Bar News - November 19, 2014
New Hampshire’s Pro Bono Month a Huge Success
By: Kristen Senz
Plymouth attorney Quentin Blaine is presented with the Bruce Friedman Pro Bono Award at UNH Law on Oct. 15. He is joined by Erin Corcoran (center) and NHBA Legal Services Director Ginny Martin.
October was a busy month for the NH Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program.
Including lawyer training seminars, referral marathons and legal advice clinics, Pro Bono organized or was part of 17 different events in honor of Pro Bono Month in New Hampshire.
The popular annual Divorce Camp program trained 20 attorneys and law students in the fundamentals of divorce practice over three sessions in October and early November.
Referral marathons in Concord and Strafford County placed a total of about 30 cases with volunteer attorneys.
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Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Aon Attorneys Advantage
BankDirect Capital Finance
Brayman, Houle, Keating & Albright, PLLC
Burns Bryant Cox Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A.
Davis Towle Insurance Group
Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell
Hamblett & Kerrigan
Kazan Shaughnessy & McDonald
Law Office of Katherine J. Morneau
Lawyer Referral Services
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton
Nathan Wechsler & Company
NHBA Insurance Agency
Normandin, Cheney & O’Neil
Northeast Delta Dental
Patti Blanchette Professional Association
Savings Bank of Walpole
Smith Bell Thompson
St Jean Auctioneers
Tenn & Tenn
The Bar Plan Surety & Fidelity Company
UNH School of Law
Upton & Hatfield, LLP
Pro Bono staff and attorneys participated in the Veterans Stand Down event Oct. 9 at Harbor Homes in Nashua, which drew dozens of veterans who were seeking social services and legal help. Four attorneys were on hand to handle pre-registered vets and walk-ins on different legal matters. NHBA Past President Larry Vogelman assisted with general veteran’s issues and criminal record annulments. Jane Schirch assisted veterans with child support issues. Kevin Rauseo helped with child support and other family court issues, and Bryan Townsend spoke with vets about criminal record annulment and license revocation. Twelve veterans met with attorneys and received advice, and seven more who could not attend the event contacted Pro Bono and were sent applications or provided with more information and resources.
In partnership with the UNH School of Law, the Pro Bono program presented Plymouth attorney Quentin Blaine with the 2014 Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award at an event at the law school Oct. 15. Former Pro Bono intern Sean List, now a 3L, received the Friedman scholarship award.
A daylong training seminar by Pro Bono’s Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project included a dynamic panel of presenters and educated 50 new and seasoned attorneys about final restraining order hearings for victims of domestic violence. The day culminated in a mock trial that highlighted the obstacles that victims must overcome to face their abusers in court.
Pro Bono hosted two bankruptcy clinics at the Bar Center in October. Before the clinics, Pro Bono staff works with clients and makes sure they gather the necessary paperwork to bring to the initial meeting with the volunteer attorney. Thirteen clients were matched up with attorneys throughout the month. Participating attorneys were Bryan Clickner, Douglas Thornton, Ray DiLucci, Darlene Daniele, Robert Moore, Richard Gaudreau, Ann Barber and Julia Eastman.
The Foreclosure Relief Project also held three Home Retention Clinics in October, in Derry, Laconia and Keene, helping a total of 14 households.