Bar News - November 17, 2006
Large Turn-out for Belknap County Bar Association Annual Meeting
By: Leigh Ambrose-Willey
After a short hiatus, members of the Belknap County Bar Association reconvened on Nov. 2, 2006 at Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant in Meredith for an annual meeting dinner. The event brought together 75 judges and attorneys from Belknap County and beyond, including the Hon. Larry Smukler, presiding justice of the Belknap County Superior Court; the Hon. David Huot, presiding justice of Laconia District Court; the Hon. Edward Gordon, presiding justice of Franklin District Court; Dorcas Gordon, attorney with Wescott Millham & Dyer in Laconia and the Belknap County Governor to the New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA); and Paul Normandin, of Normandin, Cheney & O’Neil in Laconia, who was recently recognized by the NHBA for 50 years of distinguished service as an attorney.
Past President Ed Philpot of Laconia led the business part of the meeting. He thanked those in attendance and reflected on his term before the nominations for officers were announced by Nominating Committee Chair Peter Millham, of Wescott Millham & Dyer in Laconia. Suzanne Rock of Laconia was unanimously elected president. She discussed her plans to re-energize the Belknap County Bar Association through activities such as CLEs led by Belknap County attorneys to be held within the county. The other newly elected officers are: Vice-President Robert Hunt of Gilford; Treasurer Mike Persson, Lawson & Persson of Laconia; and Secretary Leigh Ambrose-Willey, Wescott Millham & Dyer of Laconia.
NHBA President Richard McNamara attended the event and spoke about ongoing efforts of the state bar association.
For many of the attendees the meeting was an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues in a casual atmosphere. For the newest admittees, it was an opportunity to introduce themselves to the more experienced members of the Bar, as well as to sign the “book.” Entitled Records, Belknap County Bar, the book is currently in the closely guarded possession of Attorney Rodney Dyer, of Wescott Millham & Dyer of Laconia, and dates back to the days of Abraham Lincoln. It has been signed by a vast majority of the attorneys who have practiced in Belknap County since 1865.