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Bar News - June 12, 2009

NH Bar Foundation Welcomes Full House for Annual Dinner

Jaye Rancourt, the recipient of the 2009 Robert J. Kirby Award, stands with NH Bar Foundation Executive Director David Snyder at the 2009 Bar Foundation Dinner at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Richard Guerriero, left, and Jacalyn Colburn, center, of the NH Public Defenderís Office stand with NH Bar Foundation Executive Director David Snyder holding the Frank Rowe Kenison Award, which they received at the 2009 Bar Foundation Annual Dinner.
The NH Bar Foundation recently held its Annual Dinner at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, where more than 200 attorneys turned out to enjoy time with colleagues, to watch the presentation of the Kirby and Kenison Awards, and to hear a keynote presentation from NH Charitable Foundation Director Lou Feldstein.

The 2009 Robert J. Kirby Award, first established in 1996 to honor the memory of Bob Kirby, recognizes lawyers, age 35 and under, who exhibit "great skill, civility, and good humor" in the practice of law, was presented to Jaye Rancourt of Brennan, Caron, Lenehan & Iacopino in Manchester.

"There is no question in my mind that Jaye will be an excellent recipient of this award. Bob Kirby was a person with whom I had a very unique and positive relationship. Jaye Rancourt is cut from the same cloth," said William Brennan in his nomination letter.

The 2009 Frank Rowe Kenison Award was presented to Richard Guerriero and Jacalyn Colburn, both of the NH Public Defenderís Office, and was presented for the first time to public sector attorneys. The Kenison Award recognizes individuals within the legal profession who make substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice or through the advancement of legal thought.

"The professionalism of these two attorneys, their contributions to indigent defense, and their influence in promoting the ideals of equal justice for all, justify their sharing this honor," wrote Christopher M. Keating, executive director of the NH Public Defender, in his nomination letter.

Also presented, for the first time, was the Bar Foundation Founderís Award. This year, the award was presented to Fred W. Hall and Joseph M. Kerrigan, who are the two surviving founding members of the NH Bar Foundation. In the future, the award will be presented to individuals who play a significant role in advancing the mission of the NH Bar Foundation.

The keynote speaker, Executive Director of the NH Charitable Foundation Lewis M. Feldstein, who spent the last 20 years growing the NH Charitable Foundation and recently announced his retirement, said that he hoped the audience members, in pursuit of progress, would strive to break away from the traditional molds of their profession.

To view more photos from the Bar Foundation Dinner, visit the NH Bar Associationís Facebook Page or visit the NH Bar Foundationís website.

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