The New Hampshire Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, grant-making charitable foundation dedicated to supporting civil legal aid for the disadvantaged and law-related education in New Hampshire.


The New Hampshire Bar Foundation promotes the role of lawyers in securing equal access to justice and supports the charitable and educational aims of the New Hampshire Bar and its members. Read more.

IOLTA Grants Committee Nominations

NOMINATIONS ARE SOUGHT for those interested in serving on the NH Bar Foundation’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Grants Committee. There is one five-year term open on the committee. Interested candidates should complete the Nomination Form and return it to the Bar Center by July 25, 2018.

Nominees must be a NH licensed attorney actively participating in the IOLTA program either on their own or through their firm.  Attorneys are permitted to nominate themselves.

Members of the IOLTA Grants Committee meet once or twice a year to review IOLTA grant applications, meet with the applicants and provide their recommendations to the NH Bar Foundation Board of Directors for distribution of funds.

Since 1998, the IOLTA program has provided more than $34 million in support of important legal access programs and to assist law-related education projects.

For more information, contact Lisha Nelson at 715-3210 or at

Attorneys: Make Your IOLTA Dollars Count More

Your IOLTA deposits earn substantially more if you use one of the Leadership Level financial institutions that support the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s mission by paying 2 percent or more on IOLTA deposits. Now, financial institutions paying at least 1 percent also are being specially recognized as Partner Level financial institutions. IOLTA has generated nearly $32 million for civil legal services and public education over its 33-year history. Read about the  NHBF-IOLTA-Grants-Impact have had on the work of grantees to enhance access to justice for NH’s vulnerable citizens.

2018 New Hampshire Bar Foundation Fellows Induction

2018 New Hampshire Bar Foundation Fellows Inductees

The Bar Foundation continues to enjoy an infusion of energy and commitment with the induction of 11 new Fellows into the organization this year.

At a May 2, 2018 reception at the Currier Museum of Art, the new Fellows were inducted. The Fellows program recognizes excellence in the law and encourages sustained giving and service.

The 3rd annual Nixon Zachos award was presented to David Bradley of Hanover. Megan Carpenter, the dean of the UNH School of Law also made remarks about the impact of the law school on the state’s legal community.

Click here for more about the Fellows Program.

Centennial Gala Celebrates Women in Law in NH
Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis speaks to attendees at the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in New Hampshire on on June 1, 2017.

Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis speaks to attendees at the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in New Hampshire on on June 1, 2017.

A capacity crowd on June 1, 2017, celebrated the first 100 years of women in the legal profession in New Hampshire. Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis keynoted the event, which featured a video of memories of women pioneers in law as well as their successors in the profession. Read more / see photos from the event.

Support New Hampshire Bar Foundation

Your tax deductible contribution will help support non-profit legal service organizations serving NH citizens. Make a secure credit card donation online or send your check to: NH Bar Foundation at 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301. Learn about other ways to give. Please contact us by email or at 603-715-3210 for information on other giving options.

IOLTA Program

The IOLTA Program funds critical services in New Hampshire communities. Interest earned on these accounts supports the Bar Foundation’s statewide IOLTA Grants Program. Through IOLTA grants, tens of thousands of our most vulnerable citizens receive free or low cost civil legal services. IOLTA grants also fund educational programs that teach our youth and the public about the law and the justice system.