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Bar News - March 19, 2010

Bar Foundation News: Justice Duggan Named Honorary Fellow

Justice James E. Duggan, the 2010 Honorary Fellow, greets Superior Court Judge David Garfunkel, his longtime friend and colleague, who made remarks at the Feb. 12 Fellows & Donors Reception which followed the Midyear Meeting.
NH Supreme Court Associate Justice James E. Duggan, whose career has been dedicated to providing access to justice for all, was celebrated as the 2010 Honorary Fellow at the NH Bar Foundationís Fellows & Donors Reception at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH on Feb. 12.

Duggan was admitted to the NH Bar in 1974 after several years as a legal services lawyer and public defender in Washington, DC. He was one of the first attorneys to staff the public defendersí office in Hillsborough County and became director of the Public Defender programs for Hillsborough and Merrimack Counties during his three-year tenure. He also served as acting director of NH Public Defender later in his career, from 1991 to 1992, when it had grown to a then 55-attorney statewide program.

In 1977, Duggan began teaching criminal procedure, appellate defender and other courses at Franklin Pierce Law Center. In 1980, he began the NH Appellate Defender program to help indigent criminal defendants appeal their cases. Through the program, Duggan represented some 300 such defendants before the Supreme Court, appealing on issues of federal or state constitutional law, statutory law, rules of evidence and common law. He is believed to have appeared before the court more times than any other lawyer in the stateís history.

In 2001, he was appointed to the NH Supreme Court, the first judge appointed by Gov. Jeanne Shaheen using the Judicial Selection Commission process.

Justice Duggan has served as the Supreme Courtís ex-officio member of the NH Bar Foundationís board since 2001 and he currently serves as co-chair of the Courtís Access to Justice Commission.

Duggan was introduced by newly appointed Superior Court Judge David Garfunkel, who worked alongside Duggan in the Public Defenderís office and served as its executive director when Duggan headed up the Appellate Defender program.

NHBF Chair Judge Philip Hollman welcomed guests at the reception, which included Foundation donors and Midyear Meeting attendees who were invited to find out more about the Foundation.

The reception included an introduction to five organizations receiving Justice Grant awards in 2010 (See Feb. 19 issue of Bar News), and representatives of IOLTA leadership banks. Leadership Banks are those institutions which agree to support the work of the Foundation by offering special rates for IOLTA accounts that yield two percent or higher, exceed the bankís standard NOW account rate and waive routine service charges.

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