New Hampshire Legal Assistance

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

Statement from the Board of Directors

Posted Aug 16, 2018

NHLA Executive Director Lynne Parker has been selected to be the new executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), effective September 17. She will succeed Lonnie Powers, who will retire at the end of August after 35 years as MLAC’s executive director.

A statement from Deborah Kane Rein, co-chair of the NHLA Board of Directors: “During her 19 years with NHLA, Lynne has been a dynamic champion of civil legal aid, capably leading innovative initiatives to improve access to justice. We will miss her, and wish her the best in her new position.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance has an almost 50-year legacy of providing access to justice to low-income and elderly people statewide, through education, empowerment, representation and advocacy for systemic change. The 35 advocates and professional support staff at NHLA are this organization’s strongest asset. Lynne is working with members of the senior leadership team to reorganize oversight of day-to-day operations in preparation for her departure.

I speak for the board to say how grateful we are to the many members of the staff who will step up during the transition to come. We are also always inspired by the community's support for NHLA and our mission. We on the board look forward to stewarding this organization into the next stage in its history.”


The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was established in 1983 and is the largest funding source for civil legal aid in Massachusetts, supporting 14 local and statewide civil legal aid programs. MLAC also provides leadership and support for the continued improvement of legal aid to low-income people statewide through initiatives focused on advocacy for increased state funding of legal aid; diversity, equity, and inclusion; systemic technology enhancements; and special projects to deliver legal services to victims of crime and to immigrants facing deportation.


New Hampshire Legal Assistance is a state-wide non-profit law firm representing low-income and elderly New Hampshire residents who cannot afford a lawyer.  Established in 1971 by the merger of three separate regional civil legal aid programs, NHLA maintains offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth.