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New Hampshire attorney Holly Haines has been selected to receive the 2019 Hollman Award at the Gender Equality Breakfast during the NH Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting on Friday, February 15, 2019. Haines joined Abramson, Brown & Dugan in 2003, where she represents victims of medical malpractice.  She will be honored for her efforts to advance gender equality within the state’s legal community. The breakfast has become a must-attend event for attorneys working in all areas of the law and in various practice settings, as a way to connect with colleagues and support the work of the Gender Equality Committee.

This year’s breakfast speaker will be Lauren Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and author of the upcoming book, “The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace.” She addresses such topics as strengthening multi-generational teams, women’s leadership and advancement, and implementing strategies to minimize the impact of unconscious bias.

Established on the occasion of Judge Philip S. Hollman’s retirement from the Superior Court bench in 2003, the Hollman Award recognizes Judge Hollman’s service as a stalwart advocate for gender equality in the legal system. Honorees have exhibited a dedication to promoting respect and fair treatment toward all members of the judicial system; sought to promote gender equality through leadership and educating others on such issues; and have taken the initiative in matters of gender equality and by his/her actions and words has been a role model in this area.

Past recipients are: Joni Esperian (2018); Joseph F. Keefe (2017); Sherry Young (2016); Jaye L. Rancourt (2015); Heather E. Krans (2014); Judge Gillian L. Abramson (2013); Justice Gary E. Hicks (2012); Chief Justice Linda Dalianis (2011); Jennifer Parent (2010); Linda Pacquette (2009); Katherine Daly (2008); Honey Hastings (2007); Linda Johnson (2006); Maureen Raiche Manning (2005); and the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office (2004).

Haines is a New Hampshire native and received her law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).  After law school she served for two years as a law clerk to the justices of the New Hampshire Superior Court and for one year as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph Nadeau at the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  She has served on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, where she is currently president-elect, and the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, where she was president from 2010 to 2012. Haines has also been active in the New Hampshire Bar Association, serving on the editorial board of the New Hampshire Bar News and the New Hampshire Bar Journal, and on the Gender Equality Committee. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, where she was the first chair of the “Fostering Legal Independence” initiative for the New Hampshire foster care system.

Haines has received many awards and accolades for her work in the New Hampshire legal community, both for her representation of victims of medical malpractice and for her service to the legal profession within bar associations and professional organizations. She received the Robert E. Kirby Award from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation in 2011 and she received the President’s Award from the New Hampshire Association for Justice in 2017.

The Gender Equality Breakfast will be held on Friday, February 15 at 7:15 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown as part of the Bar’s 2019 Midyear Meeting. For more information, visit