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2016-2017 NH Bar Association Officers & Board of Governors
President
 
Secretary
Robert R. Howard, III
Public Sector Governor
J. Christopher Marshall
President-Elect
Scott Harris
Treasurer
Peter E. Hutchins
Out of State Governor
Danielle Vanderzanden
Vice President
David W. McGrath
Immediate Past President
Mary E. Tenn
ABA Association Delegate
Jennifer L. Parent

Governors-at-Large (3-year term)
John A. Curran Jonathan M. Eck Edward E. Philpot Jr. Paul W. Chant Christopher T. Regan

County Governors (2-year term)
Belknap:
Kristin G. Fields

Grafton:
Ora Schwartzberg

Rockingham:
Patrick O'Day
Carroll:
James P. Cowles

Hillsborough North:
Daniel E. Will

Strafford:
Sarah E. Lavoie
Cheshire:
Richard C. Guerriero Jr.

Hillsborough South:
Catherine E. Shanelaris

Sullivan:
Anthony J. Lenhart
Coos:
Sandra Cabrera

Merrimack:
James Shepard

President
President-Elect

Scott H. Harris
McLane Middleton
900 Elm Street
PO Box 326
Manchester, NH 03105-0326
603-625-6464
E-mail
Scott Harris is a director in the McLane Middleton firm's Litigation Department. He has tried cases in the state and federal courts in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and elsewhere for over 15 years. His practice involves representing companies and executives in litigation and at trial in a range of commercial disputes including: tax matters, trade secret and restrictive employment covenant litigation, contract claims, shareholder rights, land use and other business disputes. Scott also represents both plaintiffs and professionals in professional malpractice and licensure litigation and has a substantial practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in significant personal injury matters.
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Vice President

David W. McGrath
Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA
1000 Elm Street
PO Box 3701
Manchester, NH 03105-3701
603-668-0300
E-mail
David W. McGrath practices law at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, P.A. in Manchester. He serves as Chairman of the firm's Litigation Department and also serves on the firm's Management Committee. David represents firm clients in state and federal courts, arbitration and administrative proceedings, with a focus on employment disputes. He is also a certified mediator who serves in that role frequently for the state and federal courts, as well as the New Hampshire Commission For Human Rights. David received his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School, where he served as an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He received his B.A. degree from Framingham State College. David is a past member of the New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee.He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership NH. David has been and remains involved in various community charities, on a board level and in other capacities. He is also active in his church.
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Secretary

Robert R. Howard, III (2018)
Howard & Urbaitis
168 Maple Street
PO Box 900
Henniker, NH 03242-0900
603-428-3232
E-mail
Robert R. Howard graduated from Boston University with a J.D. in 1969 and was admitted to the NH Bar in 1969; he has been the NHBA treasurer since 1993. He is also a member of the NHBA Finance Committee; he has been a member of various NHBA sections and on faculty panels of a number of CLEs. He is a former Merrimack County governor and governor-at-large on the NHBA Board of Governors. He served nine years as a part-time district court judge and was the recipient of the NHBA President's Award for Outstanding Professionalism in 1996. He co-teaches the Law Practice Management session of the required Practical Skills course offered semi-annually to new admittees.
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Treasurer

Peter E. Hutchins (2018)
Law Offices of Peter E. Hutchins, PLLC
The Beacon Building
814 Elm St., Suite 200
Manchester, NH 03101
603-625-5555
E-mail
Peter E. Hutchins is a 1983 JD graduate of Boston College Law School. He has been a member of the NH Bar since 1983. He is a past president of the NHBA (2001-02), a member of the ABA, ATLA, NHTLA, the Manchester Bar and the Dartmouth Lawyers' Association. He is also admitted to practice in the US District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Hutchins resides in Manchester and in Hampton, NH with his wife Kathy, a realtor/broker. He has one daughter, Jamie, a financial advisor to Merrill Lynch in Manchester. Hutchins enjoys golfing and officiates at high school basketball games.
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Immediate Past President

Mary E. Tenn
Tenn And Tenn PA
16 High Street, Suite 3
Manchester, NH 03101
603-624-3700
E-mail
Mary Tenn received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review. She received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College. Mary is a frequent trial advisor for the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School and a judge for the Harvard Law School First-year Moot Court Program.

Mary is the immediate past-president of the Manchester Bar Association, and currently serves on the Manchester Bar Association Executive Committee. She currently serves by appointment of the New Hampshire Supreme Court as the Vice-Chair of the NH Board of Bar Examiners. Mary is a past Governor of the New Hampshire Association for Justice. In 2005, Mary was recognized by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and was presented the Robert E. Kirby award for demonstrating the traits of civility, courtesy, perspective, and excellence in the practice of law.
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Public Sector Governor (3-year term)

J. Christopher Marshall (2018)
NH Attorney General's Office
33 Capitol Street
Concord, NH 03301-6397
603-271-3658
E-mail
Christopher Marshall grew up in Conway, attended Kennett High School, and graduated from Dartmouth in 1970 and from the George Washington University Law School in 1973. After clerking for a year for then-Associate Justice William Grimes, he joined the McLane law firm. Over the next 22 years, he practiced general corporate law, real estate and employee benefits, eventually concentrating in insolvency law.

In 1996, he left McLane and was appointed US Trustee for Region 1, which consists of New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The US Trustee Program is a component of the US Department of Justice that oversees the administration of bankruptcy cases, especially private trustees who administer chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases. In that role, he worked on legal and policy issues with insolvency lawyers and judges from the four states in Region 1 as well as from other parts of the country. He later worked at Ford & Weaver in Portsmouth and returned to the public sector in 2005, joining the NH Attorney General's Office to work on the liquidation of the Home Insurance Company, which is one of the largest insurance liquidations ever to have occurred. He also serves as the Attorney General's appointed counsel to the New Hampshire Insurance Department, which raises the usual variety of public sector issues involving administrative procedure, regulatory oversight, personnel matters, right to know issues and legislative matters.
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Out of State Governor

Danielle Y. Vanderzanden (2018)
Ogletree Deakins Nash
One Boston Place, Suite 3220
Boston, MA 02108-4403
617-994-5700
E-mail
Danielle Vanderzanden, a 1993 graduate of Boston College Law School, has specialized in the area of labor and employment law for nearly 20 years. She devotes her practice to helping employers with employment related disputes, conducting investigations, providing counseling and handling disputes in litigation and arbitration. She has personally conducted dozens of investigations, including those involving employee allegations of misconduct by company executives and systemic discrimination.

Ms. Vanderzanden has many years of experience litigating in the U.S. Court of Appeals, First and Second Circuits, and in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
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Governors-at-Large (3-year term)

John Curran (2019)
Curtin, Murphy & O'Reilly PC
20 Trafalgar Square, Suite 201
Nashua, NH 03063
603-888-7384
E-mail
John Curran is a graduate of Boston College (1986) and Suffolk University Law School (1990). Following law school, he moved to New Hampshire and served as a judicial law clerk and deputy senior law clerk with the New Hampshire Superior Court (1990-1992). He then served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire, where he prosecuted homicide cases and represented the state in criminal appeals and federal habeas corpus proceedings (1992-1995). After prosecuting, he worked at Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A., and later, Getman, Schulthess & Steere, PA. Since 2010, Mr. Curran has worked in the Nashua office of Curtin, Murphy & O'Reilly, PC, where he represents multiple counties and towns, and handles liability defense for Demoulas Supermarkets, Inc. He has served on several state and local boards and commissions, including service as a Commissioner for the NH Post Secondary Education Commission, Public Member of the NH Board of Registration for Funeral Directors, President of the Manchester Bar Association and as an elected member of the Town of Londonderry Budget Committee, as well as a youth soccer coach.
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Jonathan M. Eck (2017)
Devine Millimet & Branch PA
111 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101
603-669-1000
E-mail
Jonathan M. Eck is an associate in the litigation department at Devine, Millimet & Branch in Manchester, where he practices commercial litigation and insurance defense. His practice focuses on representing businesses, individuals, and government in a broad range of matters including contract disputes, premises liability, probate matters, legal malpractice lawsuits, and intellectual property litigation.For the past four years, Eck has been a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's New Lawyers Committee. Previously, he served a two year term as the District Representative for New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Eck has also been active with the Manchester Bar Association, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee.Eck, who was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 2006, received his law degree from Vermont Law School and is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
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Edward D. Philpot Jr. (2017)
Edward D. Philpot Jr. PLLC
354 South Main Street, Suite 1
Laconia, NH 03246
603-528-0207
E-mail
Ed Philpot resides in Laconia, New Hampshire, with his wife of 26 years, Dianne, and his three college aged children. A 1984 honors graduate of Rutgers University, Newark, Ed graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1987 and was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in the fall of 1987. He is a past member of the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Board of Governors and his practice has been focused on trial work since 1987. He has extensive jury and non-jury trial and arbitration and mediation experience. Ed's law practice has a statewide focus in construction law and litigation, and general civil litigation, from its location in Laconia.

In 1997 Ed was elected to the Laconia School Board and served for 6 years, three of those as Board chairman. He also served as a member of the Facilities and Budget committees. Ed was instrumental in the creation and development of the districts strategic planning process, recognized by the New Hampshire School Boards Association as an innovative and dynamic approach to the management and operation of a municipal entity.

Ed is currently serving in his second term as a Belknap County Commissioner. He was elected to a four year term in 2008, and re-elected to a two year term in 2012. He currently represents the City of Laconia and the Towns of Sanbornton and New Hampton. He served for two years Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, and currently serves as Vice Chair and Chairman of the Jail Planning Committee.
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Paul W. Chant (2018)
2935 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860
603-356-7975
E-mail
Paul Chant is a partner at Cooper Cargill Chant in North Conway, NH. His practice is almost exclusively in civil litigation, primarily personal injury and workers' compensation cases. He previously served on the NH Bar Association Board of Governors and has chaired the Bar Association's New Lawyers Committee. He also served as chair of both the NH Bar Foundation and NH Association of Justice boards and is a past recipient of the NHBA President's Award for Service to the Profession.
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Christopher T. Regan (2018)
Bamford Dedopoulos & Regan
68 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824
603-868-2414
E-mail
Christopher T. Regan is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B) and received his J.D. from Boston University in 1981. He came to New Hampshire to clerk for the Hon. William Batchelder at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He worked for a 10-person law firm for four years, and now is toiling in the trenches as a solo or small firm practitioner, first in Dover and now in Durham. Regan was president of the Strafford County Bar Association in 2000-01 and is now Barrister in the Inns of Court. For the past 10 years, he has served as a lawyer/chair of the NH Compensation Appeals Board. Currently, he is moderator for the town of Durham.
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County Governors (2-year term)

Kristin G. Fields (2018)
Martin Lord & Osman PA
One Mill Plaza
Laconia, NH 03246
603-524-4121
E-mail
Belknap County
Kristin G. Fields is a lifelong resident of central New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Holderness School and Southern New Hampshire University. Kristin graduated from University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2011. Immediately following her admission to the bar in November 2011, she worked as a fellow at New Hampshire Legal Assistance in Concord, assisting low income residents across the state in matters of housing and unemployment benefits. Kristin served as the vice president and treasurer of the Belknap County Bar Association in 2013. Kristin Joined Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A. in May of 2015, after operating as a solo practitioner in Ashland, NH. Kristin focuses primarily in the areas of family law and civil litigation. Prior to practicing law, Kristin was in the accounting field for several years.

Kristin resides in Holderness with her husband and daughter. She enjoys attending her daughter's field hockey, basketball and softball games, as well as her dance performances.
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James P. Cowles (2018)
Walker & Varney PC
26 North Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
603-569-2000
E-mail
Carroll County
James P. Cowles is partner at Walker & Varney PC in Wolfeboro. A member of the NH Bar since 2008, Jim is a 2015 graduate of the NHBA Leadership Academy, as well as a volunteer attorney with the NHBA DOVE Project. He is also member of the NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the NH Association for Justice, and serves on the Board of Directors for both the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project and the Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association.
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Richard C. Guerriero, Jr. (2017)
Lothstein, Guerriero PLLC
39 Central Square
Suite 202
Keene, NH 03431
603-352-5000
E-mail
Cheshire County
Richard C. Guerriero, Jr. is an attorney in private practice at Lothstein Guerriero, PLLC in Keene, NH. Prior to entering private practice he was the litigation director at the NH Public Defender for twelve years. Richard's practice focuses on criminal defense in state and federal court, and the professional responsibilities of criminal defense attorneys. Most of his cases are sexual assaults, homicides, or other serious felonies. He has represented six defendants who faced capital punishment. Richard is a member of the NH Bar Association's CLE and Ethics Committees and its Board of Governors, representing Cheshire County. He is also on the NHACDL Board of Directors. Richard is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and was a recipient of the 2009 Frank Rowe Kenison Award for community service. He has been recognized as a "Champion of Justice" by the NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 2005 and the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in 1991. Richard earned his law degree from Louisiana State University in 1984.
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Sandra L. Cabrera (2017)
Waystack Frizzell Trial Lawyers
251 Main Street
PO Box 137
Colebrook, NH 03576
603-237-8322
E-mail
Coos County
Sandra L. Cabrera is an associate with WaystackFrizzell Trial Lawyers in Colebrook, New Hampshire. She practices in all areas of civil litigation in both federal and state courts. She has also written briefs for, and argued before, the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

Sandra is an active member of the New Hampshire Women's Bar Association (NHWBA). In 2010 she was elected to its Board of Directors as the Strafford County representative. In 2012, after moving to Colebrook, she was reelected as the Coos County Representative.

For two years before joining Waystack Frizzell, Sandra served as a law clerk for the judges of the Strafford and Carroll County Superior Courts. Sandra graduated magna cum laude from Vermont Law School. As a law student, she served as the Associate Articles Editor of the Vermont Law Review. Sandra received her Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in Environmental Policy from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
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Ora Schwartzberg (2017)
Attorney At Law PC
117 Route 10
PO Box 130
Piermont, NH 03779-0130
603-272-9500
E-mail
Grafton County
Ora Schwartzberg has been practicing law since 1985 and was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 2001. She is a graduate of Vermont Law School.

Her New Hampshire practice has been focused primarily on Family Law. Ora wrote a book on divorce mediation which was published in 2009: Divorce Mediation from the Inside Out, A Mindful Approach to Divorce.

Ora currently serves on the NH Bar's Legislative Committee and is Co-Chair of the ADR Section. She served as President of the Grafton Bar Association from 2010 to 2012 and is now a member of its Executive Board. She is also a member of the Family Law Section and the New Hampshire Association for Justice.
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Daniel E. Will (2018)
Devine Millimet & Branch PA
111 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101
603-669-1000
E-mail
Hillsborough County North
Daniel E. Will is a shareholder at Devine Millimet where he enjoys a business and nonprofit litigation practice. On behalf of a variety of business clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to family businesses to nursing homes and hospitals, Dan has handled contract and business obligation claims, including between businesses and vendors, and brokers and sales personnel, shareholders in closely held entities, among others. Dan also has extensive experience in property tax abatement and exemption litigation, state and federal tax litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Dan's clients have taken him through trial and appeal in state and federal trial courts in New Hampshire, as well as the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Prior to joining Devine, Millimet, Dan spent a year clerking for the honorable Morton A. Brody of the United States District Court for the District of Maine, and for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
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Catherine E. Shanelaris (2018)
Shanelaris & Schirch PLLC
35 East Pearl Street
Nashua, NH 03060
603-594-8300
E-mail
Hillsborough County South
Catherine E. Shanelaris is a founding member and partner with Shanelaris & Schirch, PLLC in Nashua, NH. She earned her B.A. in political science from the University of New Hampshire at Durham and her J.D. from University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1992. Cathy is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, Nashua Bar Association and Women's Bar Association. She was formerly the chief staff attorney for the New Hampshire Division of Child Support Services and served as a county governor for the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association. Cathy practices law in the domestic relations area including divorce, child support, parenting and guardianship matters. She is a trained marital mediator. She is a member of the NHBA's Family Law Section and the NHBA's Pro Bono Governing Board. Cathy is the Hillsborough South County representative for the New Hampshire Women's Bar Association. She was appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Commission. Cathy is a frequent lecturer on family law topics at continuing legal education programs and is the author of several Bar Journal and legal articles relating to family law issues.
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James A. Shepard (2017)
Law Offices of James A. Shepard
75 S. Main Street
Unit 7 PMB 121
Concord, NH 03301
603-848-2871
E-mail
Merrimack County
James A. Shepard was admitted in NH in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland, School of Law. At Maryland Law he was the President of the University Student Government Association and facilitated a major reworking of that governing body's bylaws and administrative procedures during his tenure. Prior to law school he was a police officer in Littleton, NH for five years. He has spent the majority of his legal career working in various litigation positions for state government; first at the NH Banking Department and currently as a Prosecutor for the Department of Safety. He also enjoys a micro-practice concentrating in family law including DOVE representation on his days "off". His principal office is in Concord. He is married with two young sons.
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Patrick T. O'Day (2017)
O'Day Law Office PLLC
155 Fleet Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-766-4987
E-mail
Rockingham County
Patrick T. O'Day has been a solo practitioner since opening his O'Day Law Office. PLLC in Portsmouth in February 2010. He concentrates his practice in litigation, including personal injury, employment law and landlord/tenant matters, and has a particular interest in education law having earned a Masters degree in education. Patrick previously worked at a Massachusetts law firm providing legal advice to corporate and nonprofit clients. He also worked as a trial attorney at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin where he helped injured plaintiffs navigate the civil justice system to redress their damages.

He participated in the inaugural class of the Bar Association's Leadership Academy. Patrick serves on the Board of the Rockingham County Bar Association, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and the New Hampshire School Boards Association.

Patrick graduated from the College of William and Mary and from the Indiana University Mauer School of Law at Bloomington. Prior to entering law practice, Patrick worked as a college administrator for 15 years. He resides in Exeter where he serves as Chair of the School Board.
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Sarah E. Lavoie (2018)
Burns Bryant Cox Rockefeller & Durkin PA
255 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820
E-mail
Strafford County
Sarah E. Lavoie is a partner with the law firm of Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller and Durkin in Dover, New Hampshire, where her practice includes personal injury, probate and family law matters. She is a New Hampshire native who graduated from the Dover public schools, the College of the Holy Cross, and Villanova University School of Law. After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court for one year and then entered private practice at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller and Durkin.
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Anthony J. Lenhart (2018)
Leahy Denault Connair & Hodgman LLP
178 Broad Street
PO Box 829
Claremont, NH 03743
603-543-3185
E-mail
Sullivan County
Anthony Lenhart is originally from western New York, but spent most of his undergraduate career in south Florida. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University located in Boca Raton, Florida. Anthony graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2012. Immediately following his admission to the bar in November 2012, he began work as an associate at Leahy, Denault, Connair & Hodgman in Claremont, practicing in all of the fields of law which the firm handles.

Anthony resides in Wilmot with his wife. He enjoys backpacking, fishing, and kayaking.
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ABA Association Delegate

Jennifer L. Parent (2018)
McLane Middleton
900 Elm Street
PO Box 326
Manchester, NH 03105-0326
603-625-6464
E-mail

Jennifer L. Parent is a director and chair of the litigation department in the McLane Middleton law firm in Manchester, with particular focus on business and employment litigation. She served as President of NHBA from 2011-2012. She is currently Secretary of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, which provides programming to state and metro bar leaders nationally. Parent also served as President of the NH Women's Bar Association from 2000-2002. She served on the NHBA Board of Governors from 2004 to 2008, representing Hillsborough County North. She has participated in a number of task forces and committees of the NH Bar Association, including, most recently, co-chair of the Bench Bar Conference in March 2015 and chair of the Committee on Cooperation with the Courts. Early on, she was active in the New Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. Parent received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the NH Bar in 1995. She received the Robert E. Kirby award, honoring excellence in advocacy, civility and professionalism of a lawyer under 40 years of age, from the NH Bar Foundation in 2003. She received the 2009 Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award. As Association Delegate, Parent represents the New Hampshire Bar Association in the House of Delegates.
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