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Bar News - September 14, 2012

Celebrating, Supporting Pro Bono: October 2012 is Pro Bono Month!

Last year, more than 5,200 members of families were helped through Pro Bono, by the volunteer efforts of more than 1,000 attorneys and their support staff, plus the NHBA Pro Bono staff.

In recognition of the tremendous service Bar members provide by volunteering to represent disadvantaged and vulnerable citizens through the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program, the Bar Association is coordinating a month-long celebration of Pro Bono in NH.

Soon you will be hearing more about…

Pro Bono Recognition event 
"Bruce was a rare individual who could inspire you to run out and search any way possible to help others and make a difference."
- Cheryl Landry, ‘98 Pierce Law

Bruce Friedman award – For the first time, NHBA Pro Bono is collaborating with the UNH School of Law Social Justice Institute to present an award to honor the accomplishments of a Pierce Law/UNH School of Law alumni member who exemplifies the commitment to public service of Friedman, the late founder of the civil practice clinic and a legend in the world of civil legal services in NH. The award will be presented October 16 at 3 pm at UNH School of Law.

– to be held at UNH School of Law in late October, this event will provide a spotlight on the tremendous impact that NH attorneys volunteering their time has had in helping NH citizens with important civil legal needs such as child support, protection from domestic violence, housing issues, bankruptcy and collections issues, and even advocacy on tax problems. 

Governor’s proclamation. Gov. Lynch has signed a proclamation in honor of Pro Bono, which notes, in part: "By offering this volunteer assistance the NH Pro Bono Program, its volunteer attorneys and many individual lawyers and law firms throughout the State substantially enhance the rule of law by providing legal assistance to help resolve fundamental civil legal issues, thereby strengthening our communities and democratic way of life…" Our Pro Bono month is an extension of the national observance of Pro Bono Week by the ABA.

Members will also see the "High Five for Pro Bono" logo on Bar Association materials – reminding all to celebrate and support our Pro Bono program. (Also, the NHBA will be donating $5 directly to Pro Bono from each tuition fee for CLE programs held in October.)

This just in... Pamela Dodge, long-time coordinator of the Pro Bono Domestic Violence Emergency Project (DOVE) has been inducted into the Coalition Hall of Fame by the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The recognition will take place at the Coalition’s Hall of Fame luncheon on Oct. 29, 2012 -- a fitting close to NH’s first Pro Bono Month! Learn more.

Upcoming Pro Bono Programs
Pro Bono Divorce Camp
Introduction to U Visa Petitions for Victims of Violent Crimes

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