Bar News - May 18, 2016
In Memoriam: Marilyn Billings McNamara
Marilyn Billings McNamara
Marilyn Billings McNamara, 65, died Sunday, April 10, 2016. Amongst several childhood hometowns, McNamara especially cherished her memories from Association Island in New York where she ran free with her siblings. McNamara’s career as an accomplished attorney spanned four decades. She also raised two ambitious children and contributed to countless communities throughout New Hampshire.
McNamara was an attorney at Upton and Hatfield and a 1977 graduate of UNH Law (then called the Franklin Pierce Law Center) and is a past president of the NH Bar Association (2010-11). She co-founded the Family and Housing Law Clinic (now the Civil Practice Clinic) at UNH Law and served as co-director and instructor for the clinic’s first year.
McNamara received the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor in 1996 from the NH Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program. In 2012, the Pro Bono program and the University of New Hampshire School of Law, McNamara’s alma mater, recognized her commitment to providing free legal services to low-income residents of New Hampshire by naming her the inaugural recipient of the Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award.
McNamara, a longtime Pro Bono volunteer, also served on and chaired the Pro Bono Governing Board, and served for eight years as executive director of the Legal Advice & Referral Center, a federally funded poverty law program providing family and housing law advice, counsel and referral services to low-income clients. She served on the NH Judicial Council and the NH Judicial Selection Commission; and served on various Bar committees.
McNamara said there is payment for pro bono work; it just doesn’t come in dollars.
In memory of our colleague, the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors has made a contribution to the NH Bar Foundation.