Thank you to our 2023 Pacesetter law firms! The attorneys at our 2023 Pacesetter Law Firms stand as leaders for access to justice in New Hampshire. Pacesetter Law Firms are those whose contributions total at least $500 per attorney. Together, they donated more than $75,000 in unrestricted funding to the Campaign for Legal Services last year, enabling 603 Legal Aid and NH Legal Assistance (NHLA) to provide access to justice to families, seniors and domestic violence survivors across the state.

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Time and again, perennial Pacesetter firm Bernstein Shur demonstrates a fierce commitment to supporting legal aid access in New Hampshire. Through the firm’s charitable giving and pro bono services, and just as important, through their people’s generosity of spirit and time as volunteers, Bernstein Shur shows up when and where it counts most.

“Our belief in access to justice for all is rooted in our firm’s history,” said CEO Joan Fortin. “Our founding attorney, Israel Bernstein, was smart, driven, determined, and, most of all, he was committed to strengthening his home community. In light of this history and given our deep understanding of the justice system, we firmly believe that we are all stronger when our courts are accessible, fair, and efficient for every person, despite their wealth or status. And much like Israel Bernstein, we are willing to put in the work to make this a reality.”

Jim Merrill, Managing Partner of the firm’s Manchester office, affirms the shared values between Bernstein Shur, 603 Legal Aid, and NHLA as key to a successful partnership.

“Our attorneys have enthusiastically supported the Campaign over many years and are committed to strengthening that partnership in the years to come. Together, we can work to increase access to justice for our most vulnerable citizens, and in so doing, help to prevent homelessness, poverty, and abuse in New Hampshire. We thank the Campaign for allowing us to make this important contribution to such a worthy cause.”

Most recently, Bernstein Shur Shareholder Ned Sackman chaired the New Hampshire Campaign for Legal Services 2023 Campaign Kickoff Breakfast, which raised a record breaking $126,000 for legal aid in New Hampshire. Moving forward, Bernstein Shur will continue to support the organizations furthering this critical cause.

Stay tuned for news and details about the 2024 Campaign Kickoff, as Ned is at the helm again!