Bar News - July 20, 2007
Judge DiClerico: Thanks
An open letter to the officers and governors of the NH Bar Association.
It is with great humility and appreciation that I accept the 2007 Justice William Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism. This honor is one I neither expected nor anticipated.
The award has a unique significance for me because I had the privilege of serving as a law clerk to Justice Grimes, and to the other justices of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, back in 1967-68.
Judges, all the while they are in the process of judging, are also themselves being judged, by the public, the media, academia, jurors, litigants, lawyers, other judges, and ultimately by history. For a judge, no judgment is more important than being judged by his or her peers in the legal profession and that is why this award will always have a very special meaning for me. I will continue to strive to maintain the standards established by this award. I thank the officers, the Board of Governors, and the members of the New Hampshire Bar Association.
Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr.
U.S. District Court Judge
Times Have Changed
A note of appreciation—and a little legal history—sent to Anna O’Neill, NHBA Membership Records Coordinator from honorary member Ed Reichert.
Thank you for seeing me yesterday afternoon and for your valuable advice.
If I get in any trouble from now on, I will know whom to contact!
I got to thinking last night while driving back to Gorham….I was admitted to practice in NH in March 1947 or thereabouts after passing the bar exam and my first job in NH was as a law clerk or law assistant in the attorney general’s office. At that time there were just three lawyers there: Ernest D’Amours as A.G., Gordon Tiffany as assistant A.G., and me! Also, there were just three secretaries in the office, which was on the third floor over the governor’s office, which is still there. But the A.G.’s office now takes up a full separate building. And [has] a lot more lawyers.
How times have changed in the last 60 years!