FC: MBF Memories
1: To Calien, In grateful appreciation for sixteen years of devoted and ardent service to the Maine Bar Foundation and Maine's legal aid community
2: ...to facilitate the due administration of justice by all necessary and proper means, including, without limitation, promoting the provision of legal services to the poor, supporting legal and law-related education and engaging in activities intended to enhance the legal profession's ability to serve the public throughout the State of Maine.
3: When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand data. But if you meet the people who are working to restore this earth and the lives of the poor, and you aren’t optimistic, you haven’t got a pulse. ~ Paul Hawken
4: T | Over the past nine and twelve years respectively, you have been much more than just a boss to us, you have been a friend! One who has made us laugh and laughed with us, taught us about birds, world history, art and travelling tips. You’ve enlightened us with so many amazing tidbits, not to mention your valuable advice and genuine concern for us. We will miss your holiday flair, your socks, jewelry and the cookies too. We have greatly appreciated your confidence in us to get the job done. We will miss your outbursts of funny words such as “blast it,” “fudge royal” and “rats on roller-skates,” but most importantly, we will miss you! Thank you for being a great boss, co-worker and friend. Wishing you a happy and healthy retirement ~ Joan and Sherri
5: Calien – you were always an incredibly supportive boss who I truly appreciated and admired. I learned a great deal from you during my five years at the MBF and enjoyed working with you very much. You know I only left because of the amazing opportunity that came up for my boys. If it weren't for that, I would have loved to have stayed. I hope you enjoy retirement to the fullest, travel all over the world with Martha, spend lots and lots of time with your fabulous grandchildren and have much love surrounding you to make your life complete. Jen Fortin
6: At the risk of appearing immodest, I take partial credit for the Foundation’s good fortune in having Calien as its leader. We first met in Ralph Austin’s office when several of us interviewed Calien for the job. The first order of business was to make sure we knew how to pronounce Calien’s given name (Sigourney Weaver was the mnemonic). In retrospect, my greatest contribution to the Foundation was the decision we made that day to offer Calien the position. Simply look how much the Foundation has accomplished during her tenure (and how many Board Chairs she has effectively managed). With many thanks for so much so well done, and with best wishes for a rewarding retirement, Bill Kayatta | Over the years a lot of people, including me, have received recognition for their work on behalf of the legal services providers in Maine. But I can think of no one more deserving of recognition than you. For a sustained effort supporting the work of Maine's legal services providers, your contribution has been unmatched. You were an indispensable source of knowledge, wisdom and judgment. It was a privilege to work with you. Congratulations on an important job well done. Good luck with all of your future endeavors. Kermit Lipez
7: Oh, my, the Maine Bar Foundation without Calien Lewis? It’s hard to imagine. Yet, I know that all of your hard work over the years has helped to shape an organization that will continue to thrive. I wish you as much happiness in your well-deserved retirement as I have had in mine. I know that you will remain a committed member of the legal aid community and will now have an opportunity to cultivate new interests and involvements. With all best wishes for years of fun and new adventures. Colleen Khoury
8: For over sixteen years Calien has been the face of the Maine Bar Foundation. One cannot think of one without thinking of the other. Yet Calien exemplifies the Taoist maxim that “A leader is best when people barely know he exists.” With quiet, barely noticeable persistence Calien has accomplished a great deal. She battled banks for higher interest | rates, enabled MBF Presidents to shine, cajoled six concerned and very worried providers to run the risk of a joint Campaign for Justice, maintained personal con-nections nationally and in Maine and instilled in us an abiding passion for legal services. Claude Debussy once said, “The problem with opera is that there is too much singing.” Calien, as a lover of opera, would surely challenge this. And, as her friend and colleague, I would offer the observation that there has been far too little singing of Calien’s praises. Today is an overdue opportunity for us to remedy that oversight and sing her praises. Calien, thank you for being the kind and gentle soul you are and for being our moral compass in pursuit of justice for all. Alleluia. A.lleluia. Amen. Mary Schendel
9: OH, the places we’ve been ... comparability, Los Angeles, $155,000/month, Chicago, $70,000/month, reserve dipping and retrospective funding altering, New York, safe harbor rates, Boston, unclaimed property, private fundraising, New Orleans, title companies who don’t “practice law,” planned giving, Dallas .... Throughout it all you have been a passionate advocate, a practical and insightful strategist, an engaging companion, and above all a true friend. Arnie Macdonald | NAIP | Coffin Fellows | Hall of Flags
10: Calien, among your many contributions to the Maine Bar Foundation over the years, two stand out in my mind as vital to the Foundation’s support for access to justice programs in Maine as they weathered funding cutbacks with ingenuity and fortitude. First, your energetic work to promote cohesiveness among the Maine providers, in ways big and small, helped to maintain their unique relationship and the credibility and strength of their | common voice. The value of this is easy to overlook, but I came to appreciate it more and more as my service on the Bar Foundation board progressed. Second, your hard work and prominence in national access to justice organizations not just brought us the high esteem of your peers, but, more importantly, exposed Bar Foundation leaders to the cutting edge of developments around the country. Time and again, successes of the Bar Foundation during your tenure can be traced back to your efforts at the national level and your diligence in bringing the rest of us along as you did so. Rick Stauffer
11: Calien, We feel lucky to have been able to serve with you during your last years as the Foundation's fearless leader. The memories are many ~ committee lunch on Little Diamond, waay-too-early Fellows breakfasts, exotic (?) NAIP dinners, and coffee shops galore ~ but what we will always prize the most is the force of your passion for the access-to-justice work. "Coasting" is simply not in your vocabulary. Enjoy a wonderfully carefree retirement ~ you've earned it! Deb Shaw, Barbara Raimondi, Ginger Davis | There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
12: I first met Calien when I joined the MBF Board almost 10 years ago. As she had been for so many before me, she instantly became a mentor. Over a cup of coffee at Arabica, she explained the mission and what was expected, but, most importantly, she became right away a source of deep institutional knowledge and exceptional intellect. No one has been more dedicated to the goal of access to justice for all, and Maine owes an enormous debt for Calien’s many years of keen advocacy, hard work, and thoughtful guidance. John Rich | I have been fortunate to work closely with Calien over the past six years in my capacity as the Chair of the Justice Action Group. Calien’s voice has been pivotal in assuring that JAG’s agenda is measured, effective, and complementary to the work of Maine’s legal aid providers and the private bar. She is one of those rare people who can simultaneously function as an experienced and effective leader, tireless worker, and sage adviser. I am truly grateful for all that she has done to support JAG and to advance access to justice for Maine’s people. Jon D. Levy
13: When I first sat down with Calien, to be oriented to my position as the executive coordinator of JAG, she began with something like: “to understand this job you have to understand the history where these folks come from.” She then proceeded to take me back to the Johnson administration filled with all the turns and turmoil of legal aid in the USA, through the Reagan administration to the inspiration of Judge Coffin. She was right, of course, about the importance of remembering history. But what I came to appreciate the most through her curmudgeonly “Eeyoreisms” was her staunch and untiring support and championing of the work of the legal aid providers in Maine. Thank you, Calien, for your inspiration. Carrie Wilshusen | Calien, I so appreciated meeting and working with an equally strong woman not afraid of leading, of a certain age (ours), who knows what a landscape we leave behind us, smoothed over by working hard both by necessity and internal drive, so that younger women now start in a different place and in a different paradigm then we did at 20-something. With new people all the time coming into any profession or institution, they do not remember when something was nothing. They take for granted that there was always something. And history moves on. New people take over our old roles, and they try new things, re-try things we tried | and sometimes make them work when we couldn’t, and sometimes learn what we could have told them, and always bring a new generation of thinking. It can be exciting, frustrating, puzzling and dazzling all at once to watch. But as all the comments in this book show, everything does comes from something— innovation today comes from innovation yesterday, and that things done specifically by you, unknown as they may be by those coming ahead, have led to the very place where they feel they can do everything. Feel good, feel very, very good. Cathy Coffman
14: During my tenure as Chief Justice, I had the privilege of working with a number of people who were committed to insuring that the most vulnerable among us were provided with access to justice and given a voice in our legal system. Judge Frank Coffin and I formed a partnership to improve indigent legal services and we were joined by members of the public, bar, judiciary and civil legal services providers. In fact it was people like Calien and Nan Heald and others from the provider community who staffed and encouraged our efforts. It was a dark time in the early 90's, state | revenues were at an all time low and federal support for civil legal services had been substantially reduced. Despite the financial doom and gloom, this period led to great involvement and creativity on the part of many and eventually produced a rebirth of indigent civil legal services in Maine. Calien was there every step of the way. She once suggested a theme that I used for a State of the Judiciary address—Justice is an active virtue, you have to do something about Justice. Calien is a wonderful example of the people in Maine who have “done something about Justice.” Judge Coffin referred to the civil legal service providers as the safety net for those who had fallen through every other safety net. Calien worked hard to preserve that net and to strengthen it. Dan Wathen
15: As we have advocated on behalf of low-income Mainers, you have advocated for us. Your commitment and dedication to equal justice is an inspiration. For all of this and more, we say ‘Bravo’! Now, it’s your turn to take a bow. You will be missed but your passion and work will live on. Sara Gagne-Holmes | Calien - Patsy Mink, former Congresswoman from Hawaii, once said that “America is about having the greatness to offer help where needed.” For as long as I have known you, and I suspect for much, much longer, you have embodied what is great about America by tirelessly providing help where it is most needed. We know you best as a champion of justice and a champion of Maine’s legal aid providers – and for that, we thank you. Your hard work, tenacity and indomitable spirit have served us well. | Calien, Let’s be honest here. While you always performed with diplomacy, agility and grace, you did have The Dream Job: Guiding a vital non-profit foundation over murky and rapidly falling financial waters these past several years, as the world economy swooned; striving to support other important Maine legal services organizations whose needs could never be fully met; recruiting, orienting and nurturing many dozens of rotating Foundation Board members; and establishing a complementary national reputation in your own right in your abundant free time – oh yes, all while navigating a professional landscape populated by lawyers and bankers! Sincere congratulations on your survival retirement. I value everything I’ve learned from you, and enjoyed every minute shared with you as I had the privilege of serving on the Board. Ric McKittrick | -----------
16: One of the best parts of being an MBF officer was representing the foundation at conferences of the National Association of IOLTA Programs. We learned that Maine was ahead of the curve on many issues, starting with collaboration among the legal providers here. In my opinion, Calien’s emphasis on working together, and making the most of our limited resources by working jointly, had a lot to do with that. Calien was a reliable guide at NAIP meetings. She knew so many of the other NAIP members, as well as the secrets of the International Tasting Society (a Canadian in-joke.) She taught me an important conference skill: how to make iced tea with the materials at hand. If there is tea and ice, there can be iced tea! Carol Warren | Calien, I have enjoyed tremendously helping you fight the good fight, and in seeking to maximize funding for the IOLTA program. Mark and I will miss our annual pilgrimages up 95 to check in and find a lobster for lunch. I hope you have time for many more of those now and we both wish you the best of luck in whatever new adventures come your way. It’s been a great privilege working with the Maine Bar Foundation and I know they are significantly better off for having had you at the helm. Steve Casey, Delta Consulting
17: Calien: You were an important part of my life for a number of years as I matured through the operations of the Maine Bar Foundation and more importantly as I began to understand and work with - or around - the many personalities I came in contact with as I matured - in so many ways! I recall your guiding me in the interaction with the acting head of JAG to make sure we were an active and prominent player as JAG transitioned from Judge Coffin to new leadership who made your life, and therefore mine, more difficult because somehow MBF had lost his trust. It became a perpetual political battle not to offend but to press the importance of the MBF and its managerial function in gathering funds for the beneficiary agencies in an environment where you and MBF were repeatedly marginalized and dismissed. You persevered and we (MBF) followed your lead and when the dust settled you remained and he did not! It also included your sensitizing me to the positives and negatives of the various agencies, their boards, and their executive directors to allow me to harmonize their interests and move in the direction of establishing the Campaign for Justice. The combination of your social skills and political sensitivity made it possible to develop the program through encouragement of the providers and even bar leadership that this concept could work and would work. To the extent that Bill Kayatta and I were point people for MBF, you were the grease and where necessary the sledge hammer that made it happen. | Finally, I recall fondly being at national IOLTA meetings, with you and Martha, and how the leaders from other states uniformly demonstrated their appreciation of and respect for you and your multiple talents and knowledge in the ever-changing field of funding of legal services entities. You were recognized as a thoughtful and valued contributor on the national level and I was proud that you were with us and just as importantly we were with you! You have made a difference in the State of Maine in the funding of and the providing of legal services to those who could not afford them and in supporting the efforts of the Maine Bar to make that happen. It has been my privilege to have known you and worked with you. Kevin Cuddy
18: Calien, I find it hard to imagine the MBF without you at the helm. Even harder to envision ILAP’s path from a fledgling pro bono project to the current free-standing agency serving thousands each year without you. Your passion for justice, with that fervor extending to the most disadvantaged (viewed even as unpalatable by some), made you an unparalleled ILAP ally. You saw the increasing demand for immigration legal aid in Maine, perceived that the problem would only grow, and stepped up to help fill the void. In short, your commitment to transforming ILAP into a real legal resource for low-income Mainers was every bit as strong as mine. For me, as I tried to build ILAP, you were an unerring source of insight and advice, vision and strategy. You are incapable of sugarcoating. You call obstacles as you see them, but then dig right in to help figure out how to overcome them. You mix pragmatism with inspiration. You go to the mat and work tirelessly for the resources to expand access to justice for the low-income. You put your intellect and effort (and while at MBF, its resources), where your heart is. How many people in Maine have received legal information, representation and systemic advocacy that literally changed the trajectories of their lives because you were there fighting to make sure that PTLA, MEJP, LSE, CLAC, VLP and ILAP, and other discretionary MBF grantees, would be there to help them? My gosh, Calien – what a legacy! As you move beyond MBF, I know you’ll continue to be active and involved in the causes about which you care so much. My wish for you is to have the things in life that bring you stress-free pleasure – Martha, your family, opera, the ocean and retreating to the island in the summer - finally outweigh the many frustrations that fighting the often Sisyphean battles that your legal and MBF career have inevitably entailed.
19: Thank you for all the help and advice you gave me personally, for all the support you lent to ILAP, and for the immeasurable impact you have had on the innumerable legal aid clients you have never met. Though I doubt you’ll truly “retire,” enjoy your retirement from MBF. You deserve it – a trip to La Scala no doubt awaits! Beth Stickney | ILAP is indebted to you, Calien. You understood the need and guided MBF to fund immigration legal aid through discretionary and then annual grants. The MBF’s investment lent ILAP credibility, enabling us to raise the additional funds required to transform from a committed, but inadequate, pro bono initiative into a staffed agency with vastly expanded capacity. You also were a trusted sounding board and partner in ILAP’s efforts to become a more visible voice for the clients we serve in the broader Maine access to justice landscape. While our client base has been at times politically unpopular, you have never shied away from them, or from ILAP. Calien, on behalf of the tens of thousands of clients that ILAP has served during your years at MBF, thank you for your leadership, energy, and passion that have helped make ILAP’s work possible. From ILAP's Board, staff, pro bono attorneys, and non-attorney volunteers
20: It is hard to say goodbye to someone who has brought so much to our community for so many years. Through your integrity, dedication, passionate caring, and strong intellect, you have helped the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Mainers receive Access to Justice for almost two decades. You have also helped lead the Bar Foundation through complicated waters. I do not think there are many people who can hang up their coat at the end of a long career with the satisfaction of knowing they left not just their organization in a better place, but also improved the lives of countless thousands of Mainers. You certainly can do that and then some. Calien, thank you for who you are and what you have given to our community. Carter Friend | Calien Lewis: Lover of opera, of Wagner, of theater, of stage, of travel, of birds and of tea Possessor of Louisville Cardinal Point Guard skills Purveyor of Spam, Hawaiian not electronic Fighter for and Champion of Access to Justice, and, Above all, Friend. Thanks for all that you have done and enjoy the upcoming chapters of your life adventure. Thom Harnett
21: Dear Calien, As our 15-year MSBA/MBF partnership comes to a close, I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations on your retirement and my deep appreciation for your collegiality and friendship through the years. It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to work with you. I wish you and Martha health and happiness as you embark upon this new life adventure. Fondly, Julie Deacon
22: It is difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the important, positive impact that Calien’s work has had on the lives of Maine’s legal aid clients. And I’m sure that others here have done an excellent job describing her contributions to protecting and enhancing legal aid in Maine. However, I want to be sure that people also understand the impact she has had on those of us working in that field. Although she and I might not have realized at the time, when Calien recruited me for the Board of the Maine Bar Foundation, she changed my life. At the time I joined the MBF board, I was an attorney in private practice, but a legal aid lawyer at heart, having done some work in that field before law school. My work with Calien reignited my passion for working with low-income clients, and it inspired me to apply for my current position at the Law School, enabling me to devote myself professionally to legal aid work once again. And since that time, Calien has been for me, as she has for so many others, an invaluable mentor, advisor, and cheerleader. | Legal aid work is often challenging and there are countless barriers and problems to confront, but her conviction that we are on the right path is unfailing, and her dedication is infectious and inspiring to us all. Thank you, Calien. Deirdre Smith
23: Thank you, Calien, for being a tireless advocate for access to justice and for juggling all of the different priorities given to you by all of the various MBF leaders with grace and good humor. I treasure our relationship and will always hold you close to my heart. xoxo Victoria Powers | Thank you for all you have done for the Foundation and the people of Maine and for me, personally. Thank you also for grapes, pretzels, recommended authors, an amazing sense of humor, institutional memory, loan forgiveness, and some amazing travels. Mary Toole
24: A lame limerick is an inadequate way to honor Calien, though it is a taste of what we will be left with when clever Calien has exited the IOLTA stage to enjoy her well-deserved Intermission. The very fact that we could not find something to rhyme with “dramaturge” shows how much we will miss Calien’s wit and intelligence. Fortunately, we can steal from other minor poets for this occasion. Shakespeare’s The Tempest comes to mind – no, not the part about “our revels now are ended,” as we hope Calien’s revels are just beginning. More apt is Prospero’s comment: “She will outstrip all praise.” Calien’s contributions to the IOLTA community and access to justice in Maine and in the nation do outstrip any praise this short note can reflect. Just a few of her admirable professional accomplishments are: providing steady leadership for a number of years as co-chair of the ABA/NAIP Joint Communications Committee; being a moving force in getting the history of IOLTA videos produced (and starring in one); turning various challenges into opportunities, such responding to an issue about unidentified trust funds by drafting a rule to protect clients and increase Foundation revenue; and supporting and enhancing many projects to leverage limited resources for access to justice for those in need, such as the Volunteer Lawyers Project, technology to provide client legal education and assistance for the self-represented, training for pro bono lawyers, immigrant legal advocacy, and funding and leadership for legal aid services through law school clinics and legal aid agencies. Calien’s work has always exhibited insight and great commitment. Calien is one of those rare colleagues who made us both think and smile, often at the same time. She gave careful thought to matters before speaking, getting it just right. She also worked at being inclusive and, as is clear above, pulled her weight and then some with major projects. The entire IOLTA | Linda and 2 women named Ja(y)ne Salute Calien’s remarkable reign, But we’ll be bereft When she has left Her MBF role in Maine.
25: community knew that Calien cared deeply about advancing civil legal aid for those in need. Beyond the many professional efforts that have benefitted us all, Calien’s friendship and support have enriched us, as has her example of a meaningful life. She is a loving mother, grandmother (just ask to see the pictures), partner and friend. She is an important leader in the arts and has given much back to her community, including long making a difference for many through her ACLU roles. We have been enriched by association with this multi-faceted woman. She taught us about theater, opera, literature, politics and fun. We recall many IOLTA dinners with those down to earth Maine folks who clearly had such regard and affection for Calien. Other memories include trips to the opera (even those where Calien rolled her eyes, mumbling “this ain’t the Met”) and exchanging thoughts about plays in which Calien would cite obscure and weighty ancient essays. One need not be surrounded by high culture to learn from Calien. It is always a joy just to get an email from her where she holds forth in fine cyber form with all her humor and wonderful use of words. For example, it was not enough for her to compliment one consultant we all know by saying he handled the matter with grace and aplomb; Calien added “You remember Grace and Aplomb?” We can only hope she will continue to send us working stiffs more such delightful missives, perhaps written at her old but new vintage mission oak L. and J.G. Stickley desk, as she moves on to her next act. For us, the reviews are already in – Calien is a smash hit as a colleague and a friend. With best wishes for the next act and with respect and love, Jane Curran, Linda Rexer and Jayne Tyrrell
26: Calien, One of my many memories of you is how you responded when people struggled to pronounce your name. Your typical response, “Just think ‘alien’ and add a C,” always made me laugh. When I think of your time at MBF and my work with you, the words that come to mind are “committed” and “persevering.” I always knew, even if we disagreed about something, that you operated from a deeply held passion for justice. You inspired me when I was working with you then and your continuing dedication shows me what a superb role model you have been for others. Thank you for all that you have given to the cause of justice in Maine and beyond! I hope this next stage of life for you is all that you hope it will be! Kathryn Monahan Ainsworth
27: Calien always reminded me of a greek muse. Like a modern day ‘Erato,’ Calien carried around a fountain pen and a bound small notebook. When not jotting, Calien would rhapsodize her cultural passion: opera. (Here we bring in Calien as the muse of music, Euterpe.) Calien is such a devoted opera enthusiast that I would bet downtrodden Mimi in La Boheme somehow inspired her choice of profession. Calien often, and directly, was my muse. I had very little confidence in the large (both practical and philosophical) question of my ‘reason and capacity for being Bar Foundation President’; Calien would not hear of my misgivings. As a result, Maine now has mandatory IOLTA and Calien and I both have grey hair. Speaking of hair, Calien once had hair just like Farrah Fawcett! Yes! It is true! Calien lived in the 1970s and has the photos to prove it! I felt better about Calien after I saw the ‘evidence’ of her past life. Had I not, | I would have believed she was transported into the present from some remote time where the inhabitants would say something like "Best bib and tucker." What is a "tucker"? Ask Calien. Liz Scheffee
29: Dear Calien, In the beginning of my stint with MBF and VLP, I was most impressed with the fact that you always knew what to say to steer the conversation in a fruitful direction, and you had a tremendous amount of knowledge about so many things. But I soon discovered that your best qualities are your compassion and your vision of a world in which a person’s resources do not determine his or her access to justice. You truly inspire me. Thank you for all of your work on behalf of the people of the State of Maine. And for your friendship. Have a great next phase of life, Calien. Please stay in touch. Peggy Bensinger | I want to join everyone in publicly thanking Calien Lewis for her fine work on behalf of the legal aid community in Maine. I have seen again and again the impact of her efforts on a system wide basis and I have been impacted by her efforts in a very personal way as she made herself readily available to me as a resource and a sounding board. Her keen insights and zeal for the cause of justice have inspired me since the first day that I met her. She has been an invaluable mentor to me. Thank you, Calien, for all you have done. Jaye Martin | Calien, – I've lost track of how many years ... 20? more? I vaguely remember a life you weren't part of, but it was an awfully long time ago. And, I've little doubt that we'll remain connected in your next life! I've no doubt you'll thoroughly enjoy it all. Chuck Henegar
30: When I first started at VLP and figured out that I had two bosses (Nan and Calien), I felt a little like Alice through the Looking Glass being instructed by the two chess queens. Now one of my favorite things to do is meet with Calien for coffee or sometimes tea, and go over the big picture of VLP funding and programing. Along the way I have benefited from her approach to the world and her point of view, not to mention her interest in and opinions on almost everything! I will miss having her support and instruction. | JULIET | Thanks to Calien, the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission, which has no staff other than volunteer commissioners, is assisted by the Maine Bar Foundation with notices, the application process and legislative reporting requirements. It would have been (and was) difficult for the MCLSFC to fulfill its mission without help from MBF. Several years ago at a JAG meeting, Calien listened to a discussion about the needs of the MCLSFC and quietly said that perhaps MBF could be of help. She advocated for this with her board at a time when MBF funds and staff were particularly precious. Calien is committed to the needs of providers of civil legal services and funders. She has been involved in the civil legal services community for many years, knows the issues locally and nationally, and is able to creatively solve problems. She will be missed. Janis Cohen
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