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Bar News - November 19, 2014

NH Bar Foundation News: Year-End Appeal Kicks Off

Jon Ross, center, partner at the Primmer firm, demonstrates how the joint fundraising campaign for the Bar Foundation and the Campaign works, handing separate checks to Jack Middleton, chair of the Bar Foundation; and Emily Rice, who is leading the Campaign for Legal Services effort this year.

As part of a continuing collaboration, the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and the NH Campaign for Legal Services are coordinating their end-of-year fundraising efforts with a joint mailing.

Proceeds from the Bar Foundationís annual appeal support the Bar Foundationís programming and activities beyond IOLTA and reach into capacity-building for equal access to justice. The foundationís recent work includes the successful Civics in Action speaking program delivered to all of the Rotary and Kiwanis chapters around the state, the funding of a legal needs study for New Hampshire, efforts to promote and enhance interest paid by banks for IOLTA Ė maximizing the dollars available to NH legal services providers Ė and the Justice Grants program, which provides modest grants for innovative projects in legal services and civics education.

Through the end of this year, the Campaign for Legal Services will be raising funds for NH Legal Assistance, the Legal Advice & Referral Center, and the Pro Bono Referral Program. Next year, the Campaign beneficiaries will be NHLA and LARC.

The joint appeal means that potential donors will receive a single mailing and cover letter representing both the Bar Foundation and the Campaign, with separate return envelopes for each organization. Online donation options are available for both the Bar Foundation and the Campaign.

When you receive the mailing or a call from a Foundation or Campaign volunteer, please respond generously.

Philip Pettis Named to IOLTA Grants Committee

The NH Bar Foundation Board of Directors at its meeting Nov. 6 approved the appointment of Philip Pettis to the IOLTA Grants Committee.

Pettis, of the Boynton Waldron firm in Portsmouth, fills a vacancy created by the death earlier this year of Ruth Ansell, who was first elected to the committee in 2008, and was reelected last year. The five-member grants committee reviews requests for funding from the IOLTA program. In the current year, $960,000 has been granted by the Bar Foundation.

The Bar Foundation board also reviewed the foundationís proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 and received an update on the successful outcome of the Sept. 23 annual dinner. Accounting for the event expenses, the dinner netted about $15,000 in sponsorship revenue and ticket sales. Next yearís dinner will likely be held in September in Concord. In operations, foundation assistant Lisha Brosseau reported that she is communicating with banks to convert the receipt of interest revenue to an electronic, paperless process, which will be more efficient for all parties. Several banks send individual interest checks, usually for very small amounts, for each IOLTA account. Brosseau said the changeover to a paperless system is expected to be completed by early next year.

Lynne Parker, the new executive director of NHLA, a major recipient of IOLTA grants, provided a brief update on some of the work of NHLA and answered questions.

The board also received an update on a rules initiative to extend Rule 50 to specifically include lawyers employed by title insurance companies in the mandatory IOLTA rule.

For more information about the NH Bar Foundation, its programs and grants, please visit

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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