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Bar News - December 14, 2007

Katharine Daly Retires from NH Human Rights Commission


Katherine Daly recieves Gov. Lynch's commendation, read by Roxanne Juliano

Katharine Daly, former Executive Director of the NH Human Rights Commission, retired Nov. 30, 2007.  On Nov. 29 in the Atrium at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, she was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the cause of human rights in New Hampshire. 


Daly, who has been a member of the NH Bar since 1982, began her career as an attorney with Upton, Sanders & Smith.  In 1989 she started her own practice, working part-time from 1989 to 1994 for the State Dept. of Education.  Daly became an investigator for the Human Rights Commission in 1994 and then assistant director in 1998.  In 1999 she became executive director, a position which she held until her retirement.


At the retirement gathering, Kenneth C. Brown, a NH superior court judge who was formerly chair of the Commission, praised Daly for her diligent work and spoke of her devotion not only to the job, but to the people she served throughout the state.  Roxanne Juliano, assistant director of the Commission, presented Daly with a commendation from Gov. John Lynch (see picture) and former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen also spoke of her unflagging concern for the least petitioner to come before the Commission.


In part, Gov. Lynch’s commendation read: “Whereas. Throughout her career with the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, Katharine Daly has worked tirelessly to support the Commission’s mandate to prevent and eliminate discrimination in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation in New Hampshire….Now therefore, I, John B. Lynch, Governor of the state of New Hampshire, do commend Katharine A. Daly for her commitment to preventing discrimination, and for her service to the citizens of New Hampshire.”


Bar News will be featuring an in-depth interview with Katharine Daly in an up-coming issue. 


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