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July 23, 2014

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Robert E. Kirby Award for Young Lawyers
Julian Jefferson
Julian Jefferson
NH Public Defender Julian Jefferson has been selected to receive the 2014 Robert E. Kirby Award from the NH Bar Foundation. Jefferson, of Milford, was admitted to the New Hampshire bar in 2011 and works out of the Nashua office of the NHPD. Colleagues say Jefferson embodies the qualities of Bob Kirby that the award celebrates, always handling his work with professionalism, compassion, perspective and good humor.

Frank Rowe Kenison Award for Contributions to Justice
Amy Messer
Hon. Kenneth McHugh
Amy Messer, legal director at the Disabilities Rights Center, and Hon. Kenneth McHugh, retired NH Superior Court judge, were both selected as 2014 Kenison Award recipients.

Messer has dedicated her legal career to representing disadvantaged clients while effectively addressing systemic or underlying barriers to full enjoyment of rights and equal opportunity. Her recent efforts on behalf of people with severe mental illness were reported on in article in the April issue of Bar News.

Judge McHugh retired from the bench this month after 36 years in both district and superior courts. He presided most often over civil cases in Rockingham Superior Court and is well respected by both attorneys and fellow judges throughout the state. He was recently profiled in Bar News.

These awards will be presented at the NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Concord. For more information or for tickets to the event, please email

Pro Bono Golf - Old Man on the Mountain Get ready to golf with your colleagues to support the NH Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program. The signature annual fundraiser for the Pro Bono program, the Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament is a chance to play one of the highest rated courses in the state at the Lake Sunapee Country Club. Please join us Thursday, Aug. 14, in New London, NH, as we have fun and raise money to support access to justice for all New Hampshire citizens.

All skill levels are welcome. Teams or singles. Register online now.

For more information, please contact Lisha Brosseau.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Free tickets are now available to this Constitutionally Speaking event on Constitution Day 2014. Retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will deliver the William W. Treat Lecture at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.

With an introduction by her friend and fellow Supreme Court Justice David Souter, O'Connor will address "The State of Democracy in America Today."

While the event is free, tickets are required. Reserve your seats on the Capitol Center for the Arts website. Learn more about this event and other aspects of the Constitutionally Speaking project at

For the first time, NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau is seeking external evaluations of superior court clerks and their offices. You are invited to participate in this process by completing a short, anonymous survey about each of the clerks with whom you have dealt. Please note that some clerks are responsible for more than one office.

Evaluation surveys will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 29. The results of these evaluations will not be made public. To receive surveys by mail, contact the Superior Court Center at (603) 271-2030 or

The NH Bar Journal Editorial Advisory Board invites contributions for the fall issue of the NH Bar Journal with the theme: Arts & the Law.

We are seeking article proposals and also will feature profiles of "lawyers in the arts" including examples of their creations.

The deadline for articles is Sept. 15. Contact Dan Wise, who will forward your proposals to the issue editor.

A criminal law brown bag lunch meeting has been scheduled for noon on Friday, Aug. 1, in the library at the 6th Circuit Court in Concord. Judges Boyle, Coughlin and Spath will be in attendance.

For more information, contact Terry McCafferty, Clerk at 6th Circuit Court.

In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 56 and RSA 490:32, the NH Circuit Court administrative judge routinely conducts judicial evaluations and invites you to participate in this process. The following judges/masters are being evaluated:

Edward Burke, Justice 8th Circuit
Thomas Cooper, Master 9th and 10th Circuits
James Leary, Justice 9th Circuit
William Lyons, Justice 9th Circuit
Gregory Michael, Justice 6th and 9th Circuits
Paul Moore, Justice 9th Circuit

Through its website, the court has provided short, anonymous surveys for each judge/master being evaluated. Responses will be shared with the judges/marital masters being evaluated, but are treated as confidential, and respondents will remain anonymous.

For surveys in hard copy, contact the Circuit Court Administrative Office at or call 271-6418. All evaluations must be completed online or be returned by Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Did you attend a CLE that is not in your NHMCLE online record for the reporting period July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014? If so, TAKE ACTION NOW!

If the program was NHMCLE-accredited through the program provider, contact the provider immediately and ask that your attendance be reported today.

If the program was not NHMCLE-accredited, submit an application and the program agenda via email. Scan and forward these to Compliance reports will be run at the end of the month, so all attendance for the 2013-14 reporting period must be in no later than Thursday, July 31.

If you sent an application but credits are not showing in your online record, please do not call as staff members are busy processing applications. Instead, please send an email to to check on the status. Please specify the date, title and program provider.

The Only Job With an Industry Devoted to Helping People Quit
This report by The Atlantic explores the market that has grown out of lawyer dissatisfaction. Read more.

Read Blawgs? Vote on Your Favorite
ABA Journal is seeking nominations for the 8th annual Blawg 100. How to nominate.

Robert Morrill Mediation
With more than 23 years experience, Robert Morrill, a retired NH Superior Court judge, has the experience and understanding you can use. Contact Robert Morrill.

Waddell & Reed, Inc.
We work together with clients and provide investment, financial planning, risk management, and retirement planning services. Contact Steve Kim, Financial Advisor, 603-626-1300 to learn more.

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