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Bar News - November 23, 2007

Lawyers Doing Good: They’ve Got Game




When Boston Red Sox fans learned in October that their team would be headed to the World Series, many were left wishing they had bought season tickets this year. One group of attorneys, who did just that, decided they would part with four of their coveted box seats for the chance to do some good for a local non-profit group.


Attorneys at Portsmouth law firm, Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy & Lown, decided to auction off four box seats for game two of the World Series. Proceeds of the auction, they decided, would go to The Birchtree Center.


“We have season tickets, and some of us went to game one. But this just felt like the right thing to do,” said attorney Tim Coughlin. “We’ve auctioned regular season tickets in the past. We felt it was a good thing for a local group that could use some funding.”


The Birchtree Center is a Portsmouth-based organization composed of special educators, therapists, and behavior analysts that works with autistic students to help them develop their communication skills, along with social, academic and life skills. Employees from the center, always glad to accept new funding sources for their many programs, were thrilled at the idea that the firm was acting on their behalf.


“The center has a lot of goals,” said Jessica Files Squier, director of development and community relations for The Birchtree Center. “The number of kids diagnosed with autism is rising, and we need to expand our facilities and services. We’re really very grateful for the ongoing support of Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy & Lown.”                            

Attorneys at the firm are glad to be of service and say that they established the auction as part of a series of community services that coincide with their motto of “Lawyers Doing Good.”


Other efforts include donations to Portsmouth’s Strawberry Banke, a valued historic site in the state; fundraisers for local events; as well as sponsoring a local family’s Christmas holiday as part of a Families First program. Families First is a Seacoast community health center which offers primary health care for people of all ages, parenting and family programs, prenatal care, dental care and mobile health care for the homeless.


The firm’s love of baseball meant little when compared with the needs of The Birchtree Center.


“I think we all felt very happy that we did this. We’re all huge Red Sox fans and would’ve loved to go to the game,” said Coughlin, “but it’s certainly worth it to know the money will be going to help a good organization.”


The auction ended Wednesday, October 24, when an anonymous bidder from Illinois bid $5,100. All money raised will go to support programs at the Center.


If you know of any NH Bar member that you would like to see spotlighted in future Giving Back articles, please contact Bar News associate editor, Craig Sander, at





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