Meet the staff: Jessica HersomPosted Oct 19, 2018
Say hello to one of NHLA’s newest attorneys Jessica Hersom, who will be working in the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. Jessica grew up in Sanford, Maine before attending Wheelock College in Boston with a focus in Social Work and Juvenile Justice.
After graduating from Wheelock, Jessica attended the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and graduated in May of this year. This spring, she also served as an intern at NHLA.
During college, Jessica met children who were involved in the juvenile justice system who said they didn’t know their attorneys’ names.
“The conversation inspired me to become an attorney, so I could hopefully change those interactions with the justice system, specifically for those who may not have had to navigate it before,” she said.
“That first interaction with the system and a lawyer could be the defining memory that person has about our justice system. If he doesn’t even know who was there to represent his interest, how is he supposed to trust our courts or believe in the justice system? I want to be a person that people can trust will work for them and will do everything in my power to help them.
“Legal aid should be available for everyone, because access to holistic, competent, legal representation can help people who are in confusing, difficult, and stressful situations.”
NHLA is a state-wide non-profit law firm representing low-income and elderly New Hampshire residents who cannot afford a lawyer. NHLA maintains offices in Berlin, Claremont, Concord, Manchester and Portsmouth. For more information about New Hampshire Legal Assistance, please contact Communications Manager Sarah Palermo at 603-369-6650 or firstname.lastname@example.org