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2016 Annual Meeting Honors & Awards
Honors & Awards Luncheon
Recognition of the 50-Year Members of the Bar

This year's luncheon will feature special recognition of the newest class of honorary NH Bar Association members – these 15 attorneys and judges entered law practice 50 years ago, in 1966. Portsmouth attorney and 50-year member Paul McEachern will host a special multimedia presentation in honor of these distinguished members of the New Hampshire Bar Association. This year's honorary members are:

Robert F. Bossie
W. Howard Dunn
Angelo R. Fisichella
O. Lee Gregory
John P. Griffith
James E. Higgins
Donald A. Ingram
Paul McEachern
Thomas B. Merritt
John R. Monson
Hon. James R. Muirhead
Spence W. Perry
Peter B. Rotch
C. Russell Shillaber
Hon. David H. Souter

NH Bar Association Immediate Past President Mary Tenn will also present the following awards during the luncheon:

NHBA Award for Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession

NH Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy has earned a reputation as a careful and compassionate judge during the past seven years on the supreme court and 17 years as a judge on the superior court. A former teacher and a Vietnam war era veteran in the Air Force, she received her law degree in 1978 from the University of New Hampshire Law School (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), after which she clerked for Judge Shane Devine, the former Chief Judge of the New Hampshire Federal District Court, and practiced at the McLane law firm before her appointment to the trial court. She has participated in numerous continuing legal education programs, chaired the New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, and the NH Superior Court Sentence Review Board. In addition to her judicial duties, Conboy served as a member of the University of New Hampshire Law School Board of Trustees from 1990-2013, and currently serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council.

E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism

R. David DePuy, soft-spoken and keenly analytical, is an experienced litigator with a record for success in major cases who is well-known for sharing his expertise with fellow attorneys and mentoring younger attorneys. He carries on the tradition of professionalism celebrated by the Dufresne award, named for the late E. Donald Dufresne of the Devine Millimet firm. In the community and in the legal area, DePuy has served on numerous boards and organizations and as selectman for the Town of Candia. Today, his litigation practice focuses on divorce matters, including resolution of many divorces involving substantial assets, trusts, businesses owned by the parties, large real estate holdings, and corporate stock interests. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the International Society of Barristers.

NHBA Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism

Although he retired in 2013, Hon. J. Michael Deasy continues to serve as a US Bankruptcy Court judge for the District of New Hampshire and as a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit, assisting his successor, Judge Bruce Harwood, with a busy docket. Deasy practiced bankruptcy, commercial and environmental law for 26 years with Hamblett & Kerrigan in Nashua from 1973-1987, and then for 10 years at his own firm, Deasy & Dwyer, before a brief stint at the McLane firm before his appointment. A Navy veteran who served as a submarine officer, he received a law degree from Boston College Law School, where he was an editor of the Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the American Bar Association, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the New Hampshire Bar Association.


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