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Bar News - July 13, 2012

Bar Foundation News: Honoring the Law: Create a Justice Fund

The Law:
It has honored us;
May we honor it.
- Daniel Webster

The NH Bar Foundation promotes philanthropy dedicated to ensuring that all people in New Hampshire, especially those of limited means, are able to understand and participate fully in the justice system.

The Bar Foundation serves as the unique charitable institution for members of the New Hampshire Bar Association and other who wish to make financial gifts in the spirit of "honoring the law."

The Justice Funds Initiative provides the opportunity for law firms to participate in this endeavor by creating a Justice Fund in the firmís name. These funds can serve as a source of income for an undesignated purpose that helps the Bar Foundation fulfill its mission, or a firm can choose to direct the fundís proceeds to a concept or entity that reflects the firmís values.

The NH Bar Foundation has partnered with the NH Charitable Foundation to provide a simple, secure way to honor your legacy.

For more information about the Justice Funds Initiative, please contact John R. Maher, NH Bar Foundation Development Director at 603-498-6399. Or contact Jack B. Middleton, Chair, NH Bar Foundation, at 603- 628-1446.

New Funds Created

In the past year, the Bar Foundation has celebrated the creation of the McLane Fund, made possible by a $40,000 gift of the partners of the McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton law firm. Joseph Foster, who chairs McLaneís management committee, said that establishing the McLane Fund serves two purposes. "Creating a Justice Fund supports the work of the Bar Foundation and it is a tangible expression of the values our firm embraces."

Also last year, a $30,000 bequest from past NH Bar President Arthur Nighswander resulted in the creation of the Arthur and Esther Nighswander Justice Fund to support activities and projects that deepen understanding of the role of government and educate citizens on how to protect their civil liberties under the Constitution. The fund has already been used to provide funding to launch the Civics in Action project, a joint outreach initiative of the NH Bar Foundation and NH Bar Association.

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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