Martha Fuller Clark: Legal aid puts justice within reach for low-income women

Our court system is complicated, which means justice is often out of reach for people who do not have the means to pay for legal help.
Op-Ed (New Hampshire)

Martha Fuller Clark
Concord Monitor (NH)
August 12, 2017

Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC) (New Hampshire), New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA)


I, along with about 30 other women, recently attended a very informative presentation at the Women’s City Club in Portsmouth hosted by the N.H. Campaign for Legal Services to draw attention to the fact that out of the more than 10,000 people in New Hampshire who benefited from legal assistance from New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice and Referral Center this past year more than 60 percent of those people were low-income women.

Even more interesting in the presentation was the fact that more than 300 of those women were from Rockingham County. Many of us were startled to learn of such need for justice in the county with the highest median household income in New Hampshire, which is why I am sharing it with you today. You may also be startled to learn that legal aid handled more than 1,100 cases in Merrimack County last year.