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Bar News - January 4, 2008

Nashua’s Joseph Laplante Becomes US Judge

On Dec. 14, the US Senate unanimously confirmed the nomination of Joseph N. Laplante to fill a vacancy on the US District Court in New Hampshire created by the retirement of Judge Joseph A. DiClerico, Jr.

Laplante had been serving as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Concord office. He was nominated last June. The formal swearing in ceremony has not yet been scheduled.

A Nashua native who earned a law degree from Georgetown University in 1990, Laplante began his legal career at Wiggin & Nourie in Manchester. In 1993, he joined the NH Attorney General’s office and after five years, moved to the US Department of Justice, where he worked in a variety of assignments in Concord and Boston.

Throughout his legal career, Laplante was active in the NHBA, serving on several committees and as chair of the New Lawyers’ Committee and the Committee on Professionalism, and as a faculty member for several NHBA CLE programs. He also wrote for the NH Bar Journal and Bar News. In 2002, he was the recipient of the NH Bar Foundation’s Robert E. Kirby Award, presented to a lawyer 35 years or younger, for excellent advocacy and professionalism.

"He brings to the position tremendous skills; he is fair, honest, very thoughtful, and most importantly, he will make sure that people who come before the bench in New Hampshire are treated with the even-handedness that they expect when they’re in a court," said Sen. Gregg in announcing the Senate’s vote.

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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