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Bar News - February 8, 2008

April 10 Gala Will Mark NHWBA Tenth Anniversary



Joceline D. Champagne

Kristen A. Mendoza
The New Hampshire Womenís Bar Association (NHWBA), the stateís first and only statewide womenís bar association, will be celebrating its tenth anniversary in May 2008.  The NHWBA was incorporated on May 14, 1998 as the result of an overwhelming consensus by women attorneys throughout the state that the womenís county bar groups should unite to establish a statewide association  The incorporators of the new group were Maureen Raiche Manning, Jennifer L. Parent, Joy V. Riddell, Claudia C. Damon, and Julie Introcaso.


During its first ten years, the NHWBA has striven to meet its mission of promoting and supporting the advancement and interests of women in the legal community. Outstanding women attorneys are recognized each year through the Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award and the NHWBA honored the first 100 women admitted to practice in New Hampshire at a dinner in 2002. The association also provides a scholarship, jointly with Franklin Pierce Law Center, to female law students. Over the years, the association has invited numerous locally recognized and nationally known speakers to meet with its members on topics of interest to women lawyers.


As part of the celebration of its tenth anniversary, the NHWBA will be hosting a gala dinner on April 10, 2008 at C.R. Sparks, in Bedford, New Hampshire. In keeping with its tradition of publicly recognizing the extraordinary women in the New Hampshire legal profession, the NHWBA will be honoring six women attorneys who have been trailblazers, breaking down barriers to womenís success in the law. Nominated by their peers, these honorees are:


  • Maureen Raiche Manning, past president and incorporator of the NHWBA;
  • Jennifer L. Parent, past president and incorporator of the NHWBA;
  • Kelly A. Ayotte, first woman Attorney General of New Hampshire;
  • Hon. Jean K. Burling, first woman lawyer appointed to the New Hampshire bench;
  • Hon. Susan B. Carbon, past president of the New Hampshire Bar Association;
  • Hon. Linda S. Dalianis, first woman to serve on the New Hampshire Supreme Court.


Not only has each of these women achieved outstanding success in her own professional life, but each has also been a great source of support and encouragement to her female colleagues. It is this demonstrated commitment to not just their own success but to the success of their colleagues that is the basis of their recognition at the April 10th gala.


The dinner will conclude with a keynote speech by Pamela Roberts, Chair of the American Bar Associationís Commission on Women in the Profession. The Commission is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary and will premier a presentation entitled, ďVoting with the Stars: Oral Histories of Women Trailblazers in the Law,Ē at the ABA midyear meeting in February. Ms. Roberts has also served on the ABAís Board of Governors and is a former member of the Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession (now the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession).

Help the NHWBA celebrate this milestone year by attending the gala and becoming a member of the organization.  The NHWBA is open to all those who want to support and promote the advancement and interests of women in the legal profession.  To join, you must either be a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, an attorney admitted in another state, a law student, or a paralegal.  Benefits of membership include networking opportunities, receipt of the NHWBA newsletter, inclusion in the membership and resource directory, use of the lending library, and discounts to NHWBA CLE seminars and other programs. 

Other events planned for the coming year include the annual work/life balance stress-relief clinic, a workshop on overcoming wage disparity, to be presented in collaboration with the WAGE (Women Are Getting Even) Project, an evening presentation on the new Lawyers Assistance Program, and a number of other social and educational events.

Donít miss your opportunity to be a part of the NHWBA at this exciting time in the organizationís history.  For more information or to download an enrollment form, please visit  To purchase tickets to the gala or for information about sponsorship opportunities for the event, please contact Kristin Mendoza at 695-8576 or


Joceline Champagne is Project Coordinator of the NH Pro Bono Referral Programís Low-Income Taxpayer Project and Kristin Mendoza is an associate at Devine, Millimet & Branch, PA, in Manchester, NH.  Both women currently serve on the board of the New Hampshire Womenís Bar Association.


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