Bar News - August 11, 2006
Bar Foundation News: Nixon Elected to IOLTA Grants Committee
Leslie C. Nixon
Trial attorney Leslie C. Nixon was elected last month for a seat on the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Grants Committee. She began her five-year term August 1, joining other committee members Patti Blanchette; Hon. James H. Leary; Michael Fuerst; and IOTLA Committee Chair Claudia C. Damon.
“I am very happy and pleased to learn my fellow Bar members have had the confidence to give me this opportunity to serve on the IOLTA Grants Committee,” said Nixon, who is with the Manchester law firm of Nixon, Raiche, Manning, Vogelman & Leach. “I look forward to serving our profession and the New Hampshire citizens who are in need and deserving of help in gaining access to justice through grants from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.”
The Foundation’s IOLTA Grants Program funds legal services for the disadvantaged and public education regarding the courts and the law. Annually, the five members of the committee review an average of 24 grant applications to determine which programs and/or organizations are addressing the most critical civil legal issues facing New Hampshire residents and are best equipped to have a significant impact on the populations they serve. The committee provides funding recommendations to the NHBF Board of Directors whose fiduciary duty includes stewardship of grant programs.
“I am committed to the principle of increasing access to the justice system for the underprivileged…. 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,” stated Nixon during her candidacy for the position. “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.”
For information about the Bar Foundation’s IOLTA and Justice Grant programs, visit www.nhbarfoundation.org or call David Snyder, executive director, at 603-224-6942.