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Bar News - August 17, 2012


Introducing SOLACE: Members Helping Members

SOLACE, an acronym for Support of Lawyers, All Concern Encourage, is a member-driven initiative being developed to mobilize members of the NH Bar Association to help their colleagues in times of need.

How SOLACE Can Help

The following are actual examples from the SOLACE program operating in Louisiana.

"Last week during one of the bad storms that came through Baton Rouge, an attorney’s house was struck by lightning and burned down. The family lost everything. They needed clothing, along with any other day-to-day items...

SOLACE member has a one-way Southwest Airlines ticket that expires next Friday, July 13, 2012. If anyone in the legal community needs the ticket for medical treatment to Houston or elsewhere...

Husband of a SOLACE member had heart surgery and he needed 11 pints of blood. East Jefferson Hospital in Metairie is asking the family to get donations of blood...

"A SOLACE member’s secretary/paralegal of 25 years has had a tragedy on Thanksgiving Day. Her 15 year old son fell from a deer stand and broke his neck. He is paralyzed...They will have need of accommodations in Jackson for the long rehabilitation process...

 
We expect the official launch to occur with an Association-wide email and articles in the Bar News in early fall.

The intent is to provide Bar members with the means to assist each other with problems of a non-economic nature. Together, we can build a stronger legal community by helping each other in times of need.

Perhaps you or one of your family members need assistance with transportation to a medical appointment, recommendations for medical professionals or treatment, frequent flier miles to get to an out-of-state medical appointment or even an organ transplant.

Sudden serious illness or a tragedy, such as the death of a loved one or a natural disaster, can also leave you in a state of desperate need. SOLACE can help by alerting all NH Bar members and giving them the opportunity to support you in your time of crisis.

Similar programs, pioneered by the Louisiana State Bar Association, also have been established in Ohio and Rhode Island.

The way the program works is simple, but the effects can be significant. Whenever you or someone you know in the legal community learns of a tragic situation, the person can fill out a form that will be posted on the Bar Association website. That request will be received by Larry Vogelman, NHBA President and the initial moderator of the SOLACE project. He will review the appropriateness of the request. If a message is to be sent to the SOLACE list, it will be sent from the Bar Association to all members of the list.

SOLACE will not solicit cash or financial support. If you have questions about the program, please send them to ddestefano@nhbar.org.

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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