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Bar News - February 18, 2011


Bar Foundation News: Kirby, Kenison Award Nominations Sought

The NH Bar Foundation is asking Bar members to help recognize the efforts of outstanding attorneys by nominating candidates for the Robert E. Kirby and Frank Rowe Kenison awards, to be given at the Foundationís annual meeting this spring.

Robert E. Kirby Award for Young Lawyers

The Robert E. Kirby Award is given annually to a practitioner 35 years old or younger who demonstrates excellent advocacy and civility.

The award is named for Robert E. Kirby, who died Aug. 28, 1996. He was a 35-year-old lawyer of great skill, civility and good humor. In 1996, some of Bobís friends and colleagues instituted an annual award to be given to a lawyer 35 years old or younger.

The recipient, like Kirby, should combine the traits of civility, courtesy, perspective, and excellent advocacy that are the inevitable characteristics of our best lawyers. The purpose of the award is to honor Bobís memory and to remind all of us that decency, courtesy and perspective neither inhibit nor defeat excellent advocacy.

Frank Rowe Kenison Award for Contributions to Justice

The Frank Rowe Kenison Award is presented annually to an individual (or individuals) who makes substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession, or the advancement of legal thought. Recipients need not be members of the NH Bar Association; the award shall honor an individual or individuals who meet the criteria for the award in its broadest sense.

Frank Rowe Kenison (1907-1980) was a member of the NHBA for 48 years, and served as chief justice of the NH Supreme Court from 1952 to 1977. He was an exquisite legal thinker who committed his life to the legal system, education about the law, and the promise of equal justice for all.

Nominations should be submitted to the NH Bar Foundation at 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301, or e-mailed to info@nhbarfoundation.org, by March 15, 2011.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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