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Bar News - May 13, 2011

ABA Task Force for the Preservation of Justice; Dean Broderick Calls for Lawyer, Client Testimony


John T. Broderick, Jr.
On Thursday May 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the ABA Task Force for the Preservation of Justice will be holding a New England/New York hearing at UNH Law School in Concord to probe the real-world consequences that flow from the underfunding on state courts.

In February, the Task Force held its first public hearing in Atlanta. The law school is delighted to host the May hearing and virtually every New England chief will be testifying, including Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis. The chief judge of New York will also be joining us.

The Task Force is the signature project of Steve Zack, the current ABA president. Bill Robinson of Kentucky, who will take over as president this August and who will participate in the hearing, has pledged to vigorously support its important work during his term in office. In short, the preservation of justice is the dominant issue inside the ABA.

The Task Force is co-chaired by two outstanding and widely respected lawyers: Ted Olsen and David Boies. The members of the Task Force are also highly accomplished lawyers and judges. The purpose of the hearing is to develop a clearer picture of what the deep cuts in court funding mean to those who use and need the courts.

There will be many distinguished speakers testifying on May 26, including the presidents of both the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New Hampshire Association for Justice. Their voices will matter. But I also need your help to complete the picture. In that spirit, I ask all of you to help identify people and small businesses who have paid a real price because of the slow and steady decline in court services. Their voices will matter, too.

If you can help, please contact me at the law school. My number there is 603-513-5101. I would welcome you to join us at the hearing to underscore its importance. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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