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Bar News - July 17, 2009

NHBA Recognizes 50-Year Members

Honorary members who attended the Annual Meeting included (left to right) Retired judge Vincent Iacopino; Peter Millham; Samuel Bradley; and Joel Rogge.
Editorís Note: The profiles for 50-Year Members Peter V. Millham and Vincent J. Iacopino appeared in the June 12 issue of Bar News.

This Yearís Honorary Members are:
Homer S. Bradley, Jr.
Edward D. Bureau
Robert Christy
Alfred J. Cirome
Vincent J. Iacopino
Peter V. Millham
Joel J. Rogge
Robert J. White

Edward D. Bureau

"Iím honored to be a member of the NH Bar Association and Iím thankful to have reached this milestone in reasonably good health," said Edward D. Bureau of his achieving 50 years as an attorney.

Born in Salem, Massachusetts and raised in Rollingsford, NH, Bureau went to Dover High School before attending the University of New Hampshire.

After graduation, Bureau served in the US Air Force in Korea and Japan from 1953 to 1955 and later became a member of the US Air Force Reserve.

"[It] gave me time to mature between college and law school," said Bureau. "I was also provided with my initial legal experience as appointed counsel in several special courts martial."

Active in the community and the profession, Bureau served as president of the Rockingham County Bar Association and is a past member of the NH Bar Association Board of Governors. He served as moderator of the Derry Cooperative School District from 1969 to 1997, has been a trustee of the Pinkerton Academy since 1988, and served as board president from 1995 to 2005.

Bureau married his wife Constance "Connie" Bureau in 1959 and they were together until her death in December 2007. They have five children and seven grandchildren. Bureau continues a limited practice as an of-counsel attorney with Brian Germaine PA in Derry.

Homer S. Bradley, Jr.

"Itís hard to believe that 50 years have elapsed so quickly," said Homer S. Bradley, Jr. of his reaching this milestone.

Born in Keene and raised in Swanzey, Bradley attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1954, before joining the US Army, where he served as a company clerk in Neu Ulm, Germany.

"I loved my two years in the Army," Bradley said. "It gave me a chance to travel Western Europe and it certainly broadened my horizons."

After his service, Bradley attended the University of Michigan Law School and returned to New Hampshire to practice law with his fatherís firm in Keene Ė now called Bradley & Faulkner Ė where he continues to practice today. His main areas of practice include real estate, probate administration, municipality law and business law. He is especially proud of the fact that he has represented some of the same clients since 1959.

Bradley continues to work as a full-time attorney at Bradley & Faulkner in Keene. He and Lucy recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. "Weíve enjoyed good health," he said. "I have no plans to retire."

Alfred J. Cirome

Raised in Lawrence, Mass., Alfred J. Cirome graduated from Haverhill High School before attending Northeastern University. After his graduation 1956, Cirome earned his law degree from Boston University, graduating in 1959.

He started his practice in 1959 and still practices today, at Cirome & Harb, in Haverhill.

Cirome is well recognized in the Massachusetts legal community. He served as president of the Haverhill Bar Association in 1983, received the Haverhill Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 1998, and was awarded with the Justice William H. Moody Award in 2002.

He is also active in the community. He is currently a member of the Haverhill Kiwanis Club and served as president in 1969. He was also president of the Haverhill Boys and Girls Club in 1981 and has been the director of the organizationís board since 1965.

Cirome is married to Cynthia M. Cirome and the couple has two children, Portia Swanson, a dentist in Denver, Co., and Jonathan Cirome, a marketing director in San Francisco, Calif.

He plans to continue practicing law in Haverhill.

Joel J. Rogge

Joel J. Rogge was raised in New York City, and attended New York University and Columbia Law School.

After graduation, Rogge went to work for the Office of the General Counsel of the US Department of Health, Education & Welfare, where he worked in the areas of Native American sanitation facilities and air and water pollution. While with the law firm of Dickstein & Shapiro, he worked on a Hollywood blacklist case. After this, he was a report writer with the US Commission on Civil Rights.

In 1965, Rogge entered seminary, graduating from the Episcopal Theological School in 1968; he was ordained in 1969. He was later awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton and a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University.

In March 1994, Rogge returned to the full-time practice of law, focusing on business, commercial and real estate matters. By the mid-90s, he had limited his practice to bankruptcy. He also devotes one day per month assisting Pro Bono clients at the NH Bar Center; he was recognized by the NH Bar in 2008 for his pro bono efforts.

Rogge is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He resides with his wife Miriam and his two youngest children in Ipswich, Mass.

Robert Christy

"Thereís been a great deal of change in the practice of law since I first entered the profession in 1959," said Robert Christy upon his 50th year as an attorney. "General practice has evolved into specialties to a large extent and I think it is time for me to move over and make room for the younger generation."

Born and raised in Manchester, Christy graduated from Manchesterís Central High School before attending the University of New Hampshire in 1953.

Upon graduation from UNH, Christy served as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, where he was a Guided Missile Officer until 1955. He also served as Courts Martial Defense Counsel, which eventually led to his decision to become an attorney.

Thanks to the GI Bill, Christy was able to attend Boston University Law School, where he earned his law degree in 1959. After practicing law for a few years, Christy was recalled to active-duty as the commanding officer of an artillery battery during the Berlin Crisis in 1961.

After his return to the US, Christy joined the law firm of John W. King and David L. Nixon. He practiced general civil and labor law.

Christy has been heavily involved in the Manchester community, serving as the director for the city Department of Health for 25 years.

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