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Bar News - February 13, 2009


NH Supreme Court Orders

LD-2008-0009
In the Matter of Dennis M. O’Driscoll

Order dated December 9, 2008 is vacated in part. The order is being reissued to provide notice to Attorney O’Driscoll at a new forwarding address and to recalculate filing deadlines.

On December 3, 2008, the Attorney Discipline Office filed a certified copy of the November 8, 2006 order of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County (Massachusetts) suspending Attorney Dennis M. O’Driscoll from the practice of law in Massachusetts for an indefinite period. In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 37(12) and (16), the court orders as follows:

(1) Copies of this order and of the November 8, 2006 order of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County shall be served on Attorney O’Driscoll by first class mail and certified mail, return receipt requested. A copy of this order shall also be sent to the Professional Conduct Committee by first class mail.

(2) Attorney O’Driscoll is immediately suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire on an interim basis pending proceedings in accordance with Rule 37(12) and (16) and further order of this court.

(3) On or before December 21, 2008, Attorney O’Driscoll may request a hearing, to be scheduled within 30 days of this order, at which the Attorney Discipline Office shall have the burden of persuading the court that interim suspension is necessary for the protection of the public and the preservation of the integrity of the legal profession. See Rule 37(16)(f).

(4) Within 30 days of service of this order, Attorney O’Driscoll and the Professional Conduct Committee shall inform the court if they contend that the imposition of discipline identical or substantially similar to that imposed by the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County would be unwarranted, and if they so contend, of the reasons for their contention.

(5) Rule 37(12)(d) authorizes the court to impose discipline identical or similar to the discipline imposed by the Supreme Judicial Court of Suffolk County unless Attorney O’Driscoll or the Professional Conduct Committee demonstrates, or the court finds, based upon one of the grounds as set forth in Rule 37(12)(d), that imposition of identical or substantially similar discipline would be unwarranted.

Broderick, C.J., and Dalianis, Duggan, Galway and Hicks, JJ., concurred.

DATE: December 11, 2008
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


LD-2008-0002
In the Matter of Thomas L. Tessier

On December 23, 2008, the Attorney Discipline office, through disciplinary counsel, and Attorney Thomas J. Tessier, personally and through counsel, filed a Consent to Disbarment in which Attorney Tessier agreed to disbarment by the court. In agreeing to disbarment, Attorney Tessier, voluntarily and with the advice of counsel, waived his right to a hearing on the charges brought against him, waived all of his due process rights on the matters pending against him, and waived all of his procedural rights under Supreme Court Rules 37 and 37A.

Having reviewed the parties’stipulation, the court grants the consent to disbarment and orders that Attorney Tessier be disbarred.

THEREFORE, the court orders that Thomas J. Tessier be disbarred from the practice of 1aw in New Hampshire. Attorney Tessier is hereby assessed all expenses incurred by the Professional Conduct Committee in the investigation and prosecution of this matter.

Broderick, C.J., and Dalianis, Galwav and Hicks, JJ.. concurred.

DATE: December 24, 2008
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


In accordance with authority granted in RSA 490-D:5, the Supreme Court orders that the Goffstown family division shall become operational effective January 16, 2009. The Goffstown District Court will house the family division site for Goffstown. The geographic jurisdiction of the family division in Goffstown shall be as set forth in RSA 490-D:4 XVI(b).

January 7, 2009
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


In accordance with RSA 490-D:6, the supreme court designates the Honorable Robert S. Stephen to serve as a family division judge. This designation shall take effect immediately.

January 7, 2009
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
New Hampshire Supreme Court


In accordance with RSA 490-D:6, the supreme court designates the Honorable Albert H. Weeks to serve as a family division judge. This designation shall take effect immediately.

February 3, 2009
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
New Hampshire Supreme Court

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