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Wednesday October 12, 2011 | 05:37 PM

A Mainer will be a participant in a White House “Champions of Change” event Thursday, the second month in a row the regular session highlights someone from Maine. The event can be watched via webcast beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The event, which can be watched on live webcast, will feature 16 people from across the country who “are dedicating their professional lives to closing the justice gap  in America,” according to the White House. Among them will be Nan Heald, executive director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, which has offices throughout the state, including Portland and Augusta.

“Through the creative use of funding opportunities and other leveraged support, her leadership has enabled Pine Tree to  strengthen and expand legal services to diverse client populations and in new areas of law, and to make justice more accessible for all the people of Maine,” said the White House release announcing the event. “The event will honor these leaders who use the law to assist people in need and improve lives.”

Also participating in the event will be Attorney General Eric Holder.

Last month, the Champions of Change event focused on breast cancer research and treatment and included Marguerite “Peggy” Belanger, a breast health nurse and Cancer Care Coordinator at Southern Maine Medical Center.


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