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The Best in Your Bar

The following awards will be presented at the Honors and Awards Luncheon at the NHBA Midyear Membership Meeting on Friday, February 27, 2015.

Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award

Joseph Malfitani, a public defender in the Stratham office of the NH Public Defender, has been selected to receive the 2015 NH Bar Association Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award. A public defender for 25 years, Malfitani is a staff attorney serving Rockingham County. Attorneys supporting his nomination said he is well regarded for his skills as a criminal defense attorney and for his willingness to mentor new public defenders. He is a graduate of the UNH School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1989.

L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor

Marilyn Mahoney

Marilyn Mahoney, a founding member and partner of Harvey & Mahoney in Manchester, provides life-changing services to her Pro Bono clients. In addition to the many complicated Pro Bono family law cases that she has accepted over the years, Mahoney has also mentored newer family law attorneys and is always willing to help the NH Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program staff and attorneys with complicated legal questions.

Mahoney received her law degree from UNH Law in Concord in 1980. She is skilled in ADR methods and has been a member of the NH Collaborative Law Alliance since its inception.

Currently, Mahoney chairs the Board of Trustees of Child & Family Services of NH. She was a member of the state's Family Law Task Force and the NH Commission on the Status of Women. She also is the previous recipient of two Pro Bono Distinguished Service awards in recognition of the many hours of free legal services she has provided to low-income clients.

Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service

Jim Gleason

Henniker lawyer James Gleason exemplifies the dedication to community of the award's namesake, the late Vickie Bunnell.

Capped by his service as Bar President from 2004 to 2005, Gleason has long been active in the legal community, as a CLE faculty member, and serving on numerous committees, typically focusing on member services. As Bar president, addressing the needs of small-firm practitioners was one of his primary focuses.

In his community, Gleason has been a leader or member in community, church, school board, and athletic organizations, and also has found time to participate as a Division 1 college football referee, as well as high school and college lacrosse.

A former colleague who nominated him for the award said of Gleason: "Jim once told me that his primary reason for moving to a small town was that he wanted his children and their friends to be able to walk to his office after school, and to be able to find him anytime that they needed."

Distinguished Service to the Public Award

Hon. Ned Gordon

NH Circuit Court Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon, who presides at the 6th Circuit Court in Franklin, is best known for his work on the Franklin and Concord Model Court Project, which aims to develop and implement best practices in child abuse and neglect cases.

Being a judge is Gordon's third career. He started in the business world and worked for 15 years at AT&T before deciding to leave the company instead of having to relocate out of his native state. He went to law school, clerked for the late US Circuit Judge Hugh Bownes and Chief Justice David Brock and then joined the Laconia law firm then known as Wescott, Millham & Dyer.

In 1992, he ran for the NH House, served one term and then moved on to the NH Senate, where he served four terms, rising to chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

During his legal career, Gordon served for many years as town moderator and school district moderator in Bristol, NH, and on the NH Bar Association Board of Governors. In 2005, he was appointed by Gov. Lynch to what was then the District Court, and he began presiding in Franklin.

Nancy Geiger, a marital master who nominated him for the Bar Association award, said of her colleague: "He has continued his service to the public as a very hardworking, fair and intelligent Circuit Court Judge."

Past NH Bar Award Recipients

Awards usually presented at the NHBA Midyear Meeting

Awards usually presented at the NHBA Annual Meeting

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