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Bar News - July 15, 2015

Contested IOLTA Grants Election

Rouvalis, McGinley Vie for IOLTA Grants Committee Seat

Two candidates, Karen McGinley and Mark Rouvalis, are vying for a single seat on the NH Bar Foundationís IOLTA Grants Committee. The position will be filled via an online election. Ballots will be emailed to attorneys participating in the New Hampshire IOLTA program on July 20 with instructions. Voting will be open until Monday, Aug. 3.

The five-member IOLTA Grants Committee reviews IOLTA grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the NH Bar Foundation board of directors, which makes final decisions on grant awards. Members can serve two five-year terms on the committee. McGinley is completing her first term. If you do not receive a ballot, but believe you are eligible to vote, please send an email to

Below are excerpts from each candidateís statement. Their full statements and biographies will be accessible from the online ballot and will be posted on the Bar Foundation website.

Mark Rouvalis

I have had a long-standing interest in the provision of legal services to individuals of limited economic means. IOLTA has played an important part in insuring that funding has gone to three organizations responsible for the provision of legal services to those individuals Ė NH Legal Assistance, the Legal Advice & Referral Center and the Barís Pro Bono Referral Program. IOLTA funds have been an important source of unrestricted funding for all three programs. It would be an honor to serve on the committee deciding which of many worthy projects should receive these funds.

I practice at the McLane law firm and I am currently director of the litigation department. I have had extensive experience with the three legal services programs and have been a financial supporter of the Bar Foundation. I have served on the board of NHLA and LARC for about 13 years, the last four as chair. I have regularly participated in the Barís Pro Bono program, and years ago chaired the Delivery of Legal Services Committee, which examined ways to improve access to the legal system, especially for the economically disadvantaged. More recently, I was appointed to the Supreme Courtís Access to Justice Commission, and now serve on its Executive Committee.

Karen McGinley

I am very interested in a second term on the IOLTA Grant Committee. My initial interest grew from the Home Rescue Team of New Hampshire attorneys which I was instrumental in gathering to assist NH homeowners who were at risk of losing their homes in the financial crisis in 2008. I learned much in that work because, as a real estate attorney, I provided assistance to those less fortunate who were at risk of losing their homes. I was elected to the IOLTA Grant committee in 2010 and have been able to participate in recommending the division of IOLTA funds among the nonprofit groups that assist the less fortunate with legal representation. Over the past five years, with interest rates down and banks in trouble, making recommendations has been difficult. I am proud to be on the committee and would like to serve another term.

I practice at the Devine Millimet law firm, concentrating on land use and zoning law, working with developers, investors, lenders, and borrowers on purchase and sale transactions, financing, and title issues. As a member of the Bedford Planning Board, I co-authored a pioneering traditional neighborhood development ordinance. Representing Bedford on the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission. I recently was appointed vice chair.

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