Bar News - November 13, 2009
Campaign for Legal Services Holds Annual Stomp Out Injustice Event
By: Cheryl S. Driscoll
Attorneys and non-attorneys alike came to Red River Theatres on Oct. 21 to attend the Second Annual Stomp Out Injustice event hosted by the Campaign for Legal Services. The event, sold-out, included a reception, the premiere of a new legal services video and a special showing of the movie To Kill a Mockingbird.
NHLA Director John Tobin chats with LARC board member Campbell Harvey at the Red River Theatres before the showing of the new legal services video.
The video, which shows how legal aid makes a difference in the lives of New Hampshire’s poor and elderly, was a joint project of the New Hampshire Access to Justice Commission and the Campaign for Legal Services. "The video is very compelling and demonstrates what invaluable services legal aid programs provide to our state’s most vulnerable citizens," said Campaign Co-Chair Peter Brown of Brown, Olson and Gould in Concord.
Campaign Co-Chair Beth Leonard of Wiggin and Nourie (Manchester) noted, "I am pleased that the event drew a big crowd so that we could share the video with such a wide audience. We are also grateful to the sponsors for helping make the event such a big success."
Both Brown and Leonard said they hoped the video would help develop a broader group of supporters. Both commented on the current economic downturn, saying, "Our state’s legal aid organizations have suffered significant cuts in their budgets which have resulted in their having to reduce services. These cuts come at a time when people need their help the most."
The video is now available on You-Tube under the title, Equal Justice - NH Legal Aid Programs.
The Campaign for Legal Services supports the Legal Advice and Referral Center, the New Hampshire Pro Bono Referral Program and New Hampshire Legal Assistance. If you would like more information about the Campaign or how to make a donation, go to www.nh-cls.org.
Cheryl S. Driscoll is the development director for New Hampshire Legal Assistance in Concord. She has been a member of the NH Bar since 1993.