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Bar News - January 5, 2007

NHLA Honors Past, Celebrates Its Future


NH Legal Assistance (NHLA), a non-profit statewide law firm providing civil legal services for the poor and elderly, recently celebrated the 35th anniversary of its founding at the Wiggin & Nourie law offices, thanks to the efforts of NHLA president and Wiggin partner Stephanie Bray.


NHLA Executive Director John Tobin said that such longevity is a testament to the organization’s resilience in surviving through difficult years when funding was cut or threatened to be cut, and to the dedicated support of the NH legal community, including the judiciary. He said NHLA is currently undergoing a period of rejuvenation with the addition of five new staff lawyers in just over one year, and has been boosted by an increased state appropriation that allowed NHLA to reopen a Nashua office.


 “It is just great to be working with all these new lawyers,” Tobin said. “It poses a challenge to make sure they get the support and mentoring they need, but they are doing great work.”


The newcomers include Dan Feltes, assigned to the Portsmouth NHLA office; Mary Krueger, working in Claremont; Sarah Mattson in Manchester; and Mike Perez in Nashua. A fifth new attorney, Dan Koslofski, joins NHLA this month.


Tobin also noted that Mattson, the daughter of Gilford attorney Lee Mattson, is working at NHLA as part of a fully-funded fellowship—one of 27 awarded annually—provided by the global law firm Skadden Arps. Tobin said Mattson is the first Skadden Fellow to work in NH.



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