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Bar News - June 9, 2006


New Members Reflect Variety of Backgrounds

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The NH Supreme Court admitted 61 new members, and re-admitted two former members, to the New Hampshire Bar at a special session on May 22.

           

Most likely due to the lowering of the passing score for the Bar exam from 280 to 270, 68.4 percent of those taking the test in February passed it compared to 50 percent at the same time last year. The newly admitted attorneys came from a wide variety of backgrounds and have diverse career paths.

           

One participant attending last month’s admittance ceremony will be journeying a long way from home after joining the Bar. Natalie J. Friedenthal will be working as an educator for the Gyeonggi English Culture Foundation, based in the Paju-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, Republic of Korea. She is a 2005 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law in New York City and a resident of Bothell, Wash. She formerly worked for Cleveland, Bass and Waters in Concord.

           

Another new member was one of four attorneys presented to the court by sponsor motions. Samantha M. Jewett was sponsored by her close friend and late father’s law partner William Philpot, principal of Haughey, Philpot & Laurent. Jewett is a fifth-generation Lakes Region attorney and 2004 graduate of Franklin Pierce Law Center. She works for the Laconia firm and says, “Someday I hope the Jewett name is back on that sign.”

           

Others who had motions offered on their behalf were: Sarah J. Montgomery, a law clerk sponsored by Superior Court Justice Bernard J. Hampsey, Jr., Hillsborough-South; Sarah F. Fuller, a third-generation lawyer who works at Stopa & Associates in Massachusetts, sponsored by her attorney father Robert E. Fisher of Dover; and Kevin J. Scott, sponsored by his father William G. Scott, of Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott, the Portsmouth-based firm where Kevin also works.

           

Montgomery will be moving to the Merrimack County court in the fall. When she finishes her clerkship in 2007, she plans to become a practicing attorney. She views the NH Bar as a tight-knit, cordial community of people who support each other. “There is an understanding that there is a New Hampshire way of doing things.” As a law clerk she is an inactive member of the Bar, and provides research for Hampsey and three other judges. “The experience I get here is valuable and will better prepare me for the time when I begin the practice of law.” She graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord in May 2005 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar on May 3, 2006.

           

Chief Justice John T. Broderick recognized Deborah Bills, Supreme Court confidential clerk; Frederick J. Coolbroth, chairman of the Board of Bar Examiners; and Kelly Atwood, Coolbroth’s administrative assistant, for their contributions to the Bar admissions process. He also acknowledged the role of families and friends in supporting the attorneys along the way to Bar entry by leading a hearty round of applause.

           

Justice Gary E. Hicks urges the new members to become active in the Bar and to “give back to the community that affords you the opportunity to pursue your calling.” He also says, “I do not think that you can find a significant charitable organization in New Hampshire that does not have at least one lawyer in a leadership position….You will find any contribution you make—from pro bono legal services to Meals on Wheels a satisfying one.”

 

Overview of the 63 New Members:

 

51 were admitted by exam

10 were admitted by motion

2 were readmitted

 

32 are women

31 are men

 

26 are employed by law firms (13 in-state and 13 out-of-state)

13 are solo practitioners

2 are corporate counsel

7 are government employees

2 are non-profit lawyers

1 is an educator

12 are not practicing law yet.

 

25 work in New Hampshire;

17 work in Massachusetts;

5 work in Vermont;

1 works in Maine;

1 works in New York;

1 works in California;

and 1 works in the Republic of Korea.

 

Admitted to the New Hampshire Bar Association – May 22, 2006

Kellie E. Army

Robert L. Best

Aimee E. Blanchard

Justin M. Boothby

Gregory M. Boucher

John D. Boyle

Gita B. Brazelis

Jenna K. Brownson

Laura L. Carroll

Richard D. Chamberlain

Adam J. Chandler

Deanne M. Chrystal

Aime K. Cook

Kevin G. Corriveau

Tracey G. Cote

James M. Dingley

Lynn H. Fabrizio

William J. Fardy

Diana E. Fenton

Joseph Fricano

Natalie J. Friedenthal

Sarah F. Fuller

Zachary R. Gates

Kristin L. Gilbert

Eleanore R. Godfrey

Randy Godin

Marc J. Gorayeb

Thomas J. Greco

Pamela C. Guischard

Wendy W. Guthro

Brenda G. Hallisey

Christopher C. Herrick

Michael D. Hulser

Leesteffy Jenkins

Samantha M. Jewett

Corey F. MacDonald

Christopher P. Maffucci

Jeffrey B. Merrill

Sarah J. Montgomery

Byron G. Mousmoules

Louis J. Muggeo

Evan F. Nappen

Heather L. Newell

Donald Nowve

Robin M. Oinonen

Mary K. Parent

Sarah A. Paris

Vincenc L. Pearson

Michael G. Perez

Paul H. Robinson

Nancy C. Russell

Angela M. Russo

Kevin J. Scott

Monica S. Singh

Elyssa B. Slater

J. Justin Sluka

Eric M. Sommers

MaryLou Stroumbos

Jeanne Vanim-Botting

Elizabeth A. Willhite

Robert B. Williams

Jeffrey R. Yousey

Rebecca F. Zachas

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