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Accessing Justice: Celebrating Pro Bono

Accessing Justice: Celebrating Pro Bono

Chief Justices of New York, Texas, and New Hampshire coming to UNH Law

UNH Law’s Social Justice Institute introduces the Justice, Leadership and Public Policy Speaker Series. Under the theme of Accessing Justice: Celebrating Pro Bono, the top judges from New York, Texas, and New Hampshire will appear at UNH Law in the coming weeks to discuss the importance of pro bono work and state strategies to improve access to justice.

According to Professor Erin Corcoran, director of the Social Justice Institute, the three state chief justices will address the challenge of meeting the rise in unmet legal needs and how pro bono work can help increase access to justice. “The Social Justice Institute plays a key role in maintaining public interest law as a vibrant component of the UNH Law school experience,” adds Corcoran, “and this speaker series will allow students, and the public, to learn from three of our nation’s most distinguished jurists.”

On Tuesday, October 16, the Honorable Linda Stewart Dalianis, Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, will discuss “Addressing Unmet Legal Needs in NH: The Role of Pro Bono.”
Chief Justice Linda Dalianis of New Hampshire
She will also present the New Hampshire Bar Association’s inaugural Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Bar Association and the UNH Law Social Justice Institute, the Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award honors the accomplishments of a UNH Law graduate, and NH Bar member, who exemplifies the commitment to public service of Bruce E. Friedman, the late founder of the civil practice clinic at the law school and a legend in the world of civil legal services in New Hampshire.

The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Room 282 at UNH Law.

On Thursday, October 25, Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of the Supreme Court of Texas will present the Frank Rowe Kenison lecture. His talk will be “A Critique of the Texas Model for School Discipline and Juvenile Justice.”
Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of Texas
The Frank Rowe Kenison Lecture Series honors Judge Frank Rowe Kenison, who served as Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1952 to 1977. The series was established in 1980 to highlight the role of state court judges and the importance of the state court jurisprudence on the legal landscape.

The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Rich Room at UNH Law.

On Thursday, November 8, the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, will present the inaugural Norman H. Stahl Lecture: “Pro Bono Requirements for Prospective Attorneys.” Judge Lippman made headlines this year when he proposed that New York become the first state to require that all bar applicants complete 50 hours of pro bono work before being admitted.Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of New York

This lecture series honors Norman H. Stahl, who was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1992. He assumed senior status in 2001, but continues to sit on cases today. The lecture series was established to highlight innovations by court systems and legal service providers that increase access to justice and address the rise in unmet legal needs.

The lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Rich Room at UNH Law.



All events are free and open to the public. To RSVP to any, or all, of these events, please write to Deborah.Paige@law.unh.edu.

This series coincides with the New Hampshire Bar Association's Celebrate Pro Bono month and the American Bar Association's Celebrate Pro Bono Week, which are efforts intended to meet the needs of our country's most vulnerable citizens by encouraging and supporting the delivery of pro bono legal services, and by showcasing the great difference that pro bono lawyers make to our justice system, our communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

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