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Bar News - June 18, 2010

Annual Meeting Honors Chief Justice Broderick, Keating, Andrews

On Saturday evening, June 26, outgoing NHBA President James J. Tenn, Jr., will present awards to the following members of the Association:

Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism –
Chief Justice John T. Broderick, Jr.


Chief Justice John T. Broderick, testifying at a budget hearing in April, will receive the Justice Grimes Judicial Professionalism award at the Annual Meeting, recognizing his tireless advocacy for access to justice.
Ever since his initial appointment as Chief Justice, and especially in the past year, Chief Justice Broderick has been a "tireless advocate" for our courts and for access to justice for all citizens in New Hampshire. Throughout the difficult discussions with the Governor and the legislature over the court budget, the Chief Justice has demonstrated reasoned judgment, clarity of vision, and steadfast devotion to the cause of maintaining an adequate justice system for the state.

The plaque for the Grimes award reads: "As Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, with passion, humor, diplomacy and quiet strength, he leads the state’s court system – honoring its history and providing vision for its future."

Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award –
Attorney John Andrews

John Andrews
John B. Andrews, who joined the NHBA Board of Governors in 2003 and served in a succession of positions until last year, is being recognized for unstintingly sharing his knowledge and expertise. He was instrumental in creating and guiding the NHBA Insurance Agency.He also assisted in the process of exploring, negotiating, leasing and ultimately financing (in 2009) a new Bar Center. "For quietly lending his knowledge, common sense and creativity to innovations in helping the Association provide effective, efficient and exceptional member service…"

Andrews retired last year after many years as executive director of the Local Government Center (previously known as the NH Municipal Association).

E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism –
Christopher Keating

Christopher Keating
This award, honoring the memory of E. Donald Dufresne, a trial lawyer at the Devine Millimet law firm, is being presented to Chris Keating, who has led the NH Public Defender since 2001. Keating is respected and admired by court adversaries and his management skills are lauded by those who have worked with him or who have helped fund and oversee the delivery of legal services to indigent defendants.

The award he will receive reads: "Chris consistently fosters an attitude of respect for the legal profession and all those engaged in it. As a person of integrity, compassion and intellect, Chris influences the behavior of many, helping to make the courts of New Hampshire a place where dignity, respect and collegiality still flourish."

Visit or pick up the July 16 issue of Bar News for photos and quotes from the Annual Meeting. Or better yet, come on up and experience it in person. See for information.

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