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NHLA Advocate Elliott Berry to Retire After 47 Years of Service

Posted Nov 07, 2022 by: Tom Jarvis

Elliott Berry, a renowned and stalwart advocate for disadvantaged Granite Staters for close to 50 years, announced his upcoming retirement on October 31, 2022.

Berry is the managing attorney and director of the Housing Justice Project for the Manchester office of New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Following his graduation from Boston College Law School in 1975, he went straight to work for NHLA. It has been his only job – aside from short-term teaching stints each fall in Beijing, China from 2006 through 2009.

“It was very clear to me that I wanted to do something that could make some social change and benefit lower-income people, so [NHLA] was an ideal job,” Berry says.

One of Berry’s main focuses has been housing for residents of the state with limited means. He has represented thousands of individuals and families facing eviction and/ or housing discrimination and has brought a series of cases successfully challenging municipal zoning ordinances that created significant barriers to the construction housing for low-to-moderate-income people. He also essentially wrote the landlord/tenant statute, RSA 540.

Read the full story on the New Hampshire Bar Association website here.