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Bar News - June 18, 2014

NH Bar Foundation News: Longtime Coordinator Mary White Retires

Mary White
Mary White, the longtime operations coordinator for the Bar Foundation, retired last month after 28 years at the Bar Center.

White joined the Bar Association in 1986 and became involved in administering the expanding Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts program, which was one of the first to operate in the US. For many years, she was the sole full-time employee of the Bar Foundation, assisting attorneys in setting up IOLTA accounts, explaining the program and maintaining regular communication with banks. On the grants side, White circulated grant applications, and assisted the Board and the IOLTA Grants Committee, who are elected by IOLTA-eligible attorneys, in their work to allocate IOLTA revenue annually.

“Mary has been the quiet and steady force behind the scenes. (She probably won’t even like being lauded in this article!) Mary has been the “unsung hero” of all the good the Bar Foundation does – for those in need of legal service, for the courts, for those who benefit from information about the justice system, and for lawyers and others who support these and other causes,” said Jeannine McCoy, executive director of the NH Bar Association.

The Foundation’s programs and activities, have waxed and waned with IOLTA revenue levels, but White was the constant, providing continuity and institutional knowledge to assist all those involved in the Foundation – board members, banks, attorneys, and grant recipients.

“The Bar Foundation is indebted to Mary for her many years of faithful service,” said Jack Middleton, current Foundation chair, who also led the foundation in its early years. “Mary kept meticulous records of the income from lawyers’ trust accounts to enable the IOLTA program to provide over $30 million in funding over the years for civil legal services and legal education outreach programs.”

Tina Pickering (formerly Abramson), executive director of the Foundation from 1996 until 2003, said White is “a humble, humorous team player, who is kind and caring at all times.”

“Her steady grasp of the complexities of IOLTA financing, and her strong relationships with IOLTA banks, helped keep the Bar Foundation and our legal services partners afloat through many changes in Bar Foundation leadership, interest rates, and the banking climate. Congratulations to Mary on a well-deserved retirement, with grateful thanks for her service not just to Bar members but to all in need of equal justice in New Hampshire. “

Lisha Brosseau, an administrative assistant in the communications department of the Bar, has stepped in to handle administrative duties at the Bar Foundation part-time.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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