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Leadership Academy to Host Access to Justice Symposium

Leadership Academy Symposium

Date: Thursday, May 4
Time: 4-5:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
Location: Bar Center, lower level
RSVP: Lisa Boisvert

As part of this year's NH Bar Association Leadership Academy program, the 2016-2017 academy participants will host a symposium addressing issues related to access to justice, on Thursday, May 4, at the NH Bar Center in Concord.

Academy participants have been divided into three groups. Each group is addressing the issue of access to justice issues from a different perspective. The working titles for the three group projects are as follows: law firm incubators, language barriers and student loan debt and how it relates to access to justice. The three groups are developing presentations and working together in producing the symposium.

The event ends with a reception for attendees, which will include the NHBA Board of Governors, Leadership Academy alumni, colleagues and families of the participants, and other groups within the New Hampshire legal community. Due to space limitations, attendance is by invitation or reservation only. Those wishing to attend must contact Lisa Boisvert, (603) 715-3213, to request a reservation.


Barriers for Non-English Speakers in Accessing the Justice System
Robert Berry, Maya Dominguez, Michelle Heaton, Alex Najjar

Non-English speakers face many barriers in attempting to access the justice system. In New Hampshire, most legal resources and forms are only available in English. This presentation will explore the needs of non-English speakers in the court system and recommend ways to potentially meet those needs, in relation to three law practice areas: 1) housing and landlord/tenant issues; 2) domestic violence and family relations; and 3) employment-related issues.

Legal Incubators: What the Bar Association Can Do for New Solos
Kristin Fields, Henry Klementowicz, Molly Lynch, Nathan Warecki

New Hampshire has many solo attorneys and small law firms. Some attorneys start firms right after law school. This presentation will describe the resources the NH Bar Association already offers to solos and small-firm attorneys and explore the concept of legal incubators – a system for providing free or low-cost wrap-around services for brand new lawyers, to help them build practices, while at the same time tackling the justice gap through mandatory pro bono work.

The Impact of Educational Debt on New Lawyers
Mary Bleier, Jason Dennis, Laura Devine, Christine Donlan, Rebeka Fortess

It's no secret that student loan debt burdens many new lawyers, but how does it affect the delivery of legal services? This presentation will focus on the specific impacts of student loan debt on new lawyers in New Hampshire, existing programs designed to alleviate the burden, and a proposed new initiative aimed at increasing understanding and action on this issue.

Reception with refreshments and conversation to follow.
Leadership Academy - Class of 2017

Robert F. Berry Jr.
NH Department of Health and Human Services

Mary C. Bleier
NH Insurance Department

Jason B. Dennis
Bianco Professional Association

Laura D. Devine
Boyle, Shaughnessy & Campo, PC

Mariana Dominguez
NH Public Defender

Christine F. Donlan
Posteri Legal PLLC

Kristin G. Fields
Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A.

Rebeka M. Fortess
Circuit Court Administrative Office

Michelle C. Heaton
NH Attorney General's Office -
Department of Justice

Henry R. Klementowicz
McLane Middleton PA

Molly M. Lynch
NH Department of Health and Human Services -
Commissioner's Office

Alexander E. Najjar
Najjar Employment Law Group,P.C.

Nathan P. Warecki
Nixon Peabody LLP

The NHBA Leadership Academy Class of 2017 gathers for a photo at the kick-off retreat.
Leaders of Tomorrow – Learn from the Leaders of Today
The NH Bar Association's Leadership Academy has graduated four classes of emerging leaders from the legal community. An impressive list of governors, judges, legislators, regulators, CEOs, authors, educators, and other leaders from throughout New Hampshire have spent time conversing with the last four Leadership Academy classes.
Leadership Academy Mission
To promote and encourage leadership and professionalism by identifying present and future leaders who are members of the New Hampshire Bar, and providing them with a program designed to develop leadership skills; to foster camaraderie; and to provide exposure to leaders in the legal, business and government communities.
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Steering Committee
Talesha Saint-Marc, Co-Chair
Francesca Hennessey, Co-Chair
Joseph Becher
Brooksley C. Belanger
Nick Casolaro
Joseph Driscoll
Scott Harris
Abby Sykas Karoutas
Jacob Marvelley
David W. McGrath
Suzanne S. McKenna
Hon. Paul Steven Moore
Michael Ortlieb
Jennifer L. Parent
Paul R. Pudloski
Jaye L. Rancourt
Richard Uchida
Thomas E. Walker Jr.
Denice DeStefano
Dan Wise
Lisa Boisvert
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