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Bar News - December 15, 2006

History of the Robert E. Kirby Award


The Robert E. Kirby Award was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Bob Kirby, a young lawyer “of great skill, civility and good humor” who died that year at the age of 35. Kirby was an attorney and partner with the Concord law firm of Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell. Shortly after his death, Bob’s colleagues and friends raised funds to establish the award at the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.


“The purpose of the award is to honor Bob’s memory and to remind all of us that decency, courtesy, and perspective neither inhibits nor defeats excellent advocacy,” said Mike Callahan in a document about the award at the time.


Since 1996, 10 lawyers, nominated by their colleagues, have been selected by a panel of judges to receive the Kirby Award. Nominations for the Robert E. Kirby award are traditionally solicited by the Bar Foundation in the fall or winter with the selection made in February. Visit the Bar Foundation’s web site for more information:, or call David Snyder, executive director, at 603-715-3255.


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