CONCORD, NH – Claudia Damon received the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Nixon-Zachos award at a May 10 reception. The award was created last year to memorialize David Nixon and Kimon Zachos, two New Hampshire attorneys who were leaders in the law and in their community. Nixon and Zachos, both longtime supporters of the Bar Foundation and other causes, died within months of each other in 2014.
Damon was presented the award by Bradford Cook and Leslie Nixon. Cook was a law partner of Zachos at Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green where Damon was a partner and spent 25 years practicing law before moving to McLane Middleton for her last ten years of law practice. Leslie Nixon is the daughter of the late David Nixon and a partner in her father’s law firm.
Leslie Nixon said Damon was a fitting example of the kind of compassionate and effective lawyer personified by the award’s namesakes.
Damon served for 9 years on the Concord School Board, including a stint as chair, 14 years on the board of Merrimack County Savings Bank, and 9 years as a NH Bar Examiner. Damon also served on the boards of nonprofit organizations including 14 years on the board of NH Legal Assistance, 10 years on the IOLTA Grants Committee, 5 years on the board of the fledgling Hillsborough County Women’s Bar Association, 14 years on the board of the Greater Manchester YMCA, 5 years on the board of Merrimack Valley Day Care Services, 5 years on the board of Manchester Girls Club, 5 years on the board of Pats Peak Educational Foundation, 13 years on Boscawen Zoning Board of Adjustment.. After retiring, she worked briefly in the nonprofit sector before founding her own nonprofit, the Kilns Fund, which has created a revolving micro-loan fund to boost the manufacturing and sale of super-efficient clay stoves that villagers in Kenya produce to raise the standard of living for area residents and to conserve the Kakamega Forest where they live.
Damon is the second recipient of the Nixon-Zachos award, which last year was presented to Jack Middleton, who was close friends with Zachos and Nixon since they were all admitted to the bar in the mid-1950s.
The New Hampshire Bar Foundation, headquartered in Concord, is the philanthropic arm of the NH Bar Association. The Foundation is a nonprofit, grant-making charitable foundation dedicated to supporting civil legal aid for the disadvantaged and law-related education in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Bar Foundation promotes the role of lawyers in securing equal access to justice and supports the charitable and educational aims of the New Hampshire Bar and its members.