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Bar News - January 19, 2007

Bar Foundation News - McManus Named NHBF 2007 Honorary Fellow


The New Hampshire Bar Foundation (NHBF) Board of Directors recently selected Attorney Anthony A. McManus as the 2007 Honorary Fellow, an honor bestowed on individuals who have provided significant service and leadership to the Foundation.


McManus will be the guest of honor at the NHBF Fellows and Donors Reception on Feb. 15, 2007, 5-7 p.m., in the Curriers Room, Radisson Hotel/Center of NH, Manchester, at the end of the first day of the NH Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting. NH Bar Foundation Fellows and Donors, Justice Society members, IOLTA Leadership Banks, and Justice Grant recipients are invited to this annual reception.


McManus was a Bar Foundation board member for 13 years (1988-2001), and has served as chair (2000-2001), vice chair (1999-2000) and treasurer (1991-1998).  He is a Bar Foundation Life Fellow and Justice Society Charter Member.


During his tenure on the Foundation board, McManus encouraged and participated in the formation of the Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC) in response to new restrictions placed on legal services by the federally funded Legal Services Corporation (LSC). NH Legal Assistance (NHLA) had been a recipient of LSC funds and the new restrictions would have curtailed many legal services for their low-income clients. With the establishment of LARC, LSC funds remained available to New Hampshire through the new organization and the services of NHLA remained intact.


“The remarkable thing is, board members from the Bar Foundation, the Bar Association, and NHLA got together for just two meetings to establish LARC,” says McManus. “There were no conflicts or hidden agendas; we all trusted each other. Other states also had to respond to this situation, and as I followed it elsewhere, I saw it took many months, numerous hearings, and lots of committee work for others to arrive at the same solution we found in about 10 hours.”


McManus recalls the year the Foundation had to cut funding to IOLTA grantees due to less-than-expected revenue from the IOLTA Program. He encouraged the board to consider establishing an IOLTA reserve fund to cushion the program in the future. The reserve was created shortly thereafter and is closing in on reaching its goal of $750,000. In addition, McManus was treasurer when the Foundation’s endowment was established in 1993. The endowed funds, which support the Justice Grants Program, are currently valued at $1 million, including cash and bequests. Each year a dozen or more non-profits receive Justice Grants, thus expanding access to legal services and law-related education beyond the scope of the IOLTA Grants Program.


“While attending conferences as a representative of the Bar Foundation, I found that the New Hampshire Bar Foundation was held in high regard across the country. Many were very impressed by the fact that we receive high interest rates for IOLTA based entirely on the strength of our relationships with the banks. Our leadership in the areas of support and coordination of legal services is widely recognized. New Hampshire lawyers should be very proud of the Bar Foundation,” says McManus.


Actively involved in the legal community, McManus has served many New Hampshire organizations throughout his career. A well-respected member of the Bar, McManus was born and raised in Dover. He graduated from Georgetown University and took one year of studies at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He earned his J.D. at Boston College Law School. In May 1991, he became the executive secretary of the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) which was established in 1973 to supervise the disciplinary process for judges. He is a member of the National Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel. McManus maintains a part-time law practice in Dover. Prior to joining the JCC, he practiced in the area of criminal, domestic relations, municipal, and appellate law. He currently limits his practice to real estate, wills, and contracts.


McManus served as Public Defender in Boston from 1963 until he returned to New Hampshire in 1966. He worked with Eugene Nute in Farmington until he became Dover’s City Attorney in 1967, where he served until 1973. His legal partnerships have included: McManus & Johnson (1973-83); Burns, Bryant, Hinchey, Cox & Shea (1983-85); McManus & Stiles (late 1980s); and McManus & Dolan (early 1990s). He is a member of the ABA, the NH and MA bars, and Strafford County Bar Association. He has appeared in NH and MA Federal District Courts and the US Supreme Court. He’s a former member of the NHBA Board of Governors; two-term chair of both the NH Bar Ethics Committee and the Gender Equality Committee, a member of the Professional Conduct Committee (1983-1991); and an incorporator of both NHLA and LARC.


On personal note, McManus is a singer and composer. He’s a lifelong pianist and enjoys performing weekly at the Orchard Street Chop Shop in Dover.


He is active in numerous community organizations and boards. McManus was a member of NH House (1973-78, 1979-1981) and vice-chair of the NH House Judiciary for two terms. He is presently a member of the Dover Planning Board and a director of the Pease Development Authority.



NH Bar Foundation Honorary Fellows


Anthony A. McManus 2007

Charles A. DeGrandpre 2006

Kevin Devine 2005

John Funk 2004

Hon. John T. Broderick, Jr. 2003

Jack B. Middleton 2002

David L. Nixon 2001

Joseph P. Millimet 2000

Frederic K. Upton 1999

Ernest L. Bell 1998

John R. McLane (D) 1997

Hon. William F. Batchelder 1997

Joseph M. Kerrigan 1996

William A. Grimes (D) 1996

N. Michael Plaut (D) 1995

Patti Blanchette 1995

Hon. David A. Brock 1994

Anne C. Zachos 1994

Kimon S. Zachos 1994

Richard F. Upton (D) 1993

Hon. Shane Devine (D) 1993

Arthur H. Nighswander 1992

Stanley M. Brown (D) 1992

Hon. Arthur E. Bean, Jr. 1991

Fred W. Hall, Jr. 1991

Hon. Louis C. Wyman (D) 1991

Hon. William F. Cann (D) 1991

Martin F. Loughlin 1990

Hon. Hugh H. Bownes (D) 198

John J. Sheehan (D) 1989

John W. King (D) 1988

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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