Bar News - March 7, 2008
Statement of Jennifer L. Parent, Candidate for Vice President
I am seeking the opportunity to serve as Vice President of the New Hampshire Bar Association to make a positive difference for my colleagues in the Bar.
We all face enormous challenges in the practice of law. Technology continually transforms how we practice and our communications with others. We daily navigate the changes in the rules of practice. In the tradition of service in New Hampshire, we embark on the call to provide more pro bono services and volunteer time to alternative dispute resolution. At a time when demands have never been greater on us, I am hopeful that I can work to make a difference on behalf of a New Hampshire lawyer.
For the last four years, I have served on the Board of Governors as the Hillsborough North Representative. Since 1996, I have served as a member of the New Lawyer's Committee, chairing the Committee for a year. I have been actively involved in the Bench and Bar Meet and Greet for newer lawyers, numerous outreach programs, and representation of the Bar's newer lawyers on a national level at the American Bar Association. I have had the opportunity to participate in the Bar Association's Leadership Conferences at Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain. The Bar Association plays an important role in addressing the challenges and opportunities of our profession and these conferences focused on involvement and vital leadership to meet the future of our profession.
During my service to the Bar Association, and through other aspects of my professional life with the NH Women's Bar Association and local bars, I have gained a better understanding of the issues facing lawyers and our profession. I am dedicated to our experienced members and to increasing the involvement of newer lawyers in our Bar. I am impressed by the many dedicated lawyers who have offered their time to the profession through the mentor program, Rule 170, and Bar Association sections and committees, and to the public through pro bono service, law related education programs, and community service. In 2003, I was honored to receive the Robert E. Kirby Award and daily look for ways to achieve the standards of collegiality and professionalism that the award promotes.
I look forward to the opportunity of serving as Vice President of the New Hampshire Bar Association to meet the challenges and to enhance the opportunities we face in our profession. I am committed to working to preserve the best of the traditions of practicing law in New Hampshire and to serving better the needs of our members of the Bar Association and the communities in which we practice and live. I believe I can assist New Hampshire lawyers in these endeavors and hope you will consider supporting me for election.
Statement of Marilyn B. McNamara, Candidate for Vice President