Bar News - September 8, 2006
Siff Holmes Becomes Family Division Administrator
Brigette Siff Holmes, former director of the Social Justice Institute
at Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC), has taken a position with the NH Court System as a Family Division administrator. She replaces Susan W. Ashley, who has become a part-time district court judge and will be leaving the Family Division later in the year to assume her judicial post in Rochester. Siff Holmes joins Gina B. Apicelli as one of two Family Division administrators.
Brigette Siff Holmes|
Brigette Siff Holmes
“I have greatly enjoyed the past seven years at Pierce Law,” said Siff Holmes, who began her new duties on Sept. 7. “It is wrenching to leave people and projects I care so deeply about, [but] I am excited about joining the Family Division and using my legal training and experience to help improve access to justice for families and children in New Hampshire.”
Earlier this year, Siff Holmes was named “Lawyer of the Year” for 2006 b y the Merrimack County Bar Association; she was honored her for her long record of public service, and “because Siff Holmes, and the body of work she promotes, touches the lives of ordinary people in very fundamental ways.”
“I am thrilled to be joined in this position by Brigette,” said new colleague Apicelli. “I have heard so many wonderful things about her from my colleagues in and out of the judicial branch. I am confident she will be a great fit for the Family Division.”
Siff Holmes served as a public defender in Alaska before moving to New Hampshire. She joined the NH Bar in 1988 and from then until 1992 she represented indigent clients. She developed the first Alternate Dispute Resolution Program in Merrimack County.
Joining Pierce Law in June 2000 to head the Social Justice Institute, Siff Holmes spent much of her time encouraging students to pursue careers in public interest law, and was active in raising funds to support the Institute and its programs.
She believes that the Social Justice Institute and the Public Interest Coalition (which funds student fellowships to assist legal aid efforts to the disadvantaged) are both strong and will remain so. Said Siff Holmes, “I would like to thank everyone for the generous and enthusiastic support given to the public interest efforts of our students through the years. I know you will continue that support, as will I.”