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Bar News - October 17, 2008


Morning Mail

A Thank You to Supportive Fellow Members

This letter is written to thank and to acknowledge the Cheshire County attorneys who immediately came to my aid after I suffered two debilitating falls earlier this year, one of which badly shattered my right ankle and the other broke my C-2 cervical vertebra.

When news of my misfortune spread, a group of local attorneys gathered in my law office, divided my pending caseload, and worked pro bono on my behalf during my time of disability. The names of those attorneys, who assisted me in my time of need, are:

Michael P. Bentley
Mary Louise Caffrey
James R. Davis
Maria P. Gavin
Douglas F. Green
Thomas R. Hanna
Joseph S. Hoppock
Susan Lachman
Silas Little
John C. Norton
Kathleen O’Donnell
Theodore H. Parent
Richard L. Pennington
Audrey L. Reagan
Gary H. Sheldon
Albert H. Weeks
John D. Wrigley

A few of those attorneys deserve special attention. Michael Bentley and Doug Green set the wheels in motion and organized the meeting. John Norton devised a special letter to all my active clients, explaining the situation and obtaining their individual consents to proceed with their matters as described. Ted Parent, who practices across the hall from me, not only had the original idea and took more than his share of the case load, but he also provided an unfailing resource to my office assistant while she struggled mightily to hold my office together during my period of recuperation.

In addition, many more from the legal community in Cheshire County, not only attorneys, but also the court clerks and staff, the bailiffs, etc. and those from across the state conveyed their best wishes and offered their assistance in any way during my time of need. Your kind thoughts and prayers were very appreciated and worked!

I am on my way to complete recovery from my injuries and working my way back to full time. I have been a lawyer in Cheshire County for 22 years and I do not believe that I have ever understood fully what it means to practice law in small-town New Hampshire, until now. I will never forget the help I received during my period of need and I will never stop appreciating what it means to have the collegiality and support of my fellow professionals.

Thanks again.

Sincerely,
Gregory Martin

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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