Shawna P. Bentley
Wescott Law, PA
“I am a firm believer in the idea that knowledge is power, and that our knowledge of the law as attorneys comes with the power to effect change in our communities and in the lives of our clients.” “My hope is that, through serving on the IOLTA Grants Committee, I will be able to help other attorneys realize the sense of joy and accomplishment that comes with public service, and to help members of the public who use these important services gain the access to justice that they need and deserve.”
Before joining the New Hampshire Bar in 2018, Attorney Shawna P. Bentley briefly worked as a high school English teacher before being accepted to the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at UNH School of Law. While in law school, she served as a volunteer with Legal Advice and Referral Center, the National Education Association of NH and a judicial intern with the Belknap County Superior Court and Franklin District and Family Courts. Attorney Bentley focuses her practice on family law, civil litigation and estate planning and probate. She also serves as Treasurer for the Belknap County Bar Association.
William M. Bryk
Law Office of William Bryk
“I am interested in serving the Bar, the courts and the people of New Hampshire as a member of the IOLTA Grants Committee. I am committed to the aims and purposes of the IOLTA Grants Program. “
Having joined the New Hampshire Bar in 2017, Attorney William M. Bryk is now in private practice in Antrim, NH after 26 years of public service with the City of New York. He has served in the Department of Corrections, office of the Manhattan Borough President and the office of the President of the Council. He continues to serve by appointment of the NY State Supreme Court as a guardian and as a court examiner of guardians’ annual accounts. Attorney Bryk holds an Economic degree from Manhattan College and law degree from Fordham University. His practice includes trust and estate as well as labor and employment law.
Barry M. Scotch
Backus Meyer & Branch, LLP
“Respect for the legal system is based on a sense that it provides equal access to all. By helping to fund the NH Legal Assistance Program and the Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program, the IOLTA Grants Committee provides crucial support for access to all in our legal system. My practical experience as a lawyer and my knowledge of how the system works provide me with the basis for being a valuable member of the IOLTA Grants Committee.”
Attorney Barry M. Scotch has been in practice for 45 years. Having earned his J.D. from Columbia University Law School, he is currently a partner with Backus, Meyer & Branch practicing in various areas of civil law, with an emphasis in litigation, insurance and personal injury law. Attorney Scotch has served on many state and local committees and is a long-time member of the Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. Presently he serves on the Dispute Resolution Committee, the NH Supreme Court’s Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board and has been appointed to the Attorney Discipline System’s Hearings Committee.