Nan Heald Black Fly Fellowship

Pine Tree Legal Assistance’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the creation of the Nan Heald Black Fly Fellowship, a new initiative to increase access to free civil legal aid in Western Maine. 

The Nan Heald Black Fly Fellowship will begin as paid fellowship for a summer law student to work at Pine Tree Legal Assistance serving Franklin County, where Nan was from. The project name is a nod to an editorial from the 1970s which described Pine Tree as a “defender of low income people which has burgeoned in Maine and become almost as omnipresent as black flies in June.” 

We expect the Fellowship to launch in 2023. The fellow will work on a combination of substantive legal work and community outreach, including building better relationships with community partners. The fellow’s legal work will focus on housing, public benefits, and family law and victims’ rights. The goal of the fellowship is to increase access to free civil legal aid in Western Maine.

Support the Nan Heald Black Fly Fellowship

As we raise more funds, we hope to expand this project and have a greater impact. Your donation will help grow the fund and help us expand our work in Western Maine.

Donations can be made online or by mail to:

Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Attn: Nan Heald Black Fly Fellowship
P.O. Box 547,
Portland, ME 04112

Please consider a gift to support the Nan Heald Black Fly Fellowship.