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The New Hampshire Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, grant-making charitable foundation dedicated to supporting civil legal aid for the disadvantaged and law-related education in New Hampshire.


The New Hampshire Bar Foundation promotes the role of lawyers in securing equal access to justice and supports the charitable and educational aims of the New Hampshire Bar and its members.

Read more about the Mission of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.

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Bar Foundation News

2014 Bar Foundation Award Recipients

The following awards were presented by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation at its annual dinner on Sept. 23, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH.

Robert E. Kirby Award
Julian Jefferson

NH Public Defender Julian Jefferson, NH Public Defender, Nashua, is the 2014 Kirby Award recipient. Given annually to an attorney age 35 or younger, this award is named for Robert E. Kirby, who died Aug. 28, 1996.

Frank Rowe Kenison Award for Contributions to Justice
Amy Messer
Hon. Kenneth McHugh

Amy Messer, legal director at the Disabilities Rights Center (DRC), and Hon. Kenneth McHugh, retired NH Superior Court judge, were both selected as 2014 recipients of the Frank Rowe Kenison Award.

Her recent efforts as co-lead counsel in Amanda D. v. Hassan, on behalf of people with severe mental illness, were reported on in an article in the April issue of Bar News.

Judge McHugh retired in July after a combined 36 years as a judge in the district and superior courts. He was recently profiled in Bar News.

Julian Jefferson

Amy Messer

Hon. Kenneth McHugh

Where IOLTA Money Goes

Read reports from last year's IOLTA grantees about what impact these grants had on their work to enhance access to justice for NH's vulnerable citizens.

In the current year, more than $960,000 was granted for civil legal services programs. 2015 IOLTA grant awards.

Make Your IOLTA Dollars Count More

It really makes a difference where you have your IOLTA account! Your IOLTA deposits earn substantially more if you use one of the Leadership Level financial institutions that support the New Hampshire Bar Foundation's mission by paying 2 percent or more on IOLTA deposits.

Now, financial institutions paying at least 1 percent also are being specially recognized as Partner Level financial institutions. Find out more about Leadership and Partner Level financial institutions.

IOLTA has generated $30 million for civil legal services and public education over its 30-year history. Find out more about IOLTA.


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