Bar News - March 21, 2008
A Thank You to Governor Lynch
By: Eleanor Dahar
The New Hampshire Bar Association was fortunate to have the Honorable John Lynch, Governor of New Hampshire, as the speaker at the Midyear Meeting Lunch.
At the invitation of NHBA President Eleanor Dahar, Gov. Lynch addressed 200 members of the Bar at the Midyear Meeting, discussing the state budget, education and other initiatives to improve the business climate.
Gov. John Lynch (left) and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick share an inter-branch moment at the Midyear Meeting luncheon. Visible in the foreground are former NHBA President George Moore (left) and Manchester attorney Eugene Van Loan.
Governor Lynch addressed a record crowd of 200 Bar members about the future of education and the exciting opportunities ahead for students. He compared the way he and the majority of other attorneys in the room had studied with how students study today. The difference that technology has made in learning for today’s (and tomorrow’s) students is amazing and the volume of information available to them is overwhelming.
In his remarks, the Governor singled out attorneys Jill Blackmer and Philip Waystack, co-chairs of the Judicial Selection Commission, praising their leadership. He said the panel’s assistance in screening judicial candidates has been invaluable. The commission publicizes vacancies, reviews applications and interviews candidates, and then provides a short list of candidates for the governor to choose from in making a judicial nomination. "The commission has been doing a great job in assisting us in filling these important positions," the governor said. He encouraged Bar members to consider applying.
He also discussed the challenges that state government is facing in putting together a budget, and recalled his experiences dealing with financial issues while in the private sector. He said that in addition to monitoring spending, his administration supports initiatives to improve the state’s business climate, and, as a consequence, raise incomes and business tax revenues. He mentioned tax credits for research and development, and cutting the insurance premium tax. He also alluded to the development of a new health care plan for small businesses that would emphasize more preventive health aspects and cost-effective health care – areas that could produce better health outcomes and restrain health care cost increases.
Following lunch, the Governor remained and shared dessert and coffee with Bar members, answering questions and discussing issues. Members enjoyed the luncheon presentation and the extra time they were able to spend with Governor Lynch.
The New Hampshire Bar Association thanks Governor Lynch for speaking at the Midyear Meeting. Thanks also go out to his staff, Mike Delaney and Amanda Schank, for helping with the arrangements.