Bar News - January 15, 2010
Plymouth Attorney Blaine To Receive Bunnell Award
Quentin Blaine, a solo practitioner with a general civil practice in Plymouth, has been named the 2010 recipient of the Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service by NHBA President James J. Tenn, Jr.
Given to an attorney from a small firm (four or fewer attorneys), the award recognizes dedication to community through an attorney’s contribution of his or her time and talents, legal or otherwise.
Blaine, the Grafton County representative on the NHBA Board of Governors, does family law and general civil litigation, as well as transactional work for individuals, businesses and towns in the area. He is a Pro Bono and DOVE volunteer as well, and has also volunteered for the Bar’s law-related education programs.
He has served as town moderator for Plymouth since 2006 and is currently moderator for the Pemi-Baker Regional School District and the Plymouth School District. Other involvements have included Plymouth town selectman, member and chair of the zoning board, and other civic and community groups. He recently joined the Speare Memorial Hospital board.
He teaches Sunday school, has coached baseball and basketball, and served as a cub scout and boy scout leader.
"Quentin is a thoughtful and dedicated lawyer who gives unselfishly of his time to improve the lives of others. He is well deserving of this recognition," Tenn said.
The award was created in 1998 to honor the memory of "Vickie M. Bunnell, a Colebrook attorney and part-time district court judge who was slain by Carl Drega, along with two other North County professionals, including a state trooper and a newspaper editor.
While Blaine is an outstanding volunteer, his immersion in his community is not unusual for small-firm practitioners. A 2007 NHBA survey of solo and small firm attorneys found that:
- Nearly 75 percent had lived in the same community for 10 years or more;
- 70 percent participated in nonprofit governance or fundraising;
- 41 percent were involved in youth volunteering, including sports, or school-related activities as coaches or officials, or in PTO;
- 39 percent work with social services programs or groups such as fraternal organizations, soup kitchens, or other hands-on volunteering to help low-income or other vulnerable groups;
- 37 percent play a role in their town or city or state government, such as moderator, selectman, zoning board member or as a state legislator.