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Bar News - April 20, 2016


NH Bar Foundation: Reviving of Foundation Fellows Program Starts with June 1 Event

Letters are on the way to 339 selected attorneys and judges who are Fellows of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, a program designed to recognize achievements, civic engagement and sustained giving. For the past several years, the program has been inactive, but it is now being restarted by NH Bar Foundation Chair Jack Middleton.

The letters include forms and information about how current Fellows can nominate new Fellows. Soon to come are invitations for an event planned for June 1 at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester that will celebrate the relaunch of the Fellows program.

The reception will combine recognition of a select number of new Fellows (based on nomination and a record of achievement and excellence in the profession), announcements about new opportunities for Fellows to become personally involved in advocacy or research projects to advance the legal profession, and a continuation of pledges and sustained giving.

Participants in the Fellows program pledged multi-year gifts in support of the NH Bar Foundation’s mission to support equal access to justice as well as the charitable and education aims of the NH legal community.

The Foundation has long been associated with successful management of the IOLTA program. The ability of IOLTA to generate funds for charitable purpose is, however, limited by the prevailing rate of interest, currently at historic and sustained lows, limiting the ability to increase funds available to foster the Bar Foundation’s mission, said Middleton. “It is important for the Foundation, by bringing together experienced and emerging leaders among lawyers and judges in our state, to help generate and sustain new funding sources for the charitable purposes for which the Foundation was created.”

Contact Scott Harris for more information about the Fellows Program. He is currently working to identify sponsors for the June 1 event and soliciting nominations for new Fellows. More information will be posted soon at www.nhbarfoundation.org.

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