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Bar News - March 13, 2009

Recognition and Appreciation at the Fellows & Donors Reception


NH Bar Foundation Executive Director, David Snyder (l), poses with grantees in attendance, including (l-r) Joceline Champagne and Ginny Martin (NH Pro Bono Referral Program); Frank Scambati and Beth Dixon (Institute on Disability/UNH); Cheryl Driscoll and John Tobin (NH Legal Assistance); Jim O’Shaughnessy and Megan De Vorsey (Pierce Law Center, Social Justice Institute); Francis Agyare and Paul McAvoy (NH Catholic Charities, Immigrant & Refugee Services).

David Snyder shakes hands with directors Frank Scambati and Beth Dixon from the Institute on Disability, NH Leadership Program.

On Thursday, February 5, 2009, attorneys, judges, grantees, friends and family gathered at the Bedford Village Inn for the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s 2009 Fellows & Donors Reception. The reception was sponsored by RiverStone Resources, LLC; Cronin & Bisson, PC; Hess Gehris Solutions; and Carol D. Brooks, State Title Counsel for CATIC.

Judge Philip S. Hollman, chair of the NH Bar Foundation, addressed a crowd of more than 125 to announce the 2009 Honorary Fellows, Claudia C. Damon and J. Albert Lynch. Judge James H. Leary introduced Claudia Damon, and David Pinsonneault, a colleague and long-time friend of Lynch, reflected on Lynch’s career.

A podcast of the event can be heard, or downloaded, from the NH Bar Foundation’s website.

Judge Hollman and David Snyder, executive director, thanked all those who donate to the NH Bar Foundation, with special recognition of the generosity of the Justice Society. There was a round of applause for the 2009 Justice Grantees, the IOLTA Leadership Banks, and the Sponsors.

The 2009 Justice Grant awards were presented to six organizations:

Institute on Disability/UNH – New Hampshire Leadership Series: Grant Award: $3,500

In support of an intensive seven-month program in which 35 persons with disabilities and family members receive training to effect change in their personal lives and in their communities.

NH Catholic Charities – Immigration Law & Citizenship Seminars: Grant Award: $2,500

In support of a series of seminars to teach young immigrant, refugee, and asylee high school students the basics of immigration law and advise them of actions that could bar them from permanent residency or citizenship.

NH Legal Assistance – Educational Seminars for Owners and Tenants: Grant Award: $9,700

In support of three seminars to help owners and tenants of the more than 430 manufactured housing parks in NH address legal issues with a better understanding of the two NH statutes that govern mobile home parks.

NH Pro Bono Referral Program - Bankruptcy Law Training for Pro Bono Attorneys: Grant Award: $4,675

In support of a bankruptcy law training program for volunteer attorneys willing to provide pro bono legal services to low-income clients.

Pierce Law Center – Public Interest Coalition Fellowship: Grant Award: $3,000

In support of a law student’s unpaid summer internship at a NH nonprofit law agency providing civil legal assistance to low-income people.

Voices Against Violence - Court Advocacy Project: Grant Award: $2,000

In support of a legal services advocate to assist low-income victims of domestic violence file temporary restraining orders, prepare for final hearings, and access other legal resources.

Justice Grants are made from endowed funds established by individual donors at the NH Bar Foundation, including the Advancement of Justice Fund, Richard P. Dunfey Fund, William A. Baker Fund, Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund, Stanley M. and Thalia M. Brown Fund, Vickie Bunnell Memorial Fund, Consumer Protection Law Reform Fund, Judge Richard F. Cooper Fund, J. Albert and Mildred E. Lynch Fund, A. J. McDonough Family Fund, Voluntary Prevention Fund, and the Justice William A. Grimes Fund for Judicial Professionalism.

The New Hampshire Bar Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation established in 1977, promotes philanthropy dedicated to ensuring that all people in New Hampshire, especially those with limited means, are able to understand and obtain meaningful access to the justice system.

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