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Bar News - June 17, 2011

NH Bar Foundation: Broderick, Haines Win Bar Foundation Awards

Kenison Award winner Dean John T. Broderick, Jr., NH Bar Foundation Chair Jack Middleton, and Kirby Award winner Holly Haines at the Bar Foundation Dinner held in Concord on May 5.
John T. Broderick, Jr., Dean of the UNH School of Law and Holly Haines, an attorney at Abramson, Brown & Dugan were the recipients of the 2011 Bar Foundation Awards, presented on May 5 at the Annual Dinner.

Haines received the Kirby Award, presented annually to an attorney under the age of 35. She thanked her co-workers and professional colleagues, as well as fellow members of the NH Women’s Bar Association – of which she is president – for their support. Haines is currently a member of both the NH Bar News and NH Bar Journal editorial boards.

Dean Broderick received the Kenison Award and used his time to impress upon the crowd the importance of advocating for adequate judicial funding and for legal services to the poor.

Leadership Banks Recognized

Representatives of several of the Leadership Banks that provide valuable support for IOLTA attended the dinner and were recognized by the NH Bar Foundation Chair Jack Middleton. (See accompanying article on the importance of using Leadership Banks for your IOLTA accounts.)

Leadership Academy Unveils Service Projects

The inaugural class of the NHBA Leadership Academy, working in teams, designed and implement three service projects. With humor and creativity, they showcased their projects at the dinner:

 Enhance Law Day Outreach

Reaching out to school superintendents and principals, Leadership Academy members sought to expand participation of schools in the Law Day school visits program, particularly schools remote from the densely populated areas of the state. The team also developed new lesson plans for use in future "Lawyer in Every School" programs.

Battle of the Lawyers

To raise funds for the Campaign for Legal Services, which provides funding for the NH Pro Bono Referral Program, the Legal Advice and Referral Center, and NH Legal Assistance, this team created a Battle of the Lawyers event, which showcased the art of the closing argument as practiced by well-known NH lawyers, in a breezy American Idol-esque format. See page 3 for more on the event.

Public Information Podcasts

To address questions and the uncertainties of the general public about the process of hiring and working with an attorney, one of the Leadership Academy groups created two public information podcasts easily accessed on the Bar’s website. These short, professionally recorded podcasts provide a solid introduction and practical suggestions to clients about how to select and work with attorneys.

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