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N.H. celebrates first Pro Bono Month in October

New Hampshire celebrated its first Pro Bono Month in October. Volunteer attorneys working with the New Hampshire Bar Association Pro Bono Program represented 3,352 low-income clients in fiscal year 2012. The rate of participation in pro bono in New Hampshire is among the highest in the country.

Marilyn Billings McNamara, an attorney with Upton & Hatfield, earned the Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award. She is a steadfast supporter of Pro Bono legal services who has had a career-long association with the New Hampshire Bar Association Pro Bono and legal services programs. She served for eight years as executive director of the Legal Advice & Referral Center, is a past president of the bar association (2010-11) and was a member of the first Judicial Selection Commission established in New Hampshire.

Pam Dodge of Northwood was named to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition Hall of Fame at an Oct. 29 luncheon. Dodge is a Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) project coordinator. The DOVE Project matches eligible low-income clients with free legal representation by volunteer attorneys trained by Pro Bono.

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