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Bar News - March 21, 2008

Jim Tenn Is Board Candidate for President-Elect

Manchester attorney James J. Tenn, Jr., heads the ballot for the 2008-2009 New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors as the Board’s nominee for President-Elect. He is currently NHBA Vice President. The current President-elect, Ellen Arnold, will take over as NHBA President at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in June, succeeding Eleanor Dahar.

Ballots recently were mailed to all active members of the Bar for the NHBA elections, with a return date of April 15. Two candidates—Marilyn McNamara and Jennifer Parent—are vying for Vice President.

Read all of the candidates’ statements.

Tenn is a trial lawyer with Tenn and Tenn, P.A. in Manchester. His practice includes personal injury, domestic relations, criminal defense, and general litigation matters. Before joining Tenn and Tenn, P.A., he was a litigation associate at McLane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton in Manchester. He earned his undergraduate degree at Boston College, summa cum laude, and received his JD from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 1991. He is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Tenn is an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the Bar Foundation. Over the past decade he has served in various capacities. In addition to serving as vice president of the Bar Association, he has served as a governor-at-large, as Hillsborough County Governor and is a past chair of the New Lawyers’ Committee. He has been a member of the Legal Services Campaign and presently serves as Chair of the Development Committee for the Bar Foundation Board.

Tenn has given his time to many other professional associations. He is the current membership chair for the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire, past president of the Manchester Bar Association, and currently serves on the Manchester Bar Association executive committee. He is a member of the New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association, and has served as governor-at-large for the Trial Lawyers Association. He is a former member of the Daniel Webster American Inn of Court.

Active in local community and charitable organizations, Tenn is a graduate of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and has served as an advisor to Manchester Community Television. He has also served as chair of the Keyspan Youth Leadership Program. In 1999, he received the Robert E. Kirby Award; and in 2001 was recognized for distinguished pro bono service for Hillsborough County – Northern District. The following is his personal statement:

"For the past year, I have been privileged to serve as vice president of the New Hampshire Bar Association. I am committed to ensuring that the Bar Association remains an effective organization for both attorneys and citizens in New Hampshire. At the time I sought office, I detailed some of the many services provided by the Bar Association, including educational and developmental programs for lawyers, promoting professionalism, and coordinating pro bono services. I am happy to report that my year of service has confirmed that the Bar Association continues to make great strides in these areas. The Association continues to advance its mission of improving the administration of justice, fostering high standards of conduct, integrity, competence, and encouraging public service.

In the coming year, I look forward to serving as President-Elect. This is a significant responsibility at a time when our system of justice, and the role of lawyers, is under scrutiny. Presently, we have more than 6,000 attorneys, comprised of active and inactive members. As the Association membership continues to expand, we face many challenges; but we also are presented with new opportunities. This past year, I have been privileged to work with many attorneys who volunteer countless hours to ensure that the Association remains a powerful voice for members. Through these volunteer efforts, the Association is well positioned to effectively respond to the challenges that confront us. As just one example, the Association continues to engage in frequent dialogue with the judiciary in order to improve access to justice and to reaffirm the critically important role attorneys serve in our justice system.

Service to the Bar Association has never been more important. In the year ahead, I look forward to working with the members of the Board of Governors to continue the Association’s efforts to advance the mission of our unified Bar. I will strive to continue to create opportunities that enhance the practice of law in our state."

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