Bar News - October 20, 2006
Court Reporters Award Nixon, Raiche Legal Team
During its annual meeting last month, the New Hampshire Court Reporters Association honored two attorneys and a retired judge who went to bat for the Superior Court reporters during their fight to retain their jobs.
David L. Nixon, Leslie C. Nixon, and retired Justice Martin F. Loughlin, all of Nixon, Raiche, Manning & Vogelman in Manchester, were presented the association’s 2006 Distinguished Service Award during a ceremony on Sept. 9. The team received a clock and plaque to be kept at the firm.
“The enthusiasm you displayed and the warmth you extended to the reporters during those troubling times gave reporters everywhere the courage to fight for their jobs, but most importantly the courage to speak out,” Diane Churas, president of the NH Court Reporters Association said to the team.
The three attorneys successfully represented the Official Court Reporters in a difficult lawsuit against the court system that took almost two years to resolve. The case was brought after the Judicial Branch announced in March 2004 that it would terminate its shorthand court reporters and rely exclusively on electronic recording. Court reporters believed that the integrity of the record was threatened by this decision. In addition, they were troubled because they had been promised, both verbally and in writing, that their jobs would not be threatened by recording technology.