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Bar News - March 13, 2009

Pro Bono Awards Given on Professionalism Day

Following is a list of the recipients of Pro Bono Program awards presented at this year’s Professionalism Day events, held in 11 locations throughout the state on February 20.

Catherine Broderick
Belknap County

Catherine Broderick joined the NH Bar in 2006, became a member of the Pro Bono Panel soon after and has been an advocate for the poor and disadvantaged ever since. She has advocated on behalf of clients with consumer issues, property tax issues and family law. She has demonstrated such compassion and caring that she located a free laptop for an elderly Pro Bono client and arranged for discounted Internet service.

Susan Hunt Lee
Carroll County

Susan Lee, for more than 15 years, has utilized her profession to the benefit of her community as a Pro Bono attorney. Whether she’s representing a victim of domestic violence in obtaining a protective order, helping a client navigate complicated divorce issues, or negotiating with a landlord to keep a family from eviction, she responds to calls for help from Pro Bono Program staff with compassion and professionalism.

Kelly Dowd
Cheshire County

Since January 2006, when he walked into the Pro Bono office at the New Hampshire Bar Center looking for volunteer opportunities, Kelly embraced the many challenges offered. Whether assuming the role of counselor, advocate, trainer or mentor, he answers the call, helping Pro Bono clients and encouraging other Bar members to do the same.

James Mulligan
Grafton County

For more than five years James has provided representation to Pro Bono clients in domestic relations cases and in particular through the DOVE Project, where he has represented victims of domestic violence in final restraining order hearings. He has also assisted in the recruitment and training of DOVE volunteer attorneys and has mentored new lawyers who share his passion to protect the DOVE Project’s most vulnerable constituents.

Wiggin & Nourie
Hillsborough North

The law firm of Wiggin & Nourie has long been a leader in the Pro Bono cause. Since 2000, the firm has added 245 cases to the hundreds upon hundreds of Pro Bono matters handled by the firm since the Program’s inception 30 years ago. Last year alone, more than 30 low-income clients benefited from referrals to the firm. In just four of the cases closed by firm attorneys in 2008, the logged case time totaled nearly 770 hours.

Elizabeth Garon
Pro Bono Rising Star Award

First admiited to the Massachusetts Bar in 2004, Betty Garon joined the NHBA two years later. Since then, she has demonstrated her passion and commitment for pro bono service to those in need by diving right in. Pro Bono’s Divorce Camp series. Amazingly, she has managed her schedule to assist a dozen Pro Bono clients in the past year alone.

Steven Bolton
Hillsborough South

Steven Bolton, since he started volunteering, has made a difference for more than 40 clients and their children through the DOVE Project and the Pro Bono Program. Disadvantaged and low-income community members could not ask for a more empathetic or dedicated advocate. In addition to his personal advocacy for his clients, he also is active in recruiting colleagues to participate in the DOVE Project.

Joanne Stella
Rockingham County

For over a decade, Joanne Stella has steadfastly accepted Pro Bono cases, investing scores of volunteer hours of service to low-income clients on the Seacoast. Whether helping families work through their divorce and parenting cases or responding to emergency calls from crisis center advocates to help domestic abuse victims, she has compassionately advocated for her clients’ legal interest.

Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin
Strafford County

For years, the firm of Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, has been an integral resource in Strafford County for low-income individuals needing high-quality advice and representation. Whatever the need, the Pro Bono Program is assured a timely response, with professional consideration of each request. The Pro Bono Program and its clients are fortunate to have the support of this generous firm.

Barbara Parker
Sullivan County

Since 2000, Barbara Parker has taken 17 family law cases. Working in an area of the state where the demand for legal assistance is great and resources limited, Barbara’s willingness to take four new family law cases last year alone truly made a difference for the client involved and their children. The staff of the Pro Bono Program greatly appreciated Barbara’s generous giving of her time.

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