Bar News - September 21, 2007
Retired But Still Want to Do Pro Bono?
New Hampshire Bar members who seek to retire or to wind down their practice temporarily or permanently, may still want to make themselves available to accept referrals through the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program.
The NHBA Bylaws contain a provision for “Limited Active Membership Status” for those attorneys who are otherwise not engaged in the practice of law in any jurisdiction, or who occupy a position where they do not provide legal advice or services in NH or any other jurisdiction, and nevertheless wish to provide civil legal services to indigent clients through the NHBA Pro Bono program.
Attorneys electing this status are expected to volunteer to provide at least 40 hours per year of civil legal services through Pro Bono. Attorneys on Pro Bono Active status pay NHBA member dues that are no more than 10 percent of the active membership dues level.
For more information about how you can provide Pro Bono services while otherwise inactive or retired in legal practice, contact Ginny Martin, NHBA Associate Executive Director for Legal Services at 603-715-3279.
The following is the text of the relevant NHBA Bylaw:
Article II, Section 8. Limited Active Membership Status for Pro Bono Service through the NHBA Pro Bono Referral System. Members who are otherwise not engaged in the practice of law in any jurisdiction, or who occupy a position the duties of which do not require the giving of legal advice or services in New Hampshire or any other jurisdiction, are eligible to request Limited Active Membership Status for NHBA PBRS Pro Bono Service for the sole purpose of providing civil pro bono legal services to the indigent. The annual membership fee for the Limited Active Membership Status for NHBA PBRS Pro Bono Service shall not exceed 10% of the Active membership fee. The NHBA Board of Governors reserves the right to grant and rescind Limited Active Membership Status for NHBA PBRS, and strongly encourages members requesting or maintaining this membership status to volunteer for approved civil legal services through the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Service for a minimum of 40 hours per year. (New section approved by the membership 6/18/03.)