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Bar News - November 18, 2015

NH Bar Foundation: Please... and Thank You!

Supporting the Foundation’s Work

Jonathan Ross of the Primmer law firm kicks off the coordinated annual appeals of the Campaign for Legal Services and the NH Bar Foundation with $5,000 donations to both fundraising drives. At left is Gordon MacDonald, past chair of the Campaign’s Leadership Council; and Jack Middleton, right, chair of the NH Bar Foundation.

As the end of the year approaches, the NH Bar Foundation is providing friends, donors, and potential donors with information about the impact of the programs it supports.

The Bar Foundation is saying “Please give” in collaboration with the Campaign for Legal Services in a coordinated annual appeal to raise funds through individual giving at year-end.

For the past three years, the Foundation and the Campaign for Legal Services have coordinated direct mail and telephone solicitation efforts. Both organizations support civil legal aid and access to justice efforts in complementary, slightly differing ways. The Campaign raises funds for the coming year to support NH Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice & Referral Center to provide direct civil legal services and advocacy, supplementing grant and government funding sources that are never certain.

The contributions solicited by the Foundation’s Annual Appeal go to a variety of programs and activities not addressed by IOLTA funding. This includes exploring potential new funding sources for civil legal aid, the Justice Funds mini-grant program that supports innovation in legal services and education about the law, and the Foundation’s ongoing communications with financial institutions that support IOLTA to maximize potential returns in a difficult low-interest environment.

Non-IOLTA funding has supported outreach activities that have reached a wide variety of audiences, including adults, children and organizations to raise awareness of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, how our courts work, and the importance of providing civil legal aid services to vulnerable people in our state.

At the same time, the Foundation is sending “Thank you” messages to financial institutions that contribute to the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts program by paying above-market interest rates on IOLTA accounts. These are more than thank-you notes, however – banks are required to account for how they help low-income citizens under the Community Reinvestment Act. Packets of information from the Bar Foundation are being sent that will assist banks in reporting on activities that demonstrate adherence to CRA requirements.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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