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:
Dear friends and fellow Campaign supporters,
I am honored to serve as the Chair of the 2017 Campaign for Legal Services. Thank you for your support this year and every year. It is your gifts to the Campaign that help our civil legal services programs change the lives of their clients for the better every day.
Your gifts to the Campaign support dedicated professionals who advocate for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable populations: domestic violence victims seeking safety, families struggling to make ends meet, and seniors needing a voice.
Civil legal aid clients are veterans fighting new battles to access the care and benefits they’ve earned. They are parents working to get their children the educational supports they need, and they are people with disabilities navigating the complex bureaucracy of federal benefits programs.
The Campaign makes sure those clients don’t have to fight alone, by raising private funds for New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice & Referral Center. Their work stabilizes household income, prevents homelessness, provides access to benefits and health care, and educates and empowers clients to advocate for themselves and their families in the future.
In 2016, we celebrate two important anniversaries: the 45th year since New Hampshire Legal Assistance was formed from the merger of two smaller organizations, and the 20th year since the formation of the Legal Advice and Referral Center.
Over the years, many things have changed: the majority of LARC clients today apply for services online, for example.
What has not changed is the difference legal aid advocates can make in the lives of their clients. Legal help is most important in times of crisis, when livelihoods, homes, health and safety are on the line. Civil legal aid programs like NHLA and LARC ensure everyone has equal access to justice in our great legal system, not just people who can afford a lawyer.
A donation to the Campaign is a sound investment in our state’s well-being. It’s a way of saying you believe in our clients, and their ability to contribute to our New Hampshire community once their moment of crisis has passed. Our programs create an economic impact by securing federal benefits and child support as well as cost-savings to our local communities by averting homelessness and other crises.
If you are one of the more than 400 donors who gave to the Campaign in 2015, thank you for your support. If you have not yet joined us, please read the stories on this site about our advocates’ work, count up the amazing number of people our programs reach, and think about how you can help ensure equal access to justice for all.
Wilfred “Jack” Sanders, Jr., 2017 Campaign Leadership Council Chair
2017 Campaign Leadership Council Members
Mark Beaudoin, Nixon Peabody
Erica Bodwell, Northeast Delta Dental
Karen Borgstrom, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Peter W. Brown, Preti Flaherty
William L. Chapman, Orr & Reno
Michael Delaney, McLane Middleton, Professional Association
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
Martha Van Oot, Jackson Lewis
Danette Wineberg, UNH School of Law