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Bar News - July 21, 2006

Bar Foundation News: Two Candidates on IOLTA Grants Committee Ballot

In its first election since 2001, the New Hampshire Bar Foundation announces two candidates for a five-year term on the IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts) Grants Committee: attorneys Meredith A. Hatfield of Pierce Atwood in Concord, a Bar member since 1999, and Leslie C. Nixon of Nixon Raiche Manning Vogelman & Leach in Manchester, a Bar member since 1981.

The IOLTA Grants Committee reviews approximately two dozen grant applications annually and makes funding recommendations to the NH Bar Foundation board of directors. IOLTA grants support organizations providing civil legal services to the disadvantaged, law-related education programs and other projects approved by the NH Supreme Court. On July 11, ballots were mailed to all attorneys who have an IOLTA account. Returned ballots must be received by the Bar Foundation by 5:00 p.m. on July 28, 2006, to be valid. If you did not receive a ballot and are eligible to vote, please contact the Bar Foundation.

The following is information on the two candidates:

Meredith A. Hatfield
Candidate Statement

Meredith A. Hatfield
I am eager to apply my grantmaking skills and experience in service to the IOLTA Grants Committee.

I recently served as a program director at the NH Charitable Foundation where I managed all aspects of grantmaking for the Foundation’s large environmental portfolio. In addition to reviewing grant applications, I worked closely with grantees and donors developing strategic grant proposals and encouraging collaboration among environmental stakeholders. I successfully sought grant funding from regional and national funders and participated in regional and national funder meetings and conferences, including the Funders Network for Smart Growth. I had the honor of serving on the Board of the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, which makes grants to grassroots environmental groups across the region. I have been a member of the New Hampshire Bar since 1999, and look forward to the opportunity to serve the Bar and the Bar Foundation to help increase access to justice for New Hampshire residents.


Hatfield is a member of Pierce Atwood’s Energy Group at the firm’s Concord office. She represents energy, environmental, land use, and corporate clients in administrative law and legislative matters. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and earned her J.D. from Vermont Law School. Prior to joining Pierce Atwood in 2005, she managed initiatives focused on growth and development for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Her key projects focused on transportation and workforce housing. Hatfield worked to convene an advisory committee of state leaders to help advise the NH Department of Transportation on the development of a long-range plan for the state’s transportation system. In the housing arena, she helped to create a statewide initiative to provide more opportunities for workforce housing in the state. During her time at the Charitable Foundation, Hatfield also served as associate professor at Vermont Law School, teaching an “Environmental Legal Research and Writing” course to students in the Masters of Studies in Environmental Law Program. From 2000-2002, she served as public policy director in the NH Governor’s Office of Energy and Community Services, where she represented the governor on a wide range of energy issues at the Public Utilities Commission and in the Legislature. Prior to 2000, she was a litigation and environmental associate at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, during which time she served as a pro bono attorney in family law and domestic violence cases.

Leslie C. Nixon
Candidate Statement

Leslie C. Nixon
I would very much appreciate the opportunity to serve on the IOLTA Grants Leslie C. NixonCommittee. As my prior service on the Board of NH Legal Assistance [testifies], I am committed to the principle of increasing access of the justice system for the underprivileged; that is a large part of my motivation for serving on the boards of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the NH Trial Lawyers’ Association as well. I look forward to learning more about the organizations in New Hampshire that exist to promote that goal, and to ensuring that New Hampshire attorneys can be proud of the use to which these funds are put. As a member of the Committee, I would work to reach out to the members of the NH Bar to learn about their suggestions and priorities for use of these funds, and to publicize the Committee’s work, so that the Committee does not become wedded to organizations that are not effective, simply because it is not aware of other potential recipients.


Nixon is a trial lawyer and director in the Manchester law firm of Nixon, Raiche, Manning, Vogelman & Leach. She grew up in New Hampshire and graduated from Goffstown High School, receiving her undergraduate and law degrees from Smith College and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively. Nixon served as a delegate to the 1984 New Hampshire Constitutional Convention, and was a member of the New Hampshire Legislature from 1986-1988. She is a past president of the NH Trial Lawyers of America. She has also served on the Board of NH Legal Assistance, the NH Child Daycare Advisory Council, the Governor’s Partnership on Early Learning, the NH Superior Court Jury Reform Committee, and the American Stage Festival. Nixon and her husband are trustees of the Clifford R. Nyquist Charitable Trust, which they created in memory of their son to fund grants and scholarships to encourage scholarship, athleticism, character development, and generosity of spirit in young people.

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