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Howard Dana to Receive Bowdoin College Preservation of Freedom Prize

Story posted May 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Maine Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Howard H. Dana, Jr., a member of the Bowdoin College Class of 1962, will receive the sixth Preservation of Freedom Fund Prize at the Bowdoin College Reunion Convocation on Saturday, May 31, in the Farley Field House.

The prize was established by Gordon S. Hargraves (Class of 1919) in 1988 to "stimulate understanding and appreciation of the rights and freedoms of the individual, guaranteed under the Constitution." The prize recognizes "the individual or group of Bowdoin alumni/ae making an outstanding contribution to the understanding and advancement of human freedoms and the duty of the individual to protect and strengthen these freedoms at all times."

Dana has distinguished himself in Maine by working to develop legal services for the poor and is recognized as a catalyst for the statewide pro bono legal services program. He was a founding member of the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project and a member of the Maine Legal Needs Commission. He has served as director and president of the Maine Bar Foundation, where his work included securing funds for the needy through the sponsorship of Maine's Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts program, and has served as director of the New England Legal Foundation and Federal Legal Services Corporation.

Previous recipients of the Preservation of Freedom Prize have included writer and educator Judith M. Isaacson M'67 (1996), Joseph C. Wheeler '48 (1993), chairman of the United States Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee; U.S. Ambassador to Russia Thomas R. Pickering '53 (1990); Maine Senators William S. Cohen '62 and George J. Mitchell '54 (co-recipients, 1989); and William B. Whiteside, Bowdoin's Frank Munsey Professor of History Emeritus and a member of the faculty for 35 years (1988).

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