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Bar News - September 21, 2016

NH Bar Foundation: New Foundation Directors Bring Diverse Backgrounds

Ellen Soucy

Erin Corcoran

Anna Berry

Three additions to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation Board of Directors, including two non-lawyers, bring new perspectives to the organization.

Appointed to the board in August, Ellen Soucy, vice president of business banking development at Bank of New Hampshire, has more than 32 years of experience in the financial services industry including commercial lending, retail banking, portfolio management and new business development. Bank of New Hampshire is a member of the IOLTA Leadership Circle, paying the highest levels of interest on IOLTA accounts in New Hampshire.

Soucy, a graduate of Hesser College, is a 2012 graduate of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program, and serves on a number of community groups and boards.

Soucy’s knowledge of the banking industry, and her enthusiasm about the IOLTA program, are assets for the board, said Foundation Chair Jack Middleton. Soucy joins Darlene Schmidt Brandt, of Bellwether Community Credit Union, as executives from the financial services field on the Foundation board.

At the Foundation board’s Sept. 7 meeting, the board also approved the appointment of two new members: Erin Corcoran, a professor at UNH School of Law and Anna Berry, executive director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Corcoran is a faculty fellow at the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Service and is coordinator of the law school’s pro bono efforts. She joined the law school in 2009 and her scholarship and presentations center on protecting non-citizens through systemic changes to the immigration system including providing government funded non-attorney legal representation, professionalizing the immigration prosecutors’ office and requiring best practices for adjudicating claims of unaccompanied minors seeking immigration relief.

Corcoran also is a member on New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.

Berry, who has served as executive director of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire since 2010, brings to the board experience as a leader of a prominent, dynamic nonprofit organization. The World Affairs Council fosters learning, discussion and citizen involvement in world affairs, holding public events and hosting groups of foreign visitors frequently each year. Previously, she directed communications for an environmental nonprofit and worked as a journalist, including covering the 2008 presidential primary as a staff writer for the Keene Sentinel.

Currently, Berry serves on the Leadership Greater Manchester (class of 2011) Alumni Committee, part of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and on the NH Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

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