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Bar News - August 15, 2008

Bar Foundation News: Ruth Ansell Elected to IOLTA Grants Committee

Ruth Ansell

The New Hampshire Bar Foundation announces the election of Ruth Tolf Ansell to the IOLTA Grants Committee. Her five-year term runs from fiscal years 2009-2013. She joins Hon. James J. Leary and attorneys Leslie Nixon, Jamie Hage and Michael Fuerst on the five-member IOLTA Grants Committee.

"We are fortunate that four attorneys were nominated and willing to serve in this important capacity," said David Snyder, executive director of the NH Bar Foundation. "The Foundation board would like to thank Don Hebert, Daniel Schwarz, Mark McCue and Ruth Ansell for their willingness to serve and all the IOLTA participants who cast a ballot in the election." Committee members may serve a maximum of two five-year terms on the IOLTA Grants Committee.

"Although I have been a supporter and participant of the IOLTA program for many years, I became more committed to this program during the years when I served on the board of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation (2001-2007). As treasurer of the Bar Foundation, I became acutely aware of the importance of IOLTA funding for the New Hampshire non-profit organizations that provide civil legal services to the disadvantaged, law-related education and similar projects that promote the law in New Hampshire. I learned that IOLTA funds support desperately needed programs which generally cannot secure sufficient funding from other resources," said Ansell

Attorney Ansell has practiced estate planning, estate and trust administration, probate, and related tax planning in New Hampshire since 1981. She graduated from Fordham Law School (JD 1981) and received her Masters Degree in Taxation from Boston University School of Law (LLM Tax 1988). She is a member of the New Hampshire and American Bar Associations and the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council and practices in Bedford at the law firm of Ansell & Anderson, P.A

Since 1977, the New Hampshire Bar Foundation has provided more than $22 million in IOLTA and Justice grants in support of civil legal assistance for the disadvantaged and law-related education. Every year, tens of thousands of residents have access to legal services and educational programs through the nonprofit organizations that receive grants from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. More information is available online:

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