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Bar News - December 19, 2008


Chapter 5: The Future of Pro Bono in New Hampshire

The Pro Bono Program has received national recognition for its efforts--from the ABA’s Brown Award mentioned earlier to Director Ginny Martin’s recognition as 2008 Tanya Neiman Pro Bono Professional of the Year. 

The value of Pro Bono here in New Hampshire to attorneys, low-income clients, the courts, legal services and our communities can be summed up in the story of a young mother and her children facing an unlawful eviction. The Pro Bono staff person – who developed and referred this case (initially screened by LARC) in a last-ditch, day-before-the-hearing request – received a note from the attorney accepting the case with a copy of a Christmas card he received from the client

"One of the rewards of doing work pro bono is that usually the client appreciates the work in a way that a paying client doesn’t," noted the attorney. "I want to pass on the thoughts on this Christmas card that I received from [my Pro Bono client]. The scribbles on the left (of the card) are from her very young children." 

Thank you for everything you have done for my family. You could never understand what it means to me for someone (like you) to do so much without even knowing me.

Sincerely,

[Ms. L] and Family 

"I want to share this with everyone else who makes it possible for someone without money to get justice," the attorney added.

Please see page 13 for ideas of what you can do to help the cause and keep Pro Bono around and relevant as we venture further into the 21st century.

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