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Bar News - December 14, 2007

Pro Bono Marathon Finds Attorneys for Needy Clients


Jaye Rancourt, chair of the New Lawyers Committee, takes part in Pro Bono Marathon

NH Supreme Court Justice James E. Duggan sits with Jonathan Eck of the New Lawyers Committee

The Legal Services Department of the NH Bar Association held the first of its year-end Pro Bono marathons on Nov. 29 at the NH Bar Center in Concord.  In a communal effort sponsored by Pro Bono, the NHBA Committee on Professionalism and the NHBA New Lawyers’ Committee, eight volunteer attorneys made calls to their colleagues and to attorneys on the Pro Bono referral list. 


During a Pro Bono marathon, all types of cases are considered for referral, from family law to wills and trusts to consumer issues.  Attorneys who join in the marathon are given a list of clients by county and “turned loose.”


This year Justice James E. Duggan of the NH Supreme Court came to observe the process.  He met with the volunteers to watch and learn how a marathon is conducted.  Said Duggan, “The efforts of the attorneys I observed were most impressive.  It would be great if more attorneys would become involved in the marathons.  Pro Bono could certainly use the help.”


Close to 40 cases were placed during the marathon, bringing relief to several clients on the Pro Bono waiting list.  Those who took part in the morning session (9 a.m.-12 noon) were: Kristin Clouser of Brennan, Caron, Lenehan & Iocopino, Robin Fisk of the Fisk Law Office, Jacalyn Colburn of the NH Public Defender Program, Barbara Keshen of the NH Civil Liberties Union and Jaye Rancourt (Brennan, Caron, Lenehan & Iacopino), chair of the New Lawyers’ Committee.  Lunch was furnished by the Legal Services Dept.


The afternoon shift (1-5 p.m.) consisted of Kenneth Barnes (Upton & Hatfield), chair of the Committee on Professionalism, Jonathan Eck of Devine, Millimet & Branch and J. Christopher Marshall of the NH Attorney General’s Office.


Pro Bono thanks the attorneys who took part and hopes that anyone who can take part in future marathons will e-mail Carolann Wooding, Pro Bono Coordinator, at or call her at 603/224-6942.


If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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