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Bar Journal - Winter 2007



The author list for this issue demonstrates the diversity of your Bar Association. The authors come from the bench (retired Supreme Court Justice William F. Batchelder and retired Superior Court Justice Harold Perkins), and from private practice (including a double-appearance by longtime Lex Loci contributor Charles A. DeGrandpre, a member of a large firm; Joseph Desmond, a Bar member from an out-of-state firm; Joseph McDonald, a small-firm practitioner; and Carol Stamatakis, a public sector/public interest attorney).


The articles in this issue also represent the diverse settings where law is practiced. Attorney Desmond’s article deals with law inside the courtroom as he considers the issues surrounding admissibility of neuropsychological evidence.


Two other articles deal with topics outside of the courtroom, where lawyers often find themselves in the role of legal counselor.


Attorney McDonald provides practical guidance for attorneys in their “counselor” role as they help parents choose guardians for their minor children to prepare for the awful event that the clients might die before their children gain independence.


Attorney Stamatakis surveys the development of law  for patients and physicians making decisions about the continuation of life-sustaining medical treatment. She provides advice for attorneys who will counsel clients—including terminally ill patients, family members, or health-care providers—in decision-making and handling of the advanced directive.


Last but not least, three articles fall under our cover theme, “Judicial Legacies.”


Chief Justice David A. Brock, whose portrait by Richard Whitney illustrates our cover, is celebrated as a man and as a judge by his colleagues. Judge Perkins, who practiced with Brock and also served on the Superior Court bench with him, fills in the personal details of Chief Justice Brock’s life, including his affinity for hockey. Judge Batchelder takes on a different angle, tracing the accomplishments of the chief justice’s long tenure on the Supreme Court, including a look at some the major cases he decided.


Both of these tributes were first published in the New Hampshire Reports, Vol. 151, which is dedicated to Chief Justice Brock. In an era when many attorneys reference caselaw online instead of from books, we felt that these articles deserved a wider readership and the Supreme Court graciously gave its permission for us to reprint them.


The career of Probate Court Administrative Judge John R. Maher should not go without notice, and Attorney DeGrandpre penned a worthy tribute to an energetic, innovative, and refreshingly original judge and administrator.


As always, we hope you find this issue informative and useful, whether you read this issue in print or online at


And, in the spirit of broadening the diversity of our contributors, we hope you will consider becoming not just a Bar Journal reader, but a Bar Journal author. Contact Michael DeLucia, chair of the Bar Journal Editorial Advisory Board, at, if you are interested in submitting an article.


Dan Wise

Issue Editor



Dan Wise is the director of communications for the New Hampshire Bar Association.


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