2020 Frank Rowe Kenison Award Recipient – Judge Norman H. Stahl

Norman H. Stahl is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Judge Stahl obtained his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 1952 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1955.  After serving as a law clerk to the late Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice John V. Spalding, Judge Stahl returned to  New Hampshire  to  what was then Devine  & Millimet.  He became a partner in 1960 and the firm name ultimately became Devine, Millimet, Stahl and Branch.  His practice was varied, largely business related and he was lead counsel for the State during the pendency of the bankruptcy of the Public Service Company of New Hampshire.

In 1990, on the recommendation of the late Senator Rudman, President George H. W. Bush nominated Judge Stahl to the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.  In 1992, following the elevation of the Hon. David H. Souter to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Stahl joined the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

He continues to regularly sit on cases with the First Circuit and serves on various court-related committees.  Judge Stahl has also served on several committees for the Judicial Conference of the United States, most notably as a member and chair of the Committee on Security and Facilities.   As Committee Chair he presided over the refining of the Courthouse Design Guide and instituted a system of prioritizing the construction of new courthouses.  He is particularly proud of his work in obtaining the funding for and the choosing of the architect for the Rudman Courthouse in Concord.

He has been married to his wife Sue for 62 years and they have two children, a son, Peter W. Stahl of Bow, NH, a businessman and a daughter Ellen E. Stahl,  a career councilor at MIT,  a resident of the North End in Boston.