Your NH Bar Resource for Volunteer Legal Opportunities

Looking for ways to use your legal training to make a difference for those in need and meet the proud pro bono aspirations of the legal profession? With close to four decades of experience in devising, implementing and coordinating volunteer legal solutions, the NH Pro Bono Referral Program offers a variety of programs and supports to assist private attorneys in delivering legal services to disadvantaged families, individuals and seniors. Please join us.

Meet your professional obligations under New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 6.1. to provide at least 30 hours a year of pro bono legal services to those unable to pay.

Other Pro Bono Opportunities

  • Free Legal Answers: A new limited scope volunteer opportunity has come to the Granite State in the form of New Hampshire Free Legal Answers sponsored and coordinated by the NHBA Pro Bono Program in partnership with the ABA’s innovative, online “Free Legal Answers” initiative. March marks the New Hampshire launch of this virtual legal advice portal for low-income people (household incomes of 250 percent of poverty or below) to pose their civil legal questions for volunteer attorneys to answer. Attorneys wishing to participate can go to to register.
  • Referral Marathons
    Referral marathons are one of the most effective ways to match low-income clients with volunteer attorneys. Lawyers are needed to call on their colleagues to place cases. Attorneys are also needed to host local county referral marathons. This involves the use of your office space and telephone lines. For more information or to volunteer, call Carolann Wooding, 603-224-6942.
  • Mentor newer attorneys
  • Large firm involvement
  • Limited Active Status
    For retired or temporarily inactive attorneys who wish to help those in need, while keeping their legal skills sharp. A low-cost way to stay involved.

Staff Contacts/Resources

Direct line for attorneys: 603-715-3203

  • Carolann Wooding: Pro Bono and Database Coordinator.
  • Barbara G. Heggie, Esq.: Statewide Coordinator for Low-Income Taxpayer Project.
  • Pamela Dodge: Domestic Violence Projects Coordinator. DOVE Project Statewide, North Country DOVE Outreach Project, Domestic Violence Issues in Parenting and Divorce Statewide and Statewide Unbundled Legal Services Project.
  • Janice Rabchenuk: Special Projects Coordinator. Foreclosure Project Statewide.
  • Virginia Martin: Director. Policies and Procedures, Attorney Supports, Funding and Grants Management, Liasion to Legal Services Network, Unbundled Opportunities, Recruitment, and General Oversight Statewide.
  • Sue Alexander: Administrative Assistant and Criminal Annulments Statewide.

Limited Active Status

Members who are otherwise not engaged in the practice of law in any jurisdiction, or who occupy a position the duties of which do not require the giving of legal advice or services in New Hampshire or any other jurisdiction, are eligible to request Limited Active Membership Status for NHBA PBRS Pro Bono Service for the sole purpose of providing civil pro bono legal services to the indigent. Learn more.

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Resources for Pro Bono Attorneys

Why do Pro Bono work?

Newer attorney Rory Parnell, of Parnell, Michels & McKay in Londonderry, sees Pro Bono work as integral to his calling as a lawyer.

For seasoned family law attorney Marilyn Mahoney, of Harvey & Mahoney in Manchester, doing Pro Bono work has always been a “no-brainer.”

Primary Types of Cases We Handle

• Basic Estate Planning
• Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
• Child Support
• Criminal Annulments
• Debt Collection
• Divorce
• Domestic Violence
• Eviction Defense
• Federal Income Tax Controversies
• Homeownership
• Parenting Rights
• Tort Defense
• Unbundled Family Law