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NHLA receives $738k IOLTA grant … and more

NHLA receives $738k IOLTA grant

NH Legal Assistance was recently awarded $738,000 from the NH Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Grants Program to provide civil legal aid to people with low income.

With support from the program, NHLA advocates will be able to help more clients stay safe from domestic violence, avoid homelessness, and secure essential financial supports like disability benefits and child support,

Napjus Catie

Catie Napjus

officials said.

IOLTA – Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts – grants are funded by interest from bank accounts lawyers use to temporarily hold clients’ funds, such as escrow for real estate purchases.

NHLA Executive Director Sarah Mattson Dustin said, “With the crucial support of New Hampshire attorneys and New Hampshire’s banking community, the IOLTA Grants Program remains an essential funding source for civil legal aid that helps Granite Staters when their most basic needs are at stake.”

Napjus, Sandler join McLane Middleton

The law firm of McLane Middleton has hired attorneys Catherine E. Napjus and Joshua D. Sandler.

Sandler Josh

Josh Sandler

Napjus is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, where she focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution and trademark prosecution and enforcement.

Sandler, an associate in the firm’s Tax Department, has advised a wide range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, tax-exempt organizations and individuals, on tax controversy and transactional matters.

World Affairs Council to probe ‘prospects for peace’ in Middle East, North Africa

Hesham Youssef

Hesham Youssef

Despite talk of a U.S. disengagement from the Middle East and North Africa, that military engagement has increased over the past decade even as political and military leaders continue to shift their focus to Asia, in particular China.

With that as a backdrop, the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will be presenting a conversation with Hesham Youssef, a former Egyptian ambassador and senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, on the “Prospects for Peace: Challenges Facing the Middle East and North Africa” as part of its Global Forum Fundraiser.

The moderated discussion, to begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 13, at Southern New Hampshire University, will look at the importance the region still plays and how regional issues can spread to change realities in the United States.

“After years of intense engagement with the region, many Americans have grown weary of worrying about events in the Middle East and North Africa,” stated Tim Horgan, WACNH executive director. “However, the countries of this region, and the issues driving conflict today, remain as important as ever. This goes well beyond the price of oil, to include human rights issues, migration, supply chains, and geo-political competition between authoritarians and democracies.”

For more information and to register for the event, visit

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