Bar News - June 9, 2006
2006 NHBA Annual Meeting
Emily Rice, John Bomster Recipients of Annual Meeting Awards
Emily Rice, a partner at the Orr & Reno law firm in Concord, and John F. Bomster, a semi-retired attorney who moved to New Hampshire after a successful career in southern New England, will be honored at the 2006 Annual Meeting for their accomplishments and their service to the legal community and to the public.
Rice will receive the Donald Dufresne Professionalism award on Friday, June 23. The Dufresne award is given in recognition of an attorney who best fits the description of: “A professional lawyer is an expert in law pursuing a learned art in service to clients and in the spirit of public service; and engaging in these pursuits as part of a common calling to promote justice and public good.”
Bomster will receive the Distinguished Service to the Profession award; also at the meeting, the William Grimes Judicial Professionalism award will be presented, but the identity of the recipient will not be disclosed until that evening.
In announcing the Dufresne award recipient, NHBA President Richard Uchida complimented Rice as “a highly respected advocate who is passionate about her causes and about the people with whom she works; a person who cares deeply about justice for all and commits her heart and soul to the cause every day; a person who is the model of civility and professionalism for all who come to know her; and a voice of calm and common sense that serves as guidance for us all.”
Before joining Orr & Reno, Rice served as Senior Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Civil Bureau, and was a member of the Merrill & Broderick law firm in the late 1980s.
She recently completed a term as Chair of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and currently serves as co-chair of the Campaign for Legal Services.
John F. Bomster, the recipient of the NHBA President’s Distinguished Service to the Profession Award, was admitted in New Hampshire in 1986 and lives and works in Bristol, NH. He also is of counsel and still spends part of his time at the Rhode Island-based law firm of Adler Pollock & Sheehan firm. Bomster will receive his award on Saturday, June 24.
He is a member of the NHBA Public Protection Fund and serves on a committee fulfilling a similar function in Rhode Island.
Bomster also has been a regular volunteer for NH Legal Assistance, providing advice on complex or federal litigation in several key class action lawsuits involving public benefits.
Bomster was first admitted to practice in Connecticut in 1965, and was later admitted in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, NH and Maine.
More information about these award recipients will be in future issues of Bar News.