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Bar News - June 9, 2006

Justice Nadeau, Retired Judges’ Form Mediation Group

Retired NH Supreme Court Associate Justice Joseph P. Nadeau, keeping true to his promise to stay active after retiring from the court, has formed a mediation/arbitration group with at least six other retired NH jurists.


Nadeau said Judicial Dispute Resolution (JDR), a private group, will be available to mediate or arbitrate a wide range of disputes or controversies. Other retired judges participating in JDR include justices Douglas Gray, Philip Hollman, George Manias, Harry Perkins, Peter Smith, and Robert Temple, all former members of the NH Superior Court. Justice Nadeau also said that once the group becomes active, it may include other retired judicial officers, including probate and district court judges and marital masters. The group is private, and is not affiliated in any way with the judicial branch.


Justice Nadeau, who now works part-time as of counsel in the Shaheen & Gordon law office, said that most of the judges now in JDR have gone through Rule 170 ADR training or will be participating in upcoming mediation training programs, as well as bringing decades of experience as lawyers and judges.


Nadeau said retired judges recognize that, in serving as mediators, they will not be relying on their inherent authority, but  using their interpersonal skills, and their knowledge of the legal process and the law, to help resolve disputes. He said that fees for mediations by JDR will be based on the “fair market” value for such services and will depend on the nature of the case. He said he expects fees to range from $275-$300 per hour.


The JDR group can be reached at 877-322-5156.


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