NH Free Legal Answers Now Recruiting Attorney Volunteers
NH Free Legal Answers is here and open for attorney registrations! They need a few dozen attorneys onboard before the program can be opened to the public. Registering is very simple—go to NH.freelegalanswers.org and click on “Volunteer Registration” found in the horizontal bar across the top. Please note that for now Google will likely take you to ABA Free Legal Answers first, where you simple select New Hampshire as your state.
Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state's website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice. Volunteer attorneys will not answer criminal law questions.
Regional DOVE Attorney Training April 4, 2019
The NH Bar Association’s DOVE Project is hosting a seminar to prepare attorneys to represent victims/survivors of domestic violence. The first in a series of regional seminars, this seminar will be brought to Manchester, NH and will take a more “local” approach to the training process. This training seminar is offered at NO cost if attorneys agree to take 2 DOVE cases within one year of this seminar.
Pro Bono Eviction Defense Training, February 26
This program will cover the applicable law as well as issues and approaches in representing low-income tenants facing eviction for non-payment of rent. Topics include: proper notice, the right to cure, negotiating settlements, community resources and more. This program is appropriate for attorneys of all experience levels who want to help prevent homelessness. The attorney must agree to accept and provide representation for at least one client referred through the Pro Bono Program within six months of the seminar date.
Brian C. Shaughnessy is with Shaughnessy Raiche, PLLC in Bedford, NH. He concentrates his practice on landlord/tenant issues, personal injury and workers’ compensation. Brian earned his B.S. from Northeastern University in 1986 and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1989. He is a member of the NHBA’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section, the NH Association for Justice, president of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Program Board of Directors, president of The Way Home, a Manchester-based non-profit that assists homeless families find safe, affordable homes, vice president of Bedford Friends of Recreation, and is the town moderator for Bedford. Brian is also a frequent lecturer on landlord/tenant law and the Fair Housing Act.