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Bar News - November 19, 2010

NH Supreme Court Hits the Road

Thank You to "On the Road" Participants

To the NH Bar News:

I am writing to express my sincere thanks to all the lawyers from the New Hampshire Bar who volunteered their valuable time recently to meet with teachers and students from the 11 schools that participated in our special "On the Road" session at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston. The time spent preparing students in advance, so that they are familiar with the cases to be heard by the court during the special session, greatly enhances the educational benefit of the program. We also firmly believe the school visits are a valuable opportunity for students to get to know members of the legal profession and learn about their work, as well as the work of the court system. The lawyers who participated in "On the Road" 2010 are Attorney General Michael A. Delaney; John T. Pendleton; Harry N. Starbranch, Jr.; David M. Rothstein; Ann Rice; Joachim Barth; Joseph E. Welsh; Erin Murphy; Richard Samdperil; John E. Durkin and Ryan Russman. I also want to thank Superior Court Judge Tina L. Nadeau, who hosted the event, and NH Bar President Marilyn B. McNamara, who assisted us with the student question and answer session.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of the lawyers, school administrators and court staff who have made the Supreme Court "On the Road" program the hallmark of the Judicial Branch public outreach program since 2002. As you know, I will be leaving the Supreme Court on November 30 and the special session at Sanborn was my last day on the bench, as a sitting judge. My father had been a high school teacher and principal so it was particularly significant to me to preside as Chief Justice for the final time at one of our state’s public high schools, before an audience of students who had come to learn about their court system. It was my honor to be there.

John T. Broderick Jr.
Chief Justice

Retiring Chief Justice Presides over SC on the Road

Pictured (left to right) are Chief Justice John T. Broderick Jr., Justices Linda S. Dalianis, James E. Duggan, Gary E. Hicks and Carol Ann Conboy.
NH Supreme Court justices take the bench on Oct. 21 at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, NH, to hear oral arguments for two pending Supreme Court cases. Sanborn hosted the "Supreme Court on the Road" event at which Chief Justice John T. Broderick Jr. appeared for the last time as a sitting judge. Broderick, the moving force behind the establishment of "Supreme Court on the Road," is pictured preparing to hear his final two oral arguments. He steps down as chief justice on Nov. 30.

Students from 10 other high schools joined Sanborn Regional to see the Supreme Court in an actual session. They had the opportunity to ask questions following the presentation of the oral arguments – and were also allowed to speak to the justices in an informal session after the court adjourned.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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