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Bar News - March 16, 2016

NH Bar Foundation: Ten Justice Grants Awarded for Legal Aid Projects and Programs

New Hampshire Bar Foundation Board President Jack Middleton of McLane Middleton recognizes attorney William Chapman of Orr & Reno as the 2016 Bar Foundation Fellow at reception March that followed the NHBA Midyear Meeting in Manchester. Chapman is a longtime supporter of the foundation and a steadfast champion of the First Amendment.

Internships, publications, and planning are among the activities to be funded by the 2016 Justice Grants, which were recently awarded by the NH Bar Foundation.

Approved at the Feb. 11 meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors were 10 grants totaling $31,300. Funded by interest revenue from endowed funds contributed to the NH Bar Foundation, Justice Grants encourage innovation in the administration of justice, provide community education about the law and improve access to the legal system. Funding decisions are made on the basis of priority needs and whether the activity meets the specific purposes set forth by donors who created the funds.

NH Catholic Charities – Office of Immigration and Refugee Services (OIRS): $5,000
Legal Services for Asylum-seekers in NH (Advancement of Justice Fund)
To help indigent or low-income asylum-seekers in New Hampshire gain asylum or “administrative closure.”

Legal Advice & Referral Center: $4,000
Equal Justice Internship (Richard P. Dunfey Fund, Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund & The McLane Fund)
Funding for a law student intern to assist with the client intake process, providing experience and hands-on education.

UNH School of Law – Warren B. Rudman Center: $4,000
Rudman Center Summer Fellowships (Advancement of Justice Fund, Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund & Frederic K. Upton Justice Fund)
Support for stipends for Rudman Summer Fellows while they represent and work for nonprofit or government agencies.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance: $3,800
Medical-Legal Planning Initiative (Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund & A.J. McDonough Family Fund)
Support to engage in the first phase of a planning initiative to develop a sustainable model for a statewide network of Medical-Legal Partnerships in New Hampshire.

BRIDGES: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Services: $2,900
AmeriCorps Advocate (Advancement of Justice Fund & Richard P. Dunfey Fund)
Funding for one advocate who will help ensure clients can freely access the judicial system by providing assistance negotiating the court system. BRIDGES is a domestic violence crisis center in Nashua.

New Hampshire Bar Association/Law Related Education: $2,900
Patriots, Pirates, Politicians and Profit Seekers Book/”Never Say Die” Workshops (Stanley and Thalia Brown Fund)
Funding to re-print the Patriots, Pirates, Politicians and Profit Seekers book for school libraries and teachers and to continue the “Never Say Die” workshop at LRE events.

New Hampshire Pro Bono Referral Program: $2,700
Pro Bono Consumer Law Justice Project (William A Baker Fund & Hon. William F. Batchelder Fund)
Funding to provide access to legal advice and assistance to low-income people who are drowning in debt by developing and coordinating a Consumer Lawline staffed by volunteer attorneys.

NH Institute for Civics Education: $2,500
2016 William W. Treat Lecture Series (Advancement of Justice Fund, Stanley and Thalia Brown Fund & Vickie Bunnell Memorial Fund)
Funding to produce lecture series of high profile speakers, prepare DVD’s and teacher guides for civics education.

The Society for the Protection of NH Forests: $2,500
Model Conservation Easement Deed (J. Albert and Mildred E. Lynch Fund)
Funding to improve the Conservation Easement Model Deed document to reflect current best practices for easement terms to promote best practices for legally sound conservation easement for all NH landowners and land trusts.

New Hampshire Bar Association/Law Related Education: $1,000
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution (McLane Fund & Arthur & Esther Nighswander Justice Fund)
This grant will be used for travel expenses for Milford High School, 2016 State Champions in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition to participate in the National Finals in Washington, DC. In April.

The investment of the Bar Foundation’s Justice Funds are managed by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. For more information about contributing to an existing Justice Fund, or to find out about how to contribute to the Bar Foundation, please contact Lisha Brosseau, Foundation operations coordinator, or visit

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