New Hampshire Legal Assistance

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NHLA welcomes new board members

Posted Sep 16, 2019

At its meeting on September 11, 2019, the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Legal Assistance accepted the nomination of five new members, one of whom was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Legal Advice and Referral Center.

 

  • Maggie Goodlander of Portsmouth: A Nashua native, Goodlander is currently practicing law at Skadden, Arps and maintains a robust pro bono practice in New Hampshire while also serving as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Since graduating from Yale University in 2009, she has served in legal and policy positions in each branch of the federal government. From 2009 through 2013, Goodlander worked in the United States Senate, first as advisor to Sen. Joseph Lieberman and the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee and later as a senior advisor to Sen. John McCain. After graduating from Yale Law School in 2016, she went on to serve as a law clerk to Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Anne Jenness of Concord: A member of the litigation and corporate departments at Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell in Concord, Jenness specializes in employment law, workplace and school investigations, and workplace audits. Jenness also provides training, advice, and guidance on a wide variety of legal and practical issues affecting boards, associations, and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Gallagher, she assisted in and conducted dozens of internal investigations for a large government agency in California. She began her legal career as a staff attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender. Jenness graduated with honors from the University of Iowa School of Law, and earned her bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Jenness was simultaneously approved as a member of the Board of Directors for the Legal Advice and Referral Center, a separate but affiliated program based in Concord that provides legal advice to thousands of New Hampshire residents each year.
  • Sindiso Mnisi Weeks of Nashua: Mnisi Weeks is an assistant professor of public policy of excluded populations in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town (UCT). At UCT, she worked on the Rural Women's Action-Research program which combines research, advocacy, and policy work on women, property, and governing authority under customary law. In 2013-2014, she was a resident scholar at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where she held a fellowship for the completion of a book. As a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, she researched the tensions between living customary law(s) and South African state law. Prior to Oxford, she clerked for the Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Dikgang Moseneke. Her current work focuses on the pursuit of justice and human security in indigenous courts by poor women and men living in rural South Africa.
  • Talesha Saint-Marc of Manchester: A shareholder in Bernstein Shur’s Manchester office, Saint-Marc was named to the New Hampshire Union Leader’s annual Forty Under 40 list in 2019. She works with employers on cases touching all aspects of employment law. As a member of Bernstein’s Labor & Employment and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice groups, she frequently represents employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, FLSA, whistleblower, wage claim and FMLA litigation. In addition to advocating before both various government agencies and in court, she represents employers in collective bargaining, contract administration, grievance and arbitration proceedings, and before the National Labor Relations Board. Prior to joining the firm, Saint-Marc worked at the New Hampshire Supreme Court as a judicial clerk for Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy, and before that, she spent two years clerking for the New Hampshire Superior Court. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and Franklin Pierce University.
  • Erin Vanden Borre of Hopkinton: A shareholder at Orr & Reno in Concord, Vanden Borre’s legal practice is focused on a broad range of commercial real estate matters. She represents developers, retailers, service providers and institutions in transactions involving all classes of real estate assets, both regionally and nationally. She specializes in transactions involving retail assets, including the negotiation of complex leases and subleases on behalf of both landlords and tenants. Vanden Borre regularly represents clients in connection with the acquisition, financing and sale of commercial properties, and has experience assisting clients with hospitality-related matters, including the acquisition, sale and financing of hospitality assets, liquor licensing issues and the negotiation of hotel management agreements. She completed her JD at Northeastern University School of Law and received a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages from Dartmouth College.

 

“I am thrilled not only by the experience and enthusiasm these women bring to their new positions on this board, but also by the leadership potential I see in each of them,” said Board Co-Chair Deborah Kane Rein. “Individually and even more so together, they will be a force for good in this state.”

 

In presenting the nominations to the board, Board Development Committee Chair Michael S. Lewis said, “These candidates rose out of a very involved and rigorous recruiting process over a period of several months. They bring legal expertise and wide-ranging perspectives that will help the NHLA and LARC boards best serve the current and future needs of these two vital and vibrant programs.”

 

About New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA)

New Hampshire Legal Assistance is a state-wide non-profit law firm providing civil legal services to low-income and elderly New Hampshire residents who cannot afford a lawyer. Typical clients are victims of domestic violence seeking safety from abuse, families facing homelessness due to illegal foreclosure, eviction or discriminatory housing policies, and veterans and people with disabilities trying to access health care and other necessary programs.

NHLA maintains offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth.

 

About the Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC)

The Legal Advice and Referral Center is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal services to eligible, low-income people anywhere in New Hampshire. LARC’s attorneys and paralegals provide legal information, referrals, and advice by telephone in the areas of family law, public benefits, and housing.