Bar News - February 13, 2009
Good News - Justice Grant Awards
By: Susan Noon
Since most of the news is about financial loss lately, the New Hampshire Bar Foundation Board of Directors is particularly pleased to announce that they recently approved $25,375 in Justice Grants. In fact, since 1996, $360,000 from the NH Bar Foundationís endowment has been awarded to nonprofit organizations to improve access to justice in New Hampshire. The eleven endowed funds, established by the NH Bar Foundation, currently exceed $1 million in donations and bequests.
The six nonprofit programs that received Justice Grants this year will assist diverse population groups, including individuals with disabilities and their families, immigrant and refugee youth, domestic violence victims, tenants and owners of manufactured housing parks, and low-income consumers facing bankruptcy. They are:
∑ The Institute on Disability/UNH for the New Hampshire Leadership Series received $3,500 for an intensive seven-month program in which 35 persons with disabilities and family members will receive training to effect change in their personal lives and in their communities.
∑ The NH Catholic Charities Immigration Law Clinic received $2,500 for Immigration Law & Citizenship Seminars in support of a series of high school seminars to teach young immigrant, refugee, and asylee students the basics of immigration law and advise them of actions that could bar them from permanent residency or citizenship.
∑ The NH Legal Assistance received $9,700 to support three Educational Seminars in different regions for owners and tenants of the 430 manufactured housing parks in New Hampshire. The seminars will assist with legal matters by providing both parties a greater understanding of the two NH Statutes that govern mobile home parks.
∑ The NH Pro Bono Referral Program received $4,675 in support of Bankruptcy Law Trainings for attorneys willing to provide pro bono legal services to low-income clients.
∑ The Pierce Law Center Public Interest Coalition received $3,000 in support of a fellowship for a third-year law student to serve as an unpaid summer intern at a New Hampshire nonprofit law agency providing civil legal assistance to low-income people.
∑ The Voices Against Violence Crisis Center (Plymouth) received $2,000 to support the Court Advocacy Project that assists low-income victims of domestic violence.
The New Hampshire Bar Foundationís Justice Funds also include: the Advancement of Justice Fund and Richard P. Dunfey Fund; the William A. Baker Fund; the Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund; the Stanley M. and Thalia M. Brown Fund; the Vickie Bunnell Memorial Fund; the Consumer Protection Law Reform Fund; the Judge Richard F. Cooper Fund; the Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism; the J. Albert and Mildred E. Lynch Fund; the A. J. McDonough Family Fund; and the Voluntary Prevention Fund.
For more information about the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, please visit us online: www.nhbarfoundation.org.