Bar News - October 21, 2015
Jack Crisp Named 2015 Friedman Pro Bono Award Recipient
Jack Crisp, a solo attorney from Concord who for many years also practiced in the North Country, has been selected to receive the 2015 Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award.
He will be presented with the award at a ceremony scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the UNH School of Law in Concord.
The award, co-sponsored by the NH Bar Association and the UNH School of Law’s Warren Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy is annually presented to a UNH Law graduate for extraordinary commitment to legal services for the poor through pro bono service.
“I knew Bruce Friedman – he was impressive, and he was also great to sit down and have a beer with,” said Crisp. “Receiving an award named in his honor makes this all the more meaningful.”
Crisp, president of the NH Bar Association from 1994 to 1995, was one of the first volunteers for the Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project in the North Country. “When Jack takes a client, he is all-in for that client,” said Carolyn, an advocate for RESPONSE Crisis Center in Berlin.
The NH Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program can trace Crisp’s history of volunteer service back to 1981. Since his first Pro Bono Program case – estate planning for an elderly gentleman – Jack has continued to accept referrals for various kinds of cases with rarely a break between cases. Early in his career, he recognized the privileges and challenges of life in New Hampshire, from its rural North Country to the more urbanized communities of southern New Hampshire.
When Pro Bono scrambled to assist marine reservists prior to their deployment to Afghanistan, Crisp volunteered his weekend to draft wills and power-of-attorney documents. More recently, he has taken on Pro Bono cases involving complex divorce and parenting matters, stepping up to help some of the Program’s neediest clients despite the time commitment involved.
Crisp, a Bow resident, is active in his community, having served as a selectman for the past 10 years and as a board member for New Hampshire Kids Count, an advocacy organization. In the legal area, he is the NHBA appointee to the Judicial Conduct Committee and chair of the NHBA Continuing Legal Education Committee.