Former Public Service Committee Co-Chair Laura Maistrosky was on hand in Chicago recently to receive the National Conference of Women’s Bar Association’s 2018 Public Service Award – Honorable Mention on NHWBA’s behalf for its Women to Women Project.
This Project is a collaboration of the NHWBA and the New Hampshire Department of Corrections to provide legal information on various topics of interest to the female inmates. It allows licensed practitioners to offer limited legal advice and information to an underserved population on a varied spectrum of legal issues.
The Project provides pro bono legal services that would otherwise not be available to the women through another organization or court program. The Project helps these women get a jump start on taking back control of their lives before they are released from incarceration. The transitional period before they are released can be challenging. The women are often not able to access forms, instructions and basic legal information prior to their release from prison. The Project bridges this gap and provides needed forms and instructions, which can be crucial when the issues involve matters such as parenting rights and responsibilities.
Special thanks to NHWBA Public Service Committee Co-chairs, Lindsey Courtney and Laura Maistrosky, for spearheading this project.
The NHWBA was honored to accept this prestigious award.