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Bar News - March 7, 2008

John E. Tobin, Jr. Receives Exemplary Public Service Award From Cornell University Law School

John E. Tobin, Jr.

On Feb.7, 2008, John E. Tobin, Jr. was one of seven people to receive the 2008 Exemplary Public Service Award from Cornell University Law School.  The award is presented to extraordinary Cornell University Law School alumni in recognition of their commitment to the highest standards of public service. 

Mr. Tobin was honored by Cornell University Law School as someone who has dedicated his career to providing civil representation to low-income clients and the “working poor” – the people just beyond the safety net and income eligibility guidelines of traditional legal aid programs.   He is currently the executive director of New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA

Founded in 1971, NHLA is a statewide private nonprofit organization that has been advocating for low-income and elderly people for more than three decades in a variety of urgent legal matters related to basic human needs.  NHLA’s mission is to protect and assist the vulnerable poor and elderly people. It also reaches out to the community to advise people of their rights and obligations under the law and collaborates with many provider organizations and government entities to try to achieve justice for its clients.

Tobin joined NHLA in 1975 and held a number of positions prior to becoming executive director in 1996.


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