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
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 -
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.
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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.
Talesha Saint-Marc, Co-Chair
Francesca Hennessey, Co-Chair
Brooksley C. Belanger
Abby Sykas Karoutas
David W. McGrath
Suzanne S. McKenna
Hon. Paul Steven Moore
Jennifer L. Parent
Paul R. Pudloski
Jaye L. Rancourt
Thomas E. Walker Jr.