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Bar News - April 16, 2010

Bar Foundation News: NH Bar Foundation Dinner to Feature Eric Herr

On May 4, 2010, the NH Bar Foundation will hold its Annual Dinner at C.R. Sparks in Bedford. The reception begins at 5:30 and will be followed by dinner at 6:30. Dinner highlights include the presentation of the Frank Rowe Kenison and the Robert E. Kirby awards.

Howard J. Zibel, general counsel of the NH Supreme Court, is this year’s recipient of the Frank Rowe Kenison Award, honoring him for his career-long dedication to improvements in the justice system. Zibel, formerly Clerk of the NH Supreme Court, is recognized for his years of dedication to the court system in that position and now as counsel to the Supreme Court. Zibel was also instrumental in bringing the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program to NH more than 20 years ago, and he remains an active volunteer in the program nationally and in NH.

Sarah E. Mattson, an attorney at NH Legal Assistance, has been named the recipient of the Robert E. Kirby Award, honoring excellent advocacy and civility by a practitioner 35 years of age or younger. Mattson was admitted to the Bar in 2005.

Co-hosted by the Campaign for Legal Services, the reception will recognize W. John Funk for over 20 years of service on the NHLA/LARC board of directors and his yeoman work on the Campaign over the years.

The featured speaker at the banquet will be NH Judicial Council Chair Eric Herr of Bristol, recently named chair of the new Judicial Innovation Commission.

Eric Herr is a private sector business executive with 25 years of management and strategic planning experience at some of the country’s major companies. He is the current chair of the New Hampshire Judicial Council, an independent state agency that is a forum for consideration of issues involving the administration of justice.

For further information regarding the dinner, please contact Mary White.

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