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Bar News - February 19, 2010


Bar Foundation News: NHBF 2010 Justice Grants

The New Hampshire Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they recently approved $35,833 in Justice Grants. Justice Grants are made possible through the Bar Foundationís endowed funds. Since 1996, over $395,000 from the NH Bar Foundationís endowment has been awarded to nonprofit organizations to improve access to justice in New Hampshire. Grants for 2010 were awarded to the following five nonprofit organizations:

Pierce Law Center/Social Justice
Institute/Public Interest Coalition (PIC) ($8,000)

The Public Interest Coalition raises funds to provide stipends to law students serving as summer interns at NH nonprofit law agencies providing civil legal assistance to low-income people. This grant will fund two PIC Fellowships.

Institute on Disability/UNH ($5,000)

The IOD develops improved knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. This grant provides partial funding for IODís NH Leadership Series - an intensive seven-month program that provides leadership and advocacy training for individuals with disabilities, their family members and those who serve them in communities throughout New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Catholic Charities ($10,000)

NHCCís Immigration Legal Services provides pro bono or reduced-cost legal services to immigrants, refugees, and asylees living in NH. Many minors who are refugees and immigrants have a poor understanding of immigration law, including actions that may bar them from permanent residency or citizenship, or that could threaten deportation. This grant provides funds to expand the successful program of Immigration Law and Citizenship Seminars aimed at educating underserved high school students. Classroom workshops focus on the basics of immigration law and typical adolescent challenges with heightened consideration of the ramifications for studentsí ability to ultimately become US citizens.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance ($5,000)

The NH Health Law Collaborative (NHHLC) partners NHLA with four community health centers around the state. One of the unique aspects of the partnership is its ability to practice "preventative law," which enables clients to gain knowledge of their legal rights through trusted healthcare providers before they have legal conflicts. This grant will enable NHHLC to offer legal training sessions on local welfare benefits to North Country medical partners and a community education program to patient families of Child Health Services in Manchester.

New Hampshire Pro Bono Referral Program ($7,438)

Pro Bonoís Home Rescue Team was established in response to the urgent need to help families and individuals save their homes from foreclosure during the continuing economic crisis. This project, which focuses on loan modifications and work-outs, requires additional funding to stabilize and maintain services. Grant funds will be used to cover staffing costs to coordinate client intake, case research and preparation, and attorney referral/support of foreclosure cases.

In addition, funds were approved for the Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism ($395) - an annual award to a judicial member of the NH Bar.

The New Hampshire Bar Foundationís Justice Funds include: Advancement of Justice Fund and Richard P. Dunfey Fund, William A. Baker Fund, Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund, Stanley M. and Thalia M. Brown Fund, Vickie Bunnell Memorial Fund, Charles W. Dean Trust Fund, Consumer Protection Law Reform Fund, Judge Richard F. Cooper Fund, Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism, J. Albert and Mildred E. Lynch Fund, 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.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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