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OUR TEAM

Maine Community Law Center (MCLC) is the first legal residency program in the state of Maine. 

ELIZABETH STOUT

Executive Director, Attorney

Elizabeth (Liz) received her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and passed the Maine Bar in 1990. Since then, she has worked as an Assistant District Attorney, a business litigator, an Assistant Attorney General, and since 2002, as a family law attorney, guardian ad litem (GAL) and mediator.

 

Over the years, Liz has seen many families struggle with the difficulties of separation and divorce, substance abuse, mental health problems and other difficulties. Her goal in representing clients is to give them a clear analysis of the situation and options to resolve their issues, and then the guidance and advocacy to help them achieve their goals. Resolution by agreement is often the best choice, but if litigation is required, Liz is comfortable prosecuting or defending a case. 

As a parent, as a family law attorney and as a Guardian ad litem, the safety and well being of children is always Liz's first priority. Helping clients achieve resolution of their disputes in an efficient, careful and cost effective way can benefit the whole family, whether they live in one house or two.

AMANDA LABELLE

Attorney

Amanda (Mandi) LaBelle lives in Saco with her husband and two daughters. Mandi is a graduate of Biddeford High School.  After graduating from high school, she went right into the work force and was employed for 10 years at a local insurance agency where she specialized in dental and legal malpractice.  Once her daughters reached school age, Mandi decided to make a career change and enrolled in college full-time.  Mandi graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2015 with a degree in Political Science. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Mandi applied and was accepted into the University of Maine School of Law.   

 

While in law school, Mandi began practicing as a student attorney in the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. She also participated in externship programs at Kids Legal, in the Office of Special Education Program at the United States Department of Education, and at the Portland District Court.  After graduating with honors in 2018, Mandi served as a Law Clerk for the Maine District Court in Lewiston, Maine. 

 

Mandi is focused on providing affordable legal services to clients in the areas of family law, wills, and as a Guardian ad Litem.

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HANNAH FUJIMAKI

Attorney

Haruka (Hannah) will always consider western Maine to be “home.” Half of Hannah’s family lives in Oxford county and the other half lives in Japan.  In 2010, Hannah graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in biology. After having worked in banking and as a legal assistant, law school was the clear next step.

 

Hannah attended the University of Maine School of Law, where she took a number of classes in transactional law and estate planning. She spent significant time volunteering with the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and in the summer of her 2L year she worked as an extern at the Federal Trade Commission’s office at Cleveland, Ohio. Hannah takes consumer protection issues seriously and advocates for people to have a full understanding of what their rights and obligations are before committing to a contract or service. Hannah graduated from Maine Law cum laude in May, 2018. Prior to working for the Maine Community Law Center, Hannah volunteered at the Volunteer Lawyers Project and has committed well over 50 hours to pro bono work.

 

Hannah strives to provide legal services of the highest caliber at fair rates. She is developing a general practice, currently focusing on the areas of simple estate matters and family law including divorce, parental rights and responsibilities, guardianship, and protection from abuse and harassment.

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TYLER LAUZON

Attorney

Tyler Lauzon’s home has been and will always be Saco, Maine. Alongside his grandparents and his mother, Tyler manages Martel’s Ice Cream. Tyler will proudly tell you that he has made all of the ice cream at the shop for the past eight years and that he has every intention of managing a law career while contributing to the family business. In 2013, Tyler graduated from Colby College with a double major in Classics and Philosophy. Two years later, Tyler enrolled at the University of Maine School of Law.

In law school, Tyler worked as a student attorney at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, where he helped many individuals access the justice they could not otherwise afford. He was also an editor of the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal and had his article on lobstering laws published in the Journal. During law school, Tyler focused his studies primarily on estate planning, transactional law, and real estate. In 2018, Tyler graduated from law school magna cum laude and in October he was admitted to the Maine Bar.

Tyler aims to provide high quality, affordable legal services to the community. Building on the subjects he studied in school, Tyler’s practice focuses on wills and estate planning, probate matters, transactional law, real estate, and general practice.

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BRIAN RANTA

Attorney

Brian Ranta is from the North shore of Massachusetts.  He attended Connecticut College where he earned a degree in Economics.  After graduating, Brian started working in the financial sector. Brian’s interest in the legal matters surrounding finances grew while he was working in the finance, which led Brian to attend the University of Maine School of Law.

 

While in law school, Brian was the Research Editor for the Oceans and Costal Law Journal and also gained experience working at the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, the District Attorney's Office in York County, and the Federal Defender's Office.  He graduated Maine Law Cum Laude and was awarded Pro Bono Publico designation for his significant pro bono service during law school.

 

Brian works to provide affordable legal services focusing on criminal law, family law, probate, wills and estate planning and general practice.

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ZOE TROUT

Associate Director

Zoe Trout earned her degree in Advertising and Public relations from Florida Southern College in 2017. During a year of service as a Fulbright Fellow in Thailand, she spent time at the Wildflower Home, a small self-sustaining non-profit organization serving single mothers and victims of domestic violence. It was here that her interest in self-sustaining non-profit organizations and the cultural impact of family legal systems was ignited. 

 

While earning her degree, Zoe worked at several advertising and digital marketing agencies and education-based nonprofits. She continues this work as a free-lance marketing professional, offering graphic and web design, copywriting, and social media support to small business.

 

At the Maine Community Law Center, Zoe is thrilled to support the law fellows and their clients through operations management and marketing.

If you are interested in starting a career with Maine Community Law Center,

learn more about our fellowship program.