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Bar News - March 22, 2017

Morning Mail: Thanks for Support During Office Mold Issue

I am writing to thank everyone for the support that has been given over the past few months to the NH Public Defender office in Nashua and the attorneys and staff who work there. As some of you know, on September 15, the Nashua NHPD office staff was abruptly required to evacuate its office building due to an environmental concern. What was contemplated to last only a few days and at most two weeks turned into a 116-day ordeal.

During that four months, attorneys and investigators worked with limited resources, often without access to their files, and in makeshift offices. Secretaries crammed together in conference rooms and limited rented office space. Throughout this time, each of us balanced the stress and angst of this crisis with the professional drive and passion to continue providing exemplary representation to our clients.

I am pleased and incredibly relieved to announce that as of Jan. 9, we have moved back into our home office.

The New Hampshire Public Defender would like to thank our legal community for coming together to support us during this difficult time. Your immediate response was incredible and sustained over the whole four months. We would like to thank the members of the clerks’ offices and the judges in Nashua, Merrimack, Milford, Salem, Derry, and Jaffrey district courts and the Hillsborough County Superior Court. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Superior Court Clerk Marshall Buttrick for allowing us to set up a printer and lock box at the court and Circuit Court Clerk Lynn KillKelley for sharing a courtroom with us on numerous occasions so that we had space to meet as a group to conference our cases.

Additionally, we would like to thank the court security officers and the bailiffs in all the courts for opening ante-rooms for client appointments and to members of the private bar who shared their work space and printing resources when needed. We would also like to thank the prosecutors from the various jurisdictions for their collegiality and for never allowing our circumstances to adversely affect our clients.

We are also thankful to the NHPD administration and NHPD employees around the state for sharing resources and office space, and especially to the legal secretaries in various offices for helping us to keep up with our administrative work.

Finally, I would like to publicly thank each member of our office. Not only were each of you ready, willing, and able to perform, but you did so with grace. It is an honor to work with each of you.

Amanda Steenhuis
Managing Attorney, Nashua NHPD

Your New Hampshire resource for professional investigative services since 2005.

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