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Bar News - July 7, 2006

2006 NHBA Annual Meeting: Bomster, Copithorne, Rice Receive NHBA Awards

Two New Hampshire attorneys and a retired judicial official received awards at the 2006 New Hampshire Bar Association Annual Meeting. The awards were presented by outgoing NHBA President Richard Y. Uchida, at the meeting, June 23-24, 2006, at the Mountain View Grand Hotel, Whitefield.

The NHBA Distinguished Service to the Profession award was presented to John F. Bomster, of Bristol. Bomster spent much of his career in Rhode Island and Connecticut before retiring to his vacation home in

 Bomster Family

 NHBA Distinguished Service to the Profession Award recipient John Bomster is congratulated by daughter, Judith, of the Law Office of Ann N. Butenhof in Manchester, left, and wife, Sonya.

New Hampshire in 1996. Not content with just “skiing and raking leaves” he did not stay semi-retired for long and promptly took the NH Bar Exam and joined the NH Bar the same year. In addition to remaining of counsel at the RI-based law firm of Adler Pollock & Sheehan, he contacted NH Legal Assistance, volunteered his services, and was recognized with the award in particular for his many years of work with NHLA. “I hope the award that was granted to me would encourage other lawyers in a senior status, who are not currently involved in something, to offer their skill set to organizations like NHLA,” says Bomster. “These worthy organizations may not otherwise have access to their level of expertise.”


Broderick and Uchida presenting award to Copithorne
Chief Justice John T. Broderick (left) presenting award to Hon. Martha Copithorne (right), Richard Uchida (center) looks on.

 Judge Copithorne

Marital Master Hon. Bruce Dalpra embraces his colleague and friend Grimes Award winner Hon. Martha Copithorne at the Honors & Awards Dinner during the 2006 NHBA Annual Meeting.

The 2006 recipient of the William Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism is Hon. Martha W. Copithorne, who recently retired after 15 years as a marital master in the superior court. Copithorne, who presided in Belknap County for the past few years, has been a marital master since 1991; before that, she spent many years in the practice of family law.  Since 2002, she had been on a reduced schedule. She was presented the award by her friend and colleague Hon. Bruce F. Dalpra, also a marital master presiding in Hillsborough-North County Superior Court. “Martha has taught us masters that civility is an essential element in all our proceedings,” says Dalpra. “Those who appear before her always leave the courtroom with their dignity intact…. Her infinite compassion and unshakable integrity are just a part of what masters, judges, lawyers and litigants remember after an encounter with her.” 


 Emily Rice with Award

Orr & Reno attorney Emily Rice was the NHBA’s Donald E. Dufresne Professionalism Award recipient.

Emily Rice, a trial lawyer at Orr & Reno in Concord, was presented with the Donald E. Dufresne Professionalism Award. The Dufresne Award recognizes exemplary professionalism. In announcing Rice as the award recipient, Association President Richard Uchida described her 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 fundraising Campaign for Legal Services.


In Appreciation


The New Hampshire Bar Asociation would like to thank our sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers for their generous contributions to making the 2006 NHBA Annual Meeting an overall success and enjoyable experience for members and guests.


Sponsors:         FiberKraft

                        New Hampshire Bar Foundation


Exhibitors:         ABA Retirement Funds


                        McIntosh College

                        TwinState/Voice.Data.Video, Inc.


Advertisers:       ABA Retirement Funds

                        Distinctive Professionals, LLCLexisNexis


                        McIntosh College

                        TwinState/Voice.Data.Video, Inc.



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