NHBA President Richard Uchida Comments on Nadeau Retirement
NH Supreme Court Associate Justice Joseph P. Nadeau's recently announced retirement from the court after 27 years as a judge (at district, superior and supreme court levels) prompted this comment from NHBA President Richard Uchida:
"The New Hampshire Bar Association joins the Supreme Court in honoring the forthcoming retirement of Associate Justice Joseph Nadeau. His years of experience in the law, and particularly on the bench, have demonstrated he is an invaluable contributor to our justice system and all of those who use the system. Moreover, his innovative contributions leading to the creation of 3JX appeals, the "single judge" docket and the SCOPE programs in the superior courts, and mandatory continuing legal education for local court judges, have improved the delivery of justice in New Hampshire immeasurably.
"Lawyers in New Hampshire have always been deeply appreciative of Justice Nadeau’s experience and understanding of both the substantive law and the challenges of the practice of law. Because he has never forgotten what it is like to practice law in this state, lawyers always felt he understood and empathized with them. Litigants praise Justice Nadeau for his listening skills and compassion. And I believe the Legislature has come to appreciate more deeply the judicial branch due to his work, and that of Chief Justice Broderick.
"It comes as no surprise that although Justice Nadeau is stepping down as a judge, it is to allow him to continue his passion of improved justice. His travels around the world, and particularly his involvement in the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative and his work with the judges of the new Supreme Court of Iraq demonstrates his commitment to the delivery of justice in our global society. Truly, New Hampshire’s loss of Justice Nadeau as a member of our Supreme Court, is the world’s gain."