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Bar News - March 23, 2007

NHBA 2007-08 Elections: Ellen Arnold and James Tenn Seek Top Spots



NHBA Vice President Ellen L. Arnold tops the ballot as candidate for president-elect in the 2007-08 Board of Governors elections. James J. Tenn, Jr. is running for vice president while Gretchen L. Witt runs for secretary and Robert R. Howard, III for treasurer. All are unopposed. There are also three members vying for the two governor-at-large positions (3-year terms)óand six openings for county governor must be filled (2-year terms).


Ballots were mailed in mid-March to all active members of the Bar; and must be returned by the close of business on Monday, April 16.


Current President-Elect Eleanor Wm Dahar, of Manchester, will receive the presidentís gavel from President Richard B. McNamara at the 2007 NHBA Annual Meeting at The Balsams Hotel, to be held June 22-24. (According to Section 1-a of the NHBA By Laws, the president-elect automatically succeeds to the presidency upon the expiration of the Presidentís term.)


A graduate of Boston College Law School, Eleanor Dahar was admitted to the NH Bar in 1988 and is also licensed to practice in Massachusetts. She is a litigation attorney in practice with her father, Victor Dahar, Sr., and her two brothers, Victor, Jr., and Saheed, in Manchester. Dahar has served as secretary of the NHBA and as an at-large member of the Board of Governors and is a member of the NH Bar Foundation Board of Directors.


Ellen L. Arnold, associate general counsel for Dartmouth College, generally handles land-use planning and zoning issues, environmental law, construction contracting, disability law, and student affairs. Before joining the college in 2001, Arnold was a litigation partner at McLane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton where her practice included representation of public and private clients in land use, environmental, and government regulatory matters.


She has also served as special counsel to Gov. Judd Gregg and as legal counsel for the state Senate. Arnold is the special justice of the Henniker District Court and a Grafton County Family Division justice. She received her B.A. degree in government from Skidmore College and her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center; she has been a member of the NH Bar since 1977.


Arnold has served on the boards of the New Hampshire Womenís Bar Association and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, and co-chaired the NHBA Work-Life Creed Committee, and was a member of the NH Supreme Courtís Commission on the Status of the Legal Profession.


James J. Tenn is presently a Bar Association governor-at-large. A trial lawyer with Tenn and Tenn in Manchester, he is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in New Hampshire and Massachusettsóand before the U.S. Supreme Court. Tenn graduated summa cum laude from Boston College and earned his J.D. from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He has been a member of the NH Bar since 1991. In 1999 Tenn received the NH Bar Foundationís Robert E. Kirby Award which honors a lawyer under 35 who exhibits civility, courtesy, perspective and excellent advocacy.


Tenn has also been recognized for his pro bono work in Hillsborough County and has served in many capacities in both the NHBA and the Bar Foundation, among them chair of the Development Committee for the Foundation and as a member of both the Pro Bono Advisory Board and the Legal Services Campaign. He has been the Hillsborough County governor on the Board of Governors and is a past chair of the New Lawyers Committee.


Tenn has given of 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.


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