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Bar News - July 19, 2017

NH Bar Foundation: Bar Foundation to Mark 40th Anniversary at Annual Dinner


Hon. Susan Carbon of the NH Circuit Court, who is a national leader in domestic violence prevention and family court issues, will be the keynote speaker at the NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 12 .

This year’s NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the organization’s founding as the philanthropic arm of the New Hampshire Bar Association. The event will include highlights of the foundation’s philanthropic work and will be held at the Manchester Country Club.

The foundation’s signature annual fundraising event, the Annual Dinner will include an illustrated timeline of foundation milestones and accomplishments and a celebration of some of the distinctive personalities who were instrumental in launching and sustaining the foundation. Group photos and special recognition of past chairs and board members of the foundation will be a part of the event.

“We are making a special effort to invite everyone who has been involved in the foundation through board or committee service or as a donor, and those special people we honored as award recipients,” said Bar Foundation Chair Jack Middleton. “They are part of the Foundation’s history and we want to celebrate this important milestone with them.”

The keynote speaker will be Judge Susan Carbon, a longtime Circuit Court judge and a national authority on family law who was appointed by former US President Barack Obama as director of the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women. Judge Carbon will make brief remarks on the impact of Foundation giving, said Chris Keating, who is co-chairing the event, along with Erin Corcoran. Keating, executive director of the NH Administrative Office of the Courts, and Corcoran, a former member of the UNH Law faculty and an immigration law attorney, are foundation board members.

Tickets and Sponsorship

Tickets for the NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner can be purchased starting Tuesday, Aug. 1, on the NH Bar Foundation website.

A number of law firms, banks and other organizations have already signed up as sponsors for the event. For sponsorship information, please contact Lisha Brosseau, (603) 715-3210.

Carbon, while serving as NH Bar Association president in 1992, obtained funding from the NH Bar Foundation (and other sources) to organize the first statewide conference on family violence. That conference has become an annual event and is now funded by the Victim-Witness Assistance Office of the NH Department of Justice. The conference now draws hundreds of law enforcement officers, advocates for children and families, and government and community agency representatives to review the latest developments in the field from state and national experts.

The NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner also will include the presentations of the 20th annual Frank Rowe Kenison Award for contributions to justice in New Hampshire, and the Robert E. Kirby Award, honoring an attorney 35 years old or younger who has exhibited outstanding advocacy and professionalism. (This year’s recipients will be announced by the end of July).

A Strong Foundation

Since 1977, contributions by lawyers, law firms, and supporters in the legal community and by banks through the Foundation’s early adoption of the IOLTA funding mechanism, have enabled the Foundation to distribute nearly $34 million in grants to support civil legal aid, education about the law, and other justice-related causes.

In its early years, the Foundation’s capital campaigns raised funds from lawyers and law firms to provide a permanent home (and ensure financial stability) for the NH Bar Association.

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