Bar News - January 5, 2007
New Lawyers Committee: New Bar Members ‘Meet and Greet’ Judges, Mentors
By: Beverly Rorick
Among the 219 attendees at the NH Bar Association-sponsored “Bench and Bar Meet and Greet,” held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on Dec. 13, there were 160 new lawyers. Rose Anocibar, NHBA Member Services Coordinator, and Jaye Rancourt, chair of the New Lawyers Committee, said they were delighted with the large turn-out this year.
Twenty-nine members of the judiciary, nine Board of Governors members, several New Lawyers Committee members, and NHBA staff also participated in this annual welcoming event.
Attendee Ralph Giangregorio, a member of the New Lawyers Committee, said that he appreciates the mentor program of the New Hampshire Bar Association. “You have someone you can always go to, not just a volunteer for that moment or that occasion.”
Speaking briefly, NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John T. Broderick urged new Bar members to become involved in providing “justice for all the citizens of New Hampshire, no matter what their financial status.” Broderick said he believes the greatest need in New Hampshire’s legal system is proper representation for those who currently go into court pro se. “There must not be two separate justice systems. Please call the Pro Bono department at your Bar Association; speak to Ginny Martin and offer to take just one case. It can make such a difference.”
Judge Stephen J. McAuliffe, of the U.S. District Court, District of New Hampshire, also spoke to the group. “When you’re new, you have an excuse for not knowing what you’re doing—take advantage of that!” he said jokingly. “But there’s lots of help.”