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Bar News - January 13, 2012

Your NH Bar Leverages Your Public Service

Managing Volunteer Opportunities that are Effective and Satisfying

More than 18,000 hours of legal services were contributed by Bar members last year through the Pro Bono Referral Program. The Pro Bono Referral Program, in conjunction with Bar leaders, the Judicial Branch, executive and legislative branch, social services agencies and community funders, to assess legal services needs and the changing legal and administrative environment. This enables the Pro Bono program to innovate in new methods of legal services delivery and to identify new opportunities for volunteer service.

Offering Training, Mentoring and Other support for Pro Bono Service

The staff of the Pro Bono program strive to not just place cases with volunteer attorneys, but to make sure that the cases are geared to the lawyers’ ability and experience, that support services and mentoring are available, and that the attorneys have the necessary information to work on the case. Ginny Martin, Associate Executive Director for Legal Services, oversees Pro Bono. Contact her at 603-715-3221 or

Materials, Coordination for Public Information and Education Activities

Volunteering through the Bar Association also includes service on Law Related Education programs such as We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, We the People: Project Citizen, and A Lawyer and Judge in Every School. These established, well-regarded programs provide Bar members with structured opportunities and resources to share their knowledge of law and government with students throughout New Hampshire. This year, in conjunction with the NH Bar Foundation, the "Civics in Action" program aimed at adults was launched.

Robin E. Knippers coordinates the Bar’s Law Related Education programming. Reach her at 603-715-3259 or at

At, visit For Members and click on "Public Service Opportunities" to find out how you can volunteer through the Bar Association.

Please turn to page 29 for a list of attorneys who have taken cases through the Pro Bono Referral Program.

There are many different ways to volunteer your legal services – even if you are not in private practice. Contact Ginny Martin, Associate Executive Director for Legal Services to find out more.

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