June 4, 2007
Contact: Richard A. Cohen, Esq., Executive Director
Disabilities Rights Center, (603) 228-0432
The Disabilities Rights Center (DRC) has received $14,545 funding from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation IOLTA grants program. The grant will be used to support DRC’s attorneys to represent individuals with disabilities.
The Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program is a partnership between attorneys and the banking community where interest on certain lawyer trust accounts is paid to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, resulting in a statewide grant program to promote justice. Through IOLTA, interest on amounts either too nominal or held for too short a time period to warrant establishment of a separate client account are forwarded to the Foundation to be used for charitable purposes. More information about the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and the IOLTA program can be found at http://www.nhbarfoundation.org/
Richard Cohen, DRC’s Executive Director, expressed his appreciation for the award. He stated that, “DRC has been forced to reduce staff positions in recent years in spite of continuing and increasing need for legal services for children, adults, and seniors with disabilities. While DRC is seeking to find other ways to increase its capacity, this recent IOLTA grant from the NH Bar Foundation will surely help.”
The DRC is New Hampshire’s designated Protection and Advocacy system, and is dedicated to eliminating barriers existing in New Hampshire to the full and equal enjoyment of civil and other legal rights by people with disabilities.