PRESS RELEASE: Disability Rights Maine Announces Lauren Wille as New Legal Director

CONTACT: Julia Endicott


AUGUSTA – Disability Rights Maine is pleased to announce Lauren Wille as its new Legal Director. Atlee Reilly, who has been serving as Legal Director since 2021, will resume his role as Managing Attorney of DRM’s Educational Advocacy program, and continue his life’s work advocating for the rights of children with disabilities.

“Lauren is a remarkable leader and I am excited for her to bring her strategic vision to the helm of DRM’s legal practice. I am also deeply thankful to Atlee for his exceptional leadership over the past several years, and even more thrilled that he will once again be able to focus his full attention on improving outcomes for Maine’s children,” said Kim Moody, Executive Director.

Wille joined Disability Rights Maine in February 2017 as a Staff Attorney on the Developmental Disabilities team and became a Managing Attorney in 2020. Her practice has covered individual representation in matters of abuse and neglect, access to Home- and Community-Based Services, access to competitive integrated employment, and addressing civil rights violations of individuals with disabilities. Wille helps lead DRM’s guardianship reform practice, which addresses the overuse of guardianship and lack of legal representation for Maine people who are unnecessarily placed under guardianship at both individual and systemic levels. In 2023, Wille’s expertise in Probate Court was recognized through her appointment to the Advisory Committee on the Maine Rules of Probate Procedure.

Notably, Wille authored an amicus brief, filed jointly with the ACLU of Maine in In Re Child of Barni A. The case resulted in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court overturning a lower court order that terminated a mother-child relationship after the state failed to provide nursing services to the child who was legally entitled to them. The decision was a victory for disabled parents and children, finding that families should not be separated when the state fails to provide legally required services and accommodations to ensure families can stay together.

“It is an honor to practice civil rights work in this area in which civil rights are so often overlooked. I look forward to continuing to serve DRM and our clients as Legal Director to improve people’s lives through our litigation practice,” said Lauren Wille.

Before joining DRM, Wille worked as an attorney at a small law firm in Portland, representing clients in criminal defense, child protective matters, and appellate litigation. Wille has argued cases before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Wille holds her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and her B.A. from Rutgers University.


Disability Rights Maine is Maine’s Protection & Advocacy organization. Our mission is to advance justice and equality by enforcing rights and expanding opportunities for people with disabilities in Maine.