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Bar News - October 5, 2007

Cindee Carter Leaves NH Bar to Join NH Legal Assistance


Cindee Carter

Cindee Carter, who is leaving the NH Bar Association to join New Hampshire Legal Assistance, has been providing case management services to Pro Bono clients for the past seven years.  As Assistant Coordinator of the Pro Bono Program, she has assisted with the creation and implementation of special projects, helped with training seminars and interfaced with the legal community in countless ways—especially in finding lawyers to help low-income clients.  She has acted as a liaison to the Coalition for Family Law & Mental Health and to the Gender Equality Committee and to the Disabilities Rights Center.


Carter is deeply committed to her work; she regards legal services to the poor as having the highest possible priority.  “I have enjoyed my work here at the Bar, but I will especially like seeing a case through from start to finish,” she says.  “In my present position, once I refer the case, I seldom find out what happens. I don’t usually know how it’s resolved—and I like closure!”


In her new position with NHLA’s newly-established Concord office, when she receives an assignment, Carter will interview the client, investigate and prepare the case—and then “argue” it before a hearings officer.  “It’s more ‘hands-on’ than I have now,” she said.  She will also have greater legal involvement, putting to use her UNH Bachelor’s degree in Advocacy & Victim Rights.


Carter is a certified guardian ad litem and holds a paralegal certificate.  In addition, she volunteers with the Hillsborough Juvenile Diversion Board and as a Special Education Advocate with Hillsborough Youth Services.  She is also a CASA volunteer. 


Although she is very busy both with her work and her volunteer activities, Cindee has recently developed an interest in photography.  Her digitally enhanced photos (they look like watercolors) are becoming almost a second career for her.  One of her photos appeared on the cover of the Summer issue of the NH Bar Journal. 


In addition, she recently won the Hillsborough Pride photo contest with a unique shot of stores along Main St. reflecting in their windows the flowers growing along the sidewalks.  Hillsborough is getting a face-lift and her photo will be used in the business recruitment brochures.


“During her tenure at Pro Bono, Cindee has helped make a difference for countless low-income people through her dedicated efforts in connecting those in need with volunteer lawyers,” said Ginny Martin, NHBA Associate Executive Director for Legal Services.  “She has also provided valuable assistance with special projects, including overseeing Pro Bono’s partnership with the Disabilities Rights Center regarding special education cases. We will miss her.”


Carter’s philosophy is a simple one: Be honest, be genuine, be fair—and see things through to the finish.






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