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Bar News - June 23, 2006

Siff Holmes Honored by Merrimack County Bar


Chief Justice John T. Broderick, Jr., Franklin Pierce Law Center Dean John D. Hutson, and NHBA President Richard Y. Uchida shared their visions of the future of the legal profession at the June 6 annual meeting of the Merrimack County Bar Association held at the Pierce Law Center in Concord.


Each discussed economic, technological, and cultural changes affecting the the profession at the local, national and global levels. The chief justice also spoke about  several initiatives launched by the Supreme Court that could significantly impact the state’s legal community.


 Merrimack County Attorney of the Year Award

Merrimack County Bar President Michael Johnson (left) presents Nicholas Holmes with an award for his wife Brigette Siff Holmes, who was named Merrimack County Attorney of the Year. Holmes was on a family visit in Virginia. She directs the Franklin Pierce Law Center Social Justice Institute, and formerly was a deputy clerk in the Merrimack County Superior Court.

Also, Brigette Siff Holmes, director of Pierce Law’s Social Justice Institute was presented the MCBA’s 2006 Lawyer of the Year Award. MCBA outgoing president Michael K. Brown, of the NH Attorney General’s Office, surprised Holmes in Virginia, where she was visiting an ailing parent, with a speaker-phone call from the meeting to let her know she had won the honor. Holmes was selected for the award based on her involvement in developing the alternative dispute resolution program in the state and her work encouraging young lawyers to become involved in public-interest law. Her plaque will be displayed at Merrimack County Superior Court.


The membership voted to donate $1,500 to FPLC to go toward the school’s Public Interest Fellowship or the Loan Repayment Assistance Program.


New officers for the coming year are: Frank Kenison, of Cook & Molan in Concord, is president; Molly McPartlin, of Ransmeier & Spellman in Concord, is vice president, and David Rotman, of the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office, is secretary-treasurer. At-large executive committee members are: Abbey Albee, of the NH Public Defender Office; Maria Proulx, of Orr & Reno in Concord; Graham Chynoweth, of ChynowethCornell Legal Services in Concord; and Thomas Ralph, of the NH Attorney General’s Office.



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