Bar News - December 16, 2011
LawLine Sets Volunteer Record: Special Thanks to Grafton County Bar Association
LawLine, a public service of the NH Bar Association during which the Bar forwards phone calls from the public to volunteer members for brief legal advice, was hosted this year by a record 20 volunteers. Organized and supported by the Grafton County Bar Association, in cooperation with Stebbins Bradley in Hanover, the initiative was a rousing success.
“This is by far the most volunteers that we’ve had host LawLine,” said LawLine Coordinator Sheila Vermacy. “It’s such a great model for local and county bar associations who are looking for a way to get involved in their communities.”
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The two-hour event helped more than 72 members of the public with free legal advice. The event was the solution to a problem faced by the Grafton County Bar Association.
“We wanted to find a way to encourage cooperation and colleagiality among our members,” said Grafton County Bar Association President Ora Schwartzberg. “This is a much better option than having a dinner or party. With LawLine, you’re united by the commonality of purpose. I got to talk to many people I’d never met before.”
“There was a great feeling of team work and the energy level was extremely high,” said Rose Nyman, Office Manager and Legal Administrator at Stebbins Bradley in Hanover. “Folks got to know each other better and all shared a common goal: helping the citizens who called in.”
LawLine is held the second Wednesday of each month. During the event, the Bar Association arranges a call-forwarding service to forward calls from members of the public to up to 20 different locations.
That means that multiple volunteers can take calls from the comfort of their offices without having to all be in a central location. As an additional perk to volunteers, the Bar Association will cover the cost of food for the volunteers.