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Bar News - October 19, 2012


SOLACE Members Helping Each Other

SOLACE, an acronym for Support of Lawyers, All Concern Encouraged, is a mutual help communication network whose virtual door is now open for business.

In the next week, all Bar members will receive an introductory email. Reminder messages, which will enable us to keep the list current, will be sent periodically. Members will have the choice to opt-out of the list if they choose not to participate.

SOLACE will provide assistance to Association members upon their request or requests by family members or friends who are close to the situation. This network enables members to reach out to their colleagues in a time of need such as a sudden serious illness or accident, a damaging house or office fire, or a natural disaster. SOLACE can help by alerting all NH Bar members and giving them the opportunity to provide support in a time of crisis.

SOLACE is an initiative brought to NH by NHBA President Larry Vogelman who is familiar with a network started by the Louisiana State Bar Association and the New Orleans Bar Association. The idea has spread, with Ohio, Rhode Island and Nebraska among other bar associations that have set up similar programs.

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 posted at www.nhbar.org. (Seach for SOLACE). 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.

Responders will either respond directly to the person in need or to an intermediary.

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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