The Campaign supports 603 Legal Aid and New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Together, the two programs help thousands of New Hampshire residents each year.
New Hampshire Legal Assistance was founded in 1971 through the merger of two smaller non-profit legal aid organizations, Southern New Hampshire Legal Services and Tri-County Legal Services, which served the North Country. Since then, NHLA has grown into a nationally recognized legal aid program with five branch law offices.
NHLA attorneys and paralegals provide advice and counsel and represent low-income and elderly clients in all levels of state and federal court, and in front of many government agencies, helping them with civil, non-criminal cases dealing with housing, benefits, family law and employment security.
While much of NHLA’s work focuses on representing individual clients, NHLA also advocates changes to policies and practices that adversely affect large numbers of low-income or elderly New Hampshire residents through class action law suits and non-partisan political advocacy.
NHLA also provides extensive outreach and training to the low-income community, social service providers, and the private bar. Click here to visit NHLA’s website.
603 Legal Aid was formed from a similar merger, in June 2021, of the Legal Advice & Referral Center and the Pro Bono Referral Program. Based in Concord, 603 Legal Aid provides toll-free telephone access to information, legal advice, and assistance in both English and Spanish for litigants who will represent themselves in court and in front of state and federal agencies.
The majority of legal aid clients have questions about housing and family law, including preventing imminent evictions and foreclosures and escaping abusive relationships.
Each year, New Hampshire’s legal aid hotline receives an average of 300 calls per day.
After an in-take interview about a potential client’s legal problem, 603 Legal Aid staff provide legal advice and ongoing support. In some cases, staff attorneys and paralegals advocate on behalf of clients. In other cases, staff refer some cases to NHLA or trained volunteer attorneys for further help.
In addition to the call center, 603 Legal Aid also maintains a comprehensive website with self-help guides and materials in many areas of the law, and produces and distributes pamphlets on various topics. Through these efforts, 603 Legal Aid works to educate pro se litigants representing themselves in court of the process and their rights.