Bar News - August 10, 2007
Bar Foundation News
Justice Fund Grows with 30th Anniversary Contributions
“Attorneys, law firms, and other businesses contributed $8,875 to the Advancement of Justice Fund by advertising in the Bar Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Dinner Program this past spring,” reports David Snyder, executive director of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. “This endowed fund now exceeds $200,000, which means even more money will be available through the Justice Grants Program in the future. The Foundation thanks all those who contributed for their participation and their generosity.”
The Bar Foundation board of directors established the Advancement of Justice Fund (AOJF) in 1990 to “support access to justice for low-income people, public education about the law, and other projects which improve the administration of justice.” Annual contributions to the Bar Foundation have contributed to the Fund’s steady growth.
When the board of directors established the AOJF, they designated all memorial gifts received by the Bar Foundation to be applied to this fund, unless otherwise directed by the donor. In honor of NH Bar members, the NH Bar Association makes a memorial gift of $100 to the NH Bar Foundation whenever one of its members passes away.
Grants made from the AOJF have supported many efforts to advance justice in New Hampshire, such as:
- continuing legal education in immigration law and pro bono service;
- attorney fees for domestic violence victims;
- research/training by the Disabilities Rights Center to address the disproportionate impact of the juvenile justice system on children with disabilities;
- reprinting of the legal handbook for women in English and Spanish by the NH Commission on the Status of Women;
- program development to improve access to legal services for individuals with mental illness;
- NH Legal Assistance’s medical-legal collaborative;
- the King Lecture Series at the NH Supreme Court;
- a new Mock Trial Program by City Year NH;
- production of “Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else” by the NH Probate Courts;
- and several other high impact programs.
Contributions to the Advancement of Justice Fund may be made anytime during the year. Please contact David Snyder, executive director, at (603) 715-3255, for more information about the Fund or for a complete list of other Justice Funds. Visit the New Hampshire Bar Foundation online at: http://www.nhbarfoundation.org/.
Jamie N. Hage Elected to IOLTA Grants Committee
Attorney Jamie N. Hage, a partner in the law firm of Nixon Peabody LLP of Manchester, NH, and Boston, MA, was elected by a majority of voters in the recent Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Grants Committee election process. All New Hampshire attorneys who participate in the IOLTA Program were eligible to vote. Three hundred and ninety-six attorneys, among the 2256 eligible to vote, cast ballots. Hage’s five-year term begins in August. 2007. The four other committee members are attorneys Michael Fuerst, Leslie Nixon, Hon. James Leary, and Claudia Damon.
Hage responded enthusiastically to the election news, stating, “I consider it a privilege and an honor to serve on the IOLTA Grants Committee of the NH Bar Foundation to support civil legal services for the disadvantaged and educational programming about the law for students and the community. I think attorneys in this state have a proud history of giving back to their communities. With attorney contributions made through the IOLTA Program, and the NH Bar Foundation IOLTA and Justice Grant programs, the vision of equal representation for all residents, despite their ability to pay, is closer to becoming a reality. The IOLTA Grants Committee is instrumental in the process of supporting nonprofit organizations serving New Hampshire residents through its role in reviewing grant applications and making funding recommendations to the Board of Directors of NH Bar Foundation, the single largest financial supporter of civil legal services and law-related educational programming in New Hampshire.”
The New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Grants Committee reviews approximately two dozen grant applications from New Hampshire nonprofits annually. Organizations providing free or reduced-fee civil legal services to disadvantaged residents or law-related educational programming are eligible to apply. The Committee makes funding recommendations to the board of directors of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Funding for FY 2008 IOLTA Grants topped $1.73 million, distributed among 12 different programs serving New Hampshire residents.