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Bar News - April 4, 2008

NHWBA Celebrates Women Trailblazers in Law

Celebrating ten years of supporting the advancement and interests of women in the legal community, the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA), the first and only such association in the state, will recognize six women as trailblazers in the law at its anniversary gala. The gala will be held at 6 p.m. April 10, 2008, at C. R. Sparks Restaurant in Bedford, NH.

All six honorees have achieved outstanding success in their professional lives, but have also been great sources of support and encouragement to their female colleagues. Such contributions are the bases for their recognition.

Kelly A. Ayotte is the first female New Hampshire Attorney General. Hon. Jean K. Burling is the first woman attorney to be appointed to a judicial position in New Hampshire and thereafter served every level of the state courts, including as a substitute justice of the Supreme Court. Hon. Susan B. Carbon chairs the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Task Force on Women in the Bar and authored its seminal 1993 report on gender equality. Hon. Linda S. Dalianis is the first woman to hold a seat on the NH Supreme Court. Maureen Raiche Manning and Jennifer L. Parent were both founders of the NHWBA, as well as its first and second presidents, respectively.

Founded in May 1998, the NHWBA’s mission is to promote and support the advancement and interests of women in the legal community through leadership, professional interaction, education and the exchange of ideas between its members and the community.

The gala’s keynote speaker will be Pamela J. Roberts, chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession. The Commission was created in August 1987 to assess the status of women in the legal profession, identifying barriers to advancement and recommending corrective actions to the ABA. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first chair of the Commission, issued a groundbreaking 1988 report revealing that women lawyers were not advancing at a satisfactory rate. The Commission continues its work championing equality for women lawyers today.

Tickets to the gala are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

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