The Campaign is supported by the Campaign Leadership Council, an all-volunteer committee of New Hampshire community leaders dedicated to the idea that equal justice for all makes our state stronger.
A message from the Campaign Leadership Council Chair:
You and I are probably a lot alike, dear reader. We have been blessed with many opportunities in our lives. When we face a challenge we can’t tackle alone, we know who to call for help.
But what if we didn’t? What if you were a single mom in a minimum-wage job, illegally evicted from your apartment? What if you were a senior on a fixed income, wrongfully denied medical care? Or a victim of domestic violence, isolated from friends, family and employment? Could you defend your rights in court? Would you know where to go for help?
Julie faced that challenge. So did Greta, and David and Gabriel. In this report, you’ll see how civil legal aid was a critical support as they rebuilt their lives. It is due, in part, to the Campaign’s many supporters that New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice and Referral Center were there for them and for more than 10,000 other people last year.
Too often, people in New Hampshire must fight these battles on their own. Despite the fact that civil cases can cost people their home, health care, custody of their children or even their sense of personal safety, the majority of civil litigants who cannot afford an attorney have no access to legal help.
No veteran should ever have to live on the streets because our society does not adequately fund civil legal aid. No family should have to defend themselves alone in court against a wrongful eviction or foreclosure. No victim of domestic violence should live in fear for her and her children’s safety just because she can’t afford legal help.
The Campaign for Legal Services is our way of standing up and saying, you do not have to fight this battle alone. If you were part of our efforts last year in raising more than $303,000, thank you. Your support helped these programs change lives.
If you have not yet joined us, please read the stories on this site about our advocates’ work and count up the amazing number of people our programs reach. When you’re done, consider, what if America truly lived up to our promise of “justice for all”? And what if you helped us get there?
Erica Bodwell, 2018 Campaign Leadership Council Chair
Vice President and General Counsel, Northeast Delta Dental
2018 Campaign Leadership Council Members
Mark Beaudoin, Nixon Peabody
Peter W. Brown, Preti Flaherty
William L. Chapman, Orr & Reno
Michael Delaney, McLane Middleton
Lewis Feldstein, Concord, NH
David Gottesman, Gottesman and Hollis
Peter Heed, Abramson, Brown and Dugan
Ovide Lamontagne, Bernstein Shur
Michael Lewis, Rath, Young and Pignatelli
Jim Merrill, The Bernstein Shur Group
Joseph Murray, Fidelity Investments
Sean O’Connell, Shaheen & Gordon
Mary Rauh, New Castle, NH
Alan Reische, Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green
Teresa Rhodes Rosenberger, Devine Strategies
Ellen Soucy, Bank of New Hampshire
Martha Van Oot, Jackson Lewis
Danette Wineberg, UNH School of Law