Bar News - October 5, 2007
Bar Foundation News: Bar Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members
By: Susan Noon
Marilyn B. McNamara
Martha Van Oot
David Snyder, executive director of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation recently announced the addition of two new board members, attorneys Marilyn B. McNamara and Martha Van Oot. “Both attorneys have expressed a strong desire to help advance the mission of the Bar Foundation, and I look forward to their participation,” said Snyder.
In 2001, following 23 years in private practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Marilyn McNamara became the executive director of the Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC) located in Concord. LARC is a nonprofit agency managing a toll-free call center that provides legal advice and referral for income-eligible callers on family, housing, public benefits, and consumer law matters. LARC is federally funded through the Legal Services Corporation, but also receives funding from the IRS, the Campaign for Legal Services, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. McNamara was actively involved in pro bono work while in private practice and served on the NH Pro Bono Governing Board for ten years. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Pierce Law Center where she recently collaborated with the Daniel Webster Scholar program to bring law students to LARC to acquire interview and practice skills while providing telephone advocacy services to low-income clients.
Martha Van Oot is a trial attorney with Orr & Reno, P.A., in Concord, practicing in the areas of complex commercial litigation, employment litigation, professional liability defense, general civil litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. She has extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts. Van Oot is an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School and Pierce Law Center, and former president of the NH Bar Association. She serves as mediator for the Superior Court Rule 170 Program Court Mediation Program, New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, and the Federal District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Van Oot has been cited in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, was included in America’s Leading Business Lawyers (2003-2006) Chambers USA, and is a past recipient of the NH Women’s Bar Association’s Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award. She also serves on the boards of the Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, New Hampshire Endowment for Health, and Merrimack County United Way.
The New Hampshire Bar Foundation ranks eighth in annual grant disbursements among New Hampshire’s 430 charitable foundations. In 2007, the Bar Foundation awarded more than $1.75 million in grants to two dozen nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal services for the disadvantaged or law-related educational programming.
For more information about the Bar Foundation, visit http://www.nhbarfoundation.org/ or call David G. Snyder, executive director, at (603)715-3253.