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Bar News - February 19, 2014

NH Bar Foundation: NH Bar Foundation Announces 2014 Justice Grant Recipients

The New Hampshire Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of 2014 Justice Grants. Supported by endowed funds, these modest grants are intended to strengthen the system of justice in New Hampshire by supporting justice system innovations, providing community education about the law, and improving access to the legal system.

This year, nine organizations received a total of $41,200 in Justice Grants, including a $20,000 grant from a donor-advised fund aimed specifically at helping New Hampshire inmates tell their stories. The Justice Grant recipients are as follows.

BRIDGES: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Services – $4,000
AmeriCorps Advocate
Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund Funding for one advocate who will help ensure clients can freely access the judicial system by providing assistance in negotiating the court system.

Coos County Family Health Services/RESPONSE Program – $750
“Filing a Protective Order” booklet
Vickie Bunnell Memorial Fund
Reprinted booklets will include updated court information and revised safety plans. Materials will be distributed to courts, police departments, and health and social service agencies.

NH Institute for Civic Education – $4,000
Summer Institute for Teachers of Civics
Advancement of Justice Fund
Funding for New Hampshire teachers to attend institute program.

NH Legal Assistance – $4,500
Legal Training to Law Enforcement
J. Albert and Mildred E. Lynch Fund
Funding for three half-day training sessions for law enforcement personnel to increase awareness and understanding of landlord and tenant laws.

NH Supreme Court Society – $4,000
Constitutionally Speaking
Advancement of Justice Fund; Arthur & Esther Nighswander Justice Fund; The McLane Fund
Support of the Constitutionally Speaking program, which informs citizens about the state and US constitutions, the American system of justice, and the role of the citizen.

Filmmakers Collaborative (Fiscal Agent/Telling My Story) – $20,000
Telling My Story
Charles W. Dean Trust Fund

Funding for completion of a one-hour film about Ivy League students and women prisoners working together to write and perform an original play about women in prison, providing first-hand exploration of class differences, poverty and social abandonment, addiction and incarceration, while modeling ways to combat these social ills.

NH Bar Association – $2,000
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
Advancement of Justice Fund and Richard P. Dunfey Fund; Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund; Frederic K. Upton Justice Fund
Assistance with expenses for two teams of New Hampshire students to participate in the National We the People National Finals in Washington, DC, this spring.

UNH Law/Warren B. Rudman Center – $1,500
Rudman Center Summer Fellowships
Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund
Support for Rudman Summer Fellows (formerly PIC Fellows), providing law students with a stipend to participate in summer internships with public service or public-interest law agencies.

Justice William A. Grimes Award – $450
The Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism
Supports an annual award given to a judicial member of the NH Bar at the NHBA Annual Meeting.

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