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Bar News - January 4, 2008

The Hon. John R. Maher Receives Treat Award

Judge William W. Treat, left, presenting the award to Judge John R. Maher.

In recognition of his exceptional achievements in the field of probate law, Judge John R. Maher of Portsmouth received the Treat Award at the Annual Meeting of the National College of Probate Judges in San Diego on Nov. 16. Judge Maher retired last year after serving 23 years as Probate Judge in New Hampshire and as Administrative Judge of the New Hampshire Probate Courts for 16 years.

Judge Maher helped to create the New Hampshire Probate Court Mediation Program. He is a graduate of the mediation program at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, and most recently completed the conflict skills curriculum at the Woodbury College Mediation Program in Montpelier, Vermont.

He is the 31st recipient of the Treat Award which was first established by the National College of Probate Judges in 1979. Previous recipients include Dean William Schwartz of Boston University School of Law, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court, Professor James Casner of Harvard Law School, and several prominent national attorneys and judges of probate.

Judge William W. Treat, who preceded Judge Maher as a probate judge in New Hampshire and served as the first president of the National College of Probate Judges, presented the Treat Award. "Judge Maher has had a very distinguished career in the probate judiciary, and has made major contributions as a dedicated and committed judicial professional, both in New Hampshire and nationally, through his service with the National College of Probate Judges," said Treat. Judge Maher is currently serving as editor of The Journal, the official publication of the College; he was president of the College in 2002.

The headquarters for the National College of Probate Judges is located in Williamsburg, Virginia and it meets semi-annually. It is privately financed and its membership includes probate judges from throughout the United States.

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