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Bar News - March 13, 2009

2009 NHBA Candidatesí Slate: 2 Seek Public Sector Seat

The only contested race in this yearís NHBA Board of Governorsí election will be for the new Public Sector Governor seat, with Michael T. McCormack, Assistant US Attorney, and Jacki A. Smith, of the NH Public Defenderís Office, vying to serve the three-year term.

The Public Sector seat was added to the Board of Governors when changes to the NHBA Constitution and Bylaws were approved by the membership and the NH Supreme Court last year. The dedicated representation for attorneys working in public sector and public interest settings was a key recommendation of a task force that examined issues relating to the participation of and services provided to these Bar members. All active, voting members of the Bar are eligible to vote for the Public Sector Governor post, but only attorneys employed in public-sector or public-interest entities may serve in the position.

Ballots for the Board of Governorsí elections will be mailed to all active NHBA members by March 15 and are to be completed and returned to the Bar by 5 p.m. on April 15. Due to space constraints and Bar News deadline issues, the candidatesí statements will be posted on the website and will be highlighted in upcoming e-bulletins.

The following are the candidates that will appear on the ballot:

President-elect: Marilyn B. McNamara (currently Vice President, nominated by the NHBA Board of Governors).

Nominated by petition:
    Vice President:
Jennifer L. Parent
    Secretary: Peter E. Hutchins
    Treasurer: Robert R. Howard, III

Governor at Large (2 vacancies):
Susan H. Hassan
Lisa A. Wellman-Ally

Public Sector Governor (1 vacancy): 
Michael T. McCormack    
Jacki A. Smith

County Governors:
Sheila J. Burnham
Coos: John G. McCormick
Grafton: Quentin J. Blaine
Merrimack: Kenneth J. Barnes
Rockingham: Philip L. Pettis

The officers serve for one-year terms; the at-large governors for three; and the county governors are elected for two-year terms.

Under the NHBA Bylaws, the incoming NHBA President, James J. Tenn, does not appear on the ballot and the incumbent Vice President is nominated by the Board of Governors.

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