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Bar News - November 3, 2006

‘Exceptional Woman’ Keshen Receives Ricker Award


 Judge McGuire and Atty Keshen

From left to right, Superior Court Judge Kathleen McGuire and Barbara Keshen, NH Civil Liberties Union attorney and recipient of the 2006 Marilla Ricker Award.

 Atty Keshen with Women's Bar President Brown

Barbara Keshen, right, with Women’s Bar President Katherine Brown, left.

Superior Court Judge Kathleen McGuire presented Barbara Keshen, staff attorney for the NH Civil Liberties Union, with the 2006 Marilla Ricker Award at the NH Women’s Bar Association fall reception on Oct. 19. A long-time friend and fellow-worker of Keshen’s, McGuire spoke warmly and humorously of their many years as associates in the legal system. “Several times we were even mistaken for each other,” she said with a laugh. “I was often called ‘Barbara’ and when I became a judge, she was greeted as ‘Judge McGuire.’”


Keshen said she was surprised and gratified by the award and went on to describe the many ways in which she felt women had made a difference to the legal profession, not only for the usual gender equality reasons, but also simply because they brought with them a woman’s point of view.


The Ricker Award celebrates Marilla Ricker, the woman who won the right for women to practice law in NH. The award committee felt that Keshen, a former prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Office and a public defender for 14 years, epitomized the professional excellence represented by the award.







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