In 2002, Lawyers for the Arts/New Hampshire, a program of the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, established a relationship with UNH School of Law in Concord [formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center] to direct New Hampshire artists and arts organizations with arts-related legal issues to the clinic at the School of Law. The Clinic is student staffed and faculty supervised and in general assists people in civil matters who are unable to pay. In addition, the UNH School of Law is a specialist in Intellectual Property matters and has a successful record of assisting people with issues in a variety of creative fields.
This relationship between the NHBCA and the UNH School of Law was initiated to provide a timely response to artists and organizations seeking referrals. The LA/NH program does not have an attorney on staff.
The NHBCA has agreed to assist the Clinic by directing referral inquiries. If you are a New Hampshire artist or organization, have an arts-related legal issue, and would like to request pro bono legal service through this program, you may contact the NHBCA for a referral form at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your request must be for a specific issue, rather than a request for general counsel.
If your referral is refused by the UNH School of Law Clinic because it does not fall within its guidelines, at that time you may contact the NHBCA again to see if we are able to identify another resource for your request.
If you are NOT a New Hampshire artist or arts organization, please contact your state’s bar association or a local volunteer lawyers for the arts office. The various volunteer lawyers program are independent and there is no national central office.