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Bar News - March 9, 2007

James Tenn Seeks NHBA Vice President Position


James J. Tenn, Jr., currently a NH Bar Association governor-at-large, is running uncontested for the position of vice president. Tenn is a trial lawyer with Tenn and Tenn in Manchester. He was previously a litigation associate at McLane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton.


Tenn received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, graduating summa cum laude. He received his J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1991 and joined the NH Bar that same year. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in New Hampshire and in Massachusetts, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Over the past decade, Tenn has served in various capacities for both the NH Bar Association and the Bar Foundation. He has been Hillsborough County Delegate to the Bar Association and is a past chair of the New Lawyers Committee; he has also been a member of the Legal Services Campaign and presently serves on the Pro Bono Advisory Board. He is also chair of the Development Committee for the Bar Foundation Board.


In 1999, Tenn received the Robert E. Kirby Award, which is given to a lawyer under 35 who exhibits the traits of civility, courtesy, perspective and excellent advocacy. In 2001 he was recognized for distinguished pro bono service for Hillsborough County—Northern District.


Tenn has given his time to many other professional endeavors as well. He is the current membership chair for the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire, serves on the Manchester Bar Association executive committee and is a member of the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past president of the Manchester Bar Association, has served as governor-at-large for the Trial Lawyers Association and is a former member of the Daniel Webster American Inn of Court.


Statement of Intent
by James J. Tenn, Jr.


I am seeking to serve as Vice-President of the New Hampshire Bar Association because I am committed to ensuring that the Bar Association remains an effective organization for both attorneys and citizens in New Hampshire.


The practice of law in New Hampshire is exciting. The law is ever-changing, and the profession is continually examining innovative approaches to our system of justice. At the same time, the demands of law practice have never been greater. Representation of our clients requires that as lawyers we keep abreast of the substantive and procedural changes in the law and that we navigate the technological changes in practice. In addition, New Hampshire lawyers are called upon to give of their time and talent in pro bono matters, public service positions, and charitable work—things so many New Hampshire lawyers do without hesitation. Despite the strong tradition of service here in New Hampshire, lawyers and the legal profession often confront public scrutiny and skepticism.


Amidst this time of change and challenge, the Bar Association serves lawyers and members of the public alike. For lawyers, no matter the area of the law in which we practice and no matter the size of our firms, the Bar Association helps to unite and support us. The Bar Association provides the many educational and developmental programs that we as lawyers need to continue providing high-level legal services. In addition, the Bar Association promotes professionalism—both formally and informally—among its members, and plays a critical role as an intermediary between the members of the Bar and the Judiciary.


Our unified Bar Association also coordinates the majority of pro bono services in our state. The Bar Association is an essential resource and liaison to the communities in which we work and live. For members of the public, the Bar Association provides valuable educational information about the legal system in New Hampshire, as well as helping to connect citizens with attorneys who provide pro bono and reduced-fee services.


For these reasons, I have made Bar Association work a priority in my practice. I presently serve as Governor-at-Large to the Board of Governors. I have previously served as the Hillsborough County delegate to the Bar Association and have chaired the New Lawyers Committee. During my service to the Bar Association, I have been involved in a variety of projects, including the New Lawyer Mentor Program and Outreach Programs sponsored by the Bar Association. I have been impressed by the many skilled attorneys and dedicated persons who have worked to advance the cause of justice in our state.


I am seeking the office of Vice-President of the New Hampshire Bar Association because the mission of our unified Bar is critically important. At this time in the profession, we certainly are confronted with challenges; but also, we have great opportunities. The Bar Association must make certain that it continues to evolve so that it can remain useful and productive for its members. Equally as important, the Bar Association is challenged to be an ambassador of the profession and to be a meaningful community resource. I am committed to helping the Bar Association fully meet those challenges in the years ahead, and I look forward to creating opportunities that will enhance the practice of law in our state.


Slate of Candidates for the NHBA 2007 Elections


President-Elect:           Ellen L. Arnold

Vice-President:            James J. Tenn, Jr.

Secretary:                    Gretchen L. Witt

Treasurer:                    Robert R. Howard, III



(3-year term)                  Lawrence A. Vogelman

                                    Paul C. Remus

                                    Marilyn B. McNamara


County Governor:                   

(2-year term)

Cheshire                       Maria P. Gavin

Coos                             David P. Carlson

Grafton                          Quentin Blaine

Merrimack                     Andrew M. Mierins

Rockingham                  Robert T. Mittelholzer

Strafford                        Timothy M. Harrington



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