Concord, NH –
Attorney L. Phillips Runyon III has been recognized by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service as a pro bono leader working with New Hampshire Free Legal Answers.
Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and launched in 2016, ABAFreeLegalAnswers.org is an on-line virtual legal clinic through which income-eligible clients can post civil legal services questions to be answered by pro bono attorneys from their jurisdiction. Currently,
40 jurisdictions are live for client access and an additional five jurisdictions have committed to participate.
New Hampshire Free Legal Answers, one of two pro bono programs administered by the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service, allows qualifying users (up to 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level) to post civil legal questions to be answered by volunteer attorneys. Question topics include Family, Divorce, Custody, Housing, Eviction, Homelessness, Consumer Rights, Financial, Work, Employment, Unemployment, Health and Disability, Civil Rights, Income Maintenance, Juvenile and Education Law.
The Committee presents annual recognition to individual attorneys, law firms, corporate
law departments and other organizations that have provided extraordinary pro bono services through ABA Free Legal Answers.
On Feb. 8, Attorney Runyon was recognized and praised by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service Chair David F. Bienvenu for his pro bono service which included answering 113 questions for Free Answers Legal answers in New Hampshire. Bienvenu, speaking on behalf of the committee, said:
“[It] is my honor to acknowledge your sincere dedication to pro bono service through participation in ABA Free Legal Answers,” Bienvenu said in a letter. “Through your exceptional pro bono service, you are helping to ensure that tens of thousands of low-income individuals across this country are receiving the legal help they deserve.”
NHBA Lawyer Referral Service Coordinator, Jennifer Greewald, says Free Legal Answers “is for everyone, whether [they] are just starting out, or nearing retirement.”
“As a volunteer, you have the freedom to select the question(s) to answer, when to answer them, and how much time to invest,” she says. “[It’s] a great pro bono opportunity for any attorney looking to give back.”
About The New Hampshire Bar Association
The New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA; Concord, NH; www.nhbar.org) is a non-profit 501(c)(6), court-mandated organization. Its members are all attorneys licensed to practice in the state, as well as all New Hampshire judges. Founded in 1873, the NHBA serves our members, the public, the justice system, and the profession.