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1977

Stanley M. Brown - The New Hampshire Bar Foundation Founding Directors, attorneys Stanley M. Brown, Fred W. Hall, Jr., Joseph M. Kerrigan, N. Michael Plaut, and Gordon M. Tiffany, convene at the law office of Stanley Brown in Concord to establish the New Hampshire Bar Foundation as a charitable, nonprofit, 501 (C) 3 organization.

1978

First Grant - The NH Bar Foundation makes its first grant to the New Hampshire State Law Library to purchase legal publications.

1979

NH Bar Foundation’s First Home - The New Hampshire Bar Foundation and New Hampshire Bar Association purchase 18 Centre Street to house both organizations. The Bar Foundation initiated the capital campaign and Jack Middleton was credited for its success.  

1982

Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Program - The NH Supreme Court approves the IOLTA Program, establishing New Hampshire as the second state in the country, following Florida, to operate an IOLTA Program. The New Hampshire Bar Foundation is named recipient of IOLTA revenue to be used for charitable purposes as outlined in Rule 50.

1983

NH Bar Foundation's IOLTA Program - 374 lawyers and 70 firms participating first year, generating over $63,000. Grants committee formed to review grant applications and make recommendations for funding to the Board of Directors.

1985

Fellows Program created as a NH Bar Foundation membership program to recognize excellence in the science of jurisprudence.

1986

Honorary Fellows Program initiated to recognize senior, esteemed members of the NH Bar who demonstrate significant, long-term commitment to the NH Bar Foundation.

1987

First Honorary Fellow - Retired NH Supreme Court Justice, John W. King, unanimously chosen to become NH Bar Foundation's first Honorary Fellow.

1988

Legal History Project created to collect and preserve the recollections of senior members of the legal community through oral history interviews with senior lawyers, judges, and court staff.

1989

First Move - NH Bar Foundation and Bar Association move to new quarters at 112 Pleasant Street. Capital Campaign raises $600,000 to the credit of Jack Middleton and Tom Richards.

1990

Advancement of Justice Fund established by the NH Bar Foundation to improve access to justice and to support law-related public education initiatives.

1994

The Justice Society is formed in response to donor requests for planned giving opportunities. Justice Society funds are part of the NH Bar Foundation's endowment and are disbursed through the Justice Grants Program.

1995

NH Remembrances held at Franklin Pierce Law Center is the first public event highlighting several Legal History Project interviews with New Hampshire attorneys.

1996

Robert E. Kirby Award established in memory of Bob Kirby, a young lawyer "of great skill, civility and good humor" who died in 1996 at the age of 35. New Hampshire attorneys, 35 years old or younger, who demonstrate the traits of civility, courtesy, perspective and excellent advocacy, are eligible candidates.

1998

Frank Rowe Kenison Award established to recognize individuals who make substantial contributions to the administration of justice and the legal profession.

1998

NH Bar Foundation Initiates Statewide Legal Service Planning with NH Legal Assistance, Legal Advice and Referral Center, and NH Pro Bono Referral Program to develop a more fully integrated legal service system in New Hampshire.

1998

NH Bar Foundation Annual Grants Exceed $1 Million for the first time.

2000

First Justice Grants from endowment approved by Board of Directors. NH Bar Foundation endowed funds now represent $500,000 of philanthropic capital.

2002

25th Anniversary of New Hampshire Bar Foundation - More than $16 million invested since 1982 by the Bar Foundation in New Hampshire nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal services for the disadvantaged and law-related education programs.

2003

NH Bar Foundation Initiates Three-Year Campaign for Legal Services and raises $950,000.

2004

Eleven Leadership Banks offer interest rates on IOLTA of 2% or greater, providing 89% of the revenue for the NH Bar Foundation IOLTA Grants Program.

2005

Nearly $1 Million Donated to the NH Bar Foundation during its Campaign for Legal Services. Beneficiaries of the campaign, NH Legal Assistance, Legal Advice & Referral Center, and the NH Pro Bono Referral Program, assume management to continue fundraising for their organizations.

2006

NH Bar Foundation Relocates (with New Hampshire Bar Association) to 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH.

2006

IOLTA and Justice Grants exceed $1.73 million in one year to 24 nonprofit programs serving the civil legal needs of New Hampshire residents.

2006

NH Bar Foundation tops $20 million in grants to New Hampshire nonprofits since 1977.

2007

New Hampshire Bar Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary.

2007

NH Bar Foundation Law School Loan Assistance Program exceeds $588,000 in first seven years, in support of attorneys working for nonprofit, legal aid organizations.

2008

Justice Grants grow by 10% from 2007, reaching $35,771.

2008

$1.73 million in IOLTA Grants is awarded to 12 New Hampshire nonprofit organizations.

2009

$1.7 million in IOLTA Grants is awarded to 11 New Hampshire nonprofit organizations.

2011

NH Supreme Court makes NH IOLTA a mandatory program for all NH Attorneys

2011

With new FDIC rules, five Credit Unions join the IOLTA program

2015

NH Supreme Court adds OverDraft Notification to Rule 50

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