As reported in the Daily Hampshire Gazette
Monday, December 6, 1999
By Jim Danko, Gazette Staff Writer
For the past four years, administrators of a housing program for low-income families in the Hilltowns have often turned to an Amherst resident and lawyer for free legal advice.
Hilltown Community Development Corporation estimates that attorney, Felicity Hardee, has provided about $50,000 worth of legal services over the years.
“It’s really a great resource for us,” said Don Bianchi, real estate program manager at the corporation. “She’s an excellent, thorough and conscientious attorney.”
During its annual meeting in Huntington in November, the Hilltown CDC presented an award to Hardee for her ìexceptional service.î
Hardee, 43, works for Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, a Springfield law firm.
“I think very highly of the corporation. They do a wonderful job in terms of reclaiming this housing stock that really needs a lot of work, and theyíve done a fine job in terms of providing housing for people who really need it,” she said.
Hardee said she assists with legal services in connection with the redevelopment of properties for low- and moderate-income home buyers and renters. Hardee has offered her legal expertise in loan closings, which can be complex, among other matters of the law related to real estate, Bianchi said.
Established in 1981, the non-profit corporationís purpose is to improve the quality of life in the Hilltowns by addressing the economic, environmental and social needs while preserving the rural integrity of the area. The long-term goal of the organization is to improve the economic self-sufficiency of the Hilltowns by providing local employment opportunities and support services for Hilltown residents.
All lawyers throughout the state are encouraged to offer 25 hours a year of pro bono services, according to rules adopted by the state’s highest court.
Hardee said she intends to continue representing the group without charge.