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Bar News - June 17, 2015

Morning Mail: Why I Check the Box for Pro Bono

It is that time of year again when we must all pay our annual bar dues. As president of the New Hampshire Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program governing board, I want to share with you why I check the box that provides an additional donation for the Pro Bono Program.

I recently had the honor and privilege of moving for the admission of my daughter Kimberly to become a member of New Hampshire Bar. Prior to her admission, I shared with her why I became a lawyer, and we talked about the important role lawyers play as officers of the court.

I told her that I believe the Judicial Branch is the most important branch of government, because it protects everyone, regardless of economic status, race, gender, religion, political beliefs, or sexual orientation. “Justice for all” is the concluding phrase of the Pledge of Allegiance, because this guarantee is essential to the legitimacy of our government.

The NH Bar Pro Bono Referral Program provides access to justice for those who cannot afford to pay for legal services. Its clients are among the most vulnerable of our neighbors, and the services provided by a Pro Bono attorney enrich the lives of both the client and the attorney.

I check the box because I am proud to be an officer of the court, I am proud to be a member of one of the best Bar Associations in the country, and I take the oath I took at my swearing in ceremony seriously.

Brian Shaughnessy

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