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Elliott Berry

Berry retired after forty-seven years with New Hampshire Legal Assistance. At the time of his retirement, he was managing attorney and director of the Housing Justice Project for the Manchester office of New Hampshire Legal Assistance.


Stalwart Advocate for the Disadvantaged: During his nearly half-century legal-aid career at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, Berry championed the rights of thousands and thousands of Granite Staters in need. Areas of Positive Impact: Housing, including codifying the need for good cause for evictions and challenging zoning restrictions that precluded development of housing for low- and moderate-income families; and the state prison system, resulting in incarcerated people’s greater access to educational and rehabilitative programs and mental health care. His Tool Chest: “A lot of common sense, civility, humility, a sense of humor, and an unwavering belief in equal justice under the law, no exceptions.” What Now?: “Travel, spend more time with my grandchildren, tutor refugee kids, teach a course on modern Chinese history for retirees, try to improve my Mandarin, and continue lobbying on issues that have a major impact on low-income families.”