New Hampshire Legal Assistance

Helping to balance the scales of justice for everyone since 1971.


New Hampshire Legal Assistance attorneys and paralegals advocate for our clients in every court in the state, including the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and before state and federal agencies.

Read about some of our work below.

August 2, 2016: NHLA wins Supreme Court appeal on behalf of low-income parents of children with disabilities

Federal assistance for children with severe disabilities is designed to support their special – and often expensive – needs. It shouldn’t be diverted to meet the basic needs of other family members. But that’s what New Hampshire expected low-income families with children with disabilities to do, until a successful challenge by two mothers represented by New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Click here to read more.

January 12, 2016: NHLA joins ACLU-NH in a federal suit challenging the city of Manchester's unconstitutional anti-panhandling practices

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire (ACLU-NH) and New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA) together filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Manchester police department’s practice of detaining, dispersing, and charging peaceful panhandlers for allegedly “obstructing vehicular traffic on public streets” under New Hampshire’s disorderly conduct statute, even when the panhandlers are in a public place and do not step in the roadway. 

This lawsuit is being brought on behalf of Plaintiff Theresa M. Petrello, an Army and Navy veteran who has panhandled to make ends meet. On June 3, 2015, the Manchester police department cited her for disorderly conduct after she, without stepping in a roadway, engaged in peaceful panhandling speech directed at motorists from a public place.

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December 10, 2015: NHLA achieves settlement for a Deaf resident who complained of discrimination at Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority. 

The Fair Housing Project of New Hampshire Legal Assistance recently entered into a Conciliation Agreement with Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority on behalf of a Deaf resident who complained that his health, safety and well-being were profoundly damaged by discriminatory practices at MHRA. The discrimination included MHRA’s failure to provide American Sign Language interpreters or adaptive intercom systems, fire alarms and smoke detectors.

The agreement was conciliated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. This is the second complaint alleging discrimination by MHRA staff against Deaf and hard-of-hearing residents that NHLA has filed in five years.

Among other things, the agreement calls for financial remuneration and that MHRA establish a formal policy for filing and responding to all requests for reasonable accommodations, and provide training for all management and staff on services for Deaf and hard-of-hearing residents. MHRA is also required to provide certified ASL interpreters. Click here to read more.