Tina Schneider, supervisor of Maine Law’s Protection from Abuse Project, receives Thomas P. Downing Award

Dec. 10, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – Tina Schneider, an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at the University of Maine School of Law, was named the 2013 recipient of the Thomas P. Downing Award, which honors individuals in the legal aid field for their dedication to poor and vulnerable Maine residents.

Since 2006, Schneider has been the faculty supervisor of the Protection from Abuse Project in Lewiston District Court. The project is part of Maine Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, which provides free legal assistance to low-income Mainers.

The award was established by the family of Tom Downing, a staff attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance who died of brain cancer in 1985 at the age of 43. At a ceremony on Dec. 3, Schneider received the award from Diana Scully, Tom’s widow, who is the executive director of the Maine Bar Foundation.

“Tina provides not only outstanding supervision, mentoring, and instruction to our students while they help clients seek protection from abuse, but she does it with an enormous amount of encouragement and support,” said Deirdre Smith, director of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. “Tina is a most deserving recipient of this award, and we are so fortunate to have her on the Clinic faculty.”


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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