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Bar News - October 6, 2006

Barbara Keshen To Receive Women’s Bar Award

The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association will present the Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award to Barbara Keshen at its annual fall reception on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Common Man restaurant in Concord.


 Barbara Keshen
Barbara Keshen

       The award honors an outstanding woman lawyer in New Hampshire who has achieved professional excellence; paved the way to success for other women lawyers; advanced opportunities for women in the profession; or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women.

        Keshen, recently hired by the NH Civil Liberties Union as its first staff attorney, was admitted to the NH Bar in 1977. She was previously honored by the Women’s Bar Association as one of New Hampshire’s First 100 Women Lawyers.  The Ricker Award committee, chaired by Manchester lawyer Maureen Raiche Manning, found that Keshen exemplifies what this award stands for; that is she has achieved professional excellence, spent many years working and mentoring other lawyers and is highly respected by her colleagues, advisors and the judiciary. Keshen was nominated for the award by Superior Court Associate Justice Kathleen Maguire and Jacalyn Colburn, director of legal services at the New Hampshire Public Defender.


        Keshen was a former prosecutor with the Attorney General’s office and worked 14 years as a NH Public Defender.  

        The award is named for the woman who, in 1890, with all NH Supreme Court justices concurring, won the right for women lawyers to practice in New Hampshire.

        Last year’s award recipient was Mary Pilkington-Casey, an attorney and Franklin Pierce Law Center professor.


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