The Foundation has presented this award annually since 1984 to a Maine lawyer to recognize contributions that enhance access to civil legal assistance for poor and vulnerable Mainers. The award honors Justice Howard H. Dana, Jr., a Foundation leader and dedicated advocate for equal justice.
Charles F. Dingman’s tireless pursuit of increased funding for legal aid has resulted in countless Maine people receiving access to legal representation when they otherwise would not have received it. He is a champion for the critical role of systemic advocacy in increasing access to justice. He has served on the board of Maine Equal Justice for 17 years, as a leader in the Justice Action Group for 11 years, and as a volunteer for the Campaign for Justice since 2007, including as the 2012 Campaign Chair. Mr. Dingman’s steadfast pursuit of access to justice for all spans two decades and reflects many hundreds of hours devoted to this cause. Mr. Dingman embodies the spirit and essence of the Dana Award.