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The Best in Your Bar

The following awards will be presented at the Midyear Membership Meeting on March 4, 2016, in Manchester.

Distinguished Service to the Public Award


Judge Joseph DiClerico

Judge Joseph DiClerico, a state and federal judge for 35 years, will receive the NH Bar Association's Distinguished Service to the Public award at the Honors & Awards luncheon at the 2016 Midyear Meeting. DiClerico has served as a US District Court judge since 1992, including a seven-year term as chief judge.

This award is presented to the nominee who best exhibits service to the public on behalf of the administration of justice.

Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service


Roger Phillips

Roger B. Phillips, a Concord trial attorney in solo practice, is the recipient of the 2016 Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service. He has been extensively involved in the NH Lawyers Assistance Program and is a stalwart of the Pro Bono program. He is a former member of the Concord School Board, and has been in active in many Concord-area community groups, especially those involved with youth and sports.

Instituted in 1998 to honor the memory of Vickie M. Bunnell, "A Country Lawyer," and to applaud the community spirit that is a hallmark of the legal profession in New Hampshire, this award is presented to an attorney from a small firm (four or fewer attorneys) who has exhibited dedication and devotion to community by giving of their time and talents, legal or otherwise.

Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award


Dorothy Graham

Dorothy Graham, managing attorney of the Manchester office of the NH Public Defender, has selected to receive the Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law award. She has worked for the NH Public Defender since 1995. As head of the NHPD's largest office, she oversees the work of more than 20 lawyers, as well as maintaining her own caseload. In recent years, she has worked with prosecutors, law enforcement and judges to work on innovations in sentencing and special court dockets.

This award is presented to a member of the New Hampshire Bar, or an organization employing eligible members, with at least five years of service in government, military, law enforcement, or public interest law services (including prosecution, public defense, legal advocacy in low-income communities or for individuals with disabilities at a nonprofit organization), or at another nonprofit organization.

Midyear Meeting Registration Information

Online registration is no longer available, and reservations will only be accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact Cheryl Moore at 715-3260, if you are interested in attending.

Past Midyear Meeting Award Recipients

View a list of past NH Bar Award Recipients.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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