Bar News - December 15, 2006
Portrait Celebrates Chief Justice Brock’s Contribution to NH Justice
By: Beverly Rorick
The unveiling of the portrait of the Hon. David Allen Brock, retired chief justice of the NH Supreme Court, brought together a group of friends and colleagues in the justice system to praise a man described by the Hon. William F. Batchelder as, “having a sense of decency, even in little matters.”
At the Supreme Court, on the evening of Nov. 20, 2006, the presentation of the portrait reflected the diligent efforts of committee co-chairs Attorneys Ronald L. Snow, of Orr & Reno in Concord, and David H. Bradley, of Stebbins Bradley Harvey Miller & Brooks in Hanover. In fact, their fund-raising efforts were so successful that there was money left over for other projects (see sidebar article).
Current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John T. Broderick said of the guest of honor: “David Brock was chief justice for 23 years—actually, the only chief justice I ever worked with….He took his position so seriously, knowing that he was empowered to decide the fate of other people’s lives. None of the cases that came before him were just cases; he treated everyone with respect and concern.” One of the things Broderick learned from Brock, he said, was “to be fearless when that’s required.”
Batchelder, retired associate justice of the Supreme Court, spoke humorously about several past chief justices. On a more serious note, he had high praise for Frank Rowe Kenison: “His role in constitutionalizing the judiciary was so important—he made it top-notch—and worked in the NH House for equal justice for all, the poor as well as the rich.”
Batchelder went on to speak of Brock as a good family man; he mentioned, too, Brock’s strong educational background. “He has played an immense role in the history of justice in New Hampshire….Justice Brock’s jurisprudence will be measured by the primacy he gave to constitutional cases.”
Brock himself spoke only briefly, expressing his deep appreciation for all those who had a part in the fund-raising for the portrait and to those who took part in the presentation. He said he was enjoying his retirement. “I have the time now to devote to many other things.”
The unveiling of the portrait was followed by a reception held in the Supreme Court conference room. The portrait now hangs in the Supreme Court lobby, to the right of the entry doors to the courtroom.