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Bar News - August 14, 2009

Bar Foundation News: Bar Foundation Executive Director Moves to California

David G. Snyder
During the first week of September, the NH Bar Foundation Executive Director David Snyder will be heading out on a road trip that ends with a move to the San Francisco area. Having served as the Foundation’s director for the past six years, Snyder in July informed the Foundation board that he and his wife Judy have decided to move to the Bay area to be closer to her mother and family. After returning from a visit to the area the first week of July, Snyder said, "We moved Judy’s mother into an assisted living facility on a 90-day trial basis and need to be back in the area before that time is up to be able to evaluate the situation and make some decisions."

Snyder came to the Bar Foundation as executive director in June 2003, having previously served as director of philanthropy for the Concord Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and before that as grants officer for the NH State Council on the Arts. An active member of the Concord community, after years of involvement with the schools’ parent-teacher organizations, David served as a member of the Concord School Board from 2002 to 2004. He has continued to assist as a member of the Elementary School Task Force in Concord as they evaluate and plan for future facility improvements.

While at the Bar Foundation, Snyder has worked to grow and strengthen the relationships with New Hampshire’s banking community in support of the IOLTA program. The partnership between the legal and banking communities has resulted in establishing higher-than-standard rates for IOLTA accounts at Leadership Banks throughout the state. In addition, the partnership, coupled with the voluntary participation by 90 percent of eligible attorneys practicing in New Hampshire, has enabled the Bar Foundation’s IOLTA program to grow in national recognition.

Over the past six years New Hampshire’s IOLTA program has generated over $10 million dollars that has been dedicated to funding legal service programs and educational projects throughout the state. In 2006, with 19 Leadership Banks paying two percent or above on IOLTA accounts, the income grew to just under $2 million. Even with the recent sagging economy, the IOLTA income for the fiscal year that closed at the end of May was just under $1.4 million. The result is due in large part to the 17 Leadership Banks who still provide interest rates of two percent or above.

Over the years, Snyder has facilitated and presented on the topic of "Banking Relationships" at the National Association of IOLTA Programs conferences and has served as a strong voice for negotiating with banks individually.

In addition, during his tenure, Snyder has worked to elevate the profile of the Bar Foundation and establish governing policies to direct the daily operations. The Foundation’s annual dinner grew in its significance as the Foundation continued to recognize individuals serving the justice community through the Frank Rowe Kenison and Robert E. Kirby Awards; it also furnished an opportunity to highlight the work being accomplished by so many in the legal services community and within the Bar in providing assistance to those most in need.

When asked about Snyder’s service, Judge Philip S. Hollman, chair of the Bar Foundation board, said, "David’s work for the New Hampshire Bar Foundation has not only been enormously productive, it has also been invaluable by any measure. As the Foundation’s executive director for the last six years, David Snyder has been a rare find, not only because of his boundless energy and enviable organizational skills but also because of his well-honed administrative talents and engaging style. While the Bar Foundation, its officers and directors will very much miss David, we wish him well and the very best in his up-coming relocation and all his future endeavors."

Said James J. Tenn, Jr., president of the NH Bar Association, "David Snyder will be missed. David provided strong leadership for the NH Bar Foundation and conducted his efforts with energy, enthusiasm and effectiveness. We wish David much success in his new endeavors in the San Francisco area."

Established in 1977, the NH Bar Foundation is a non-profit charitable foundation providing grants in support of civil legal services and law-related education.

Editor’s note: The Foundation Board of Directors is currently planning for David Snyder’s succession.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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