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Bar News - July 15, 2015

Bar Governance: Board Approves Legal Services Corporation Advocacy


While discussions continue in Congress regarding funding for the federal Legal Services Corporation, the NH Bar Association Board of Governors at its June 18 meeting authorized board officers to join other bar associations across the nation in making statements in support of adequate funding if necessary. In New Hampshire, the LSC is the principal funder of the Legal Advice and Referral Center and provides a sub-grant to the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program.

Also at the June board meeting, which took place one day before the NHBA Annual Meeting in Portsmouth, outgoing board President Wellman-Ally announced that the rural lawyer initiative she began last year is moving closer to fruition; the deadline for applications was July 1. Lisa Wellman-Ally anticipates a meeting in July to advance the project, with law practice consultant Arthur Greene to provide advice on alternative billing options.

The board also welcomed Christopher Marshall, who was elected to a three-year term as Public Sector Governor-at-Large, replacing Mary Ann Dempsey, counsel to Gov. Maggie Hassan, who was appointed a year ago but has stepped down from the board. Wellman-Ally recognized Jacki Smith, of the NH Public Defender, who has left the board after consecutive terms as governor-at-large and as the first public sector governor on the board. Also leaving the board was past president Jaye Rancourt, who held various board positions since 2007.

Paula Lewis, NHBA director of finance and information technology, reported that based on financial statements through the end of April, the Association has a healthy financial outlook, one month before the end of the fiscal year. (Information about the FY 2016 budget, which the board approved in May, is published on pages 20-21.)

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