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Bar News - March 18, 2011

Meet the Candidates for NHBA Board of Governors Election

Electronic ballots for the NH Bar Association Board of Governors election will be sent to every active-status Bar member with an e-mail address on file. Bar members are encouraged to complete the ballots as soon as possible; the voting period will last until April 15.

Jennifer L. Parent
Who’s Running?

Under the NHBA Constitution & Bylaws, current President-elect Jennifer L. Parent automatically succeeds NHBA President Marilyn Billings McNamara. Thus, Parent’s name does not appear on the ballot.

Members without active e-mail addresses on file will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to log in to vote online.

(Nominated by Board of Governors)
Lawrence A. Vogelman

Lawrence A. Vogelman
Lawrence A. Vogelman is a director of the firm Nixon, Raiche, Vogelman, Barry & Slawsky in Manchester, NH, where he concentrates his practice in criminal defense, civil rights, personal injury law, employment law and professional malpractice. He earned his B.A. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1970 and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1973.

Larry is a founding member and former board member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; a former member of the of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors; and member of the Federal Court Advisory Committee. He is vice president of the Civil Rights Section of AAJ and the only NH Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is on the PCC, the Board of Governors of the NH Bar Association and is a past chair of the NHBA Federal Practice Section.

For 15 years, Larry was a professor at Cardozo Law School and he has been teaching trial practice to lawyers and law students since 1974.

Vice President:
(Nomination by Petition; 1-year term)
Jaye L. Rancourt

Jaye L. Rancourt
Jaye Rancourt graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1999 and relocated to New Hampshire to begin her practice with the NH Public Defender’s Office, where she worked until 2003 when she began practicing with Brennan Caron Lenehan & Iacopino in Manchester. She was named a shareholder in 2009. Jaye has served on the NH Bar Association’s Board of Governors as a Governor-at-Large for the past three years.

Prior to that time, she served as the chairperson of the New Lawyers’ Committee of the NH Bar Association for three years. She has also served on the Professionalism Committee and the Law Related Education Committee. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the NH Bar Association’s first Leadership Academy.

Jaye served as the District Representative for New Hampshire and Massachusetts to the American Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division (ABA•YLD) for two years. She then served as the Affiliates Director and the Administrative Director of the ABA•YLD. She currently serves on the ABA•YLD Leadership Advisory Board.

Governor at Large:
(Nominated by Petition for 3-year term (1 vacancy))
Quentin J. Blaine

Quentin J. Blaine
Quentin J. Blaine, of the Blaine Law Office in Plymouth will complete his second term as Grafton County Governor in June. He currently serves as the NHBA Board of Governor’s liaison to the Bar Journal Advisory Board and as a member of the Board Committee on Administration. He previously served as the liaison to the Children’s Law Section and as a member of the LRE Public Information Task Force.

Blaine has spent the majority of his career practicing in Plymouth. In 2001, he began a four-year tenure as Clerk of the Concord District Court, after which he returned to Plymouth to practice.

County Governors:

(Nomination by Petition for the following:)

Cheshire County
Sheila J. Burnham

Sheila J. Burnham

Sheila J. Burnham of Dublin, NH, is an associate with Tower & Crocker in Jaffrey, NH. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center). She also holds an MS in Criminal Justice (2004) and a BS in Communication Media (1994) from Fitchburg State College. Burnham is a board member of the NH Women’s Bar Association. She is also a member of the Rotary Club, Jaffrey-Rindge chapter.

Coos County
John G. McCormick

John G. McCormick
John G. McCormick has served as the Coos County Governor on the Board of Governors for the past two years. He received his JD from Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, and his AB in English from the University of Georgia. Attorney McCormick was admitted to the NH Bar, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 2004; he was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2003.

Working primarily in the public sector, he served for two years as a contract attorney within the US-DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section. Prior to relocating to New Hampshire to serve as the Assistant Coos County Attorney, he worked for almost two years as a Staff Attorney at a domestic violence legal clinic in suburban Maryland, representing largely low-income and Spanish-speaking clients in protective order and family law cases.

Grafton County
Jason R. Crance

Jason R. Crance
A solo practitioner since opening his law office in downtown Hanover in July 2009, Jason Crance graduated from Vermont Law School in 2001 with a JD and MS in Environmental Law, and served as Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review. Crance obtained his Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has served two terms as president of the Grafton County Bar Association and is the past-president of the Frank Rowe Kenison Inn of Court. He is also a member of the Hanover Rotary Club.

Merrimack County
Derek Lick

Derek Lick
Derek is a member of Sulloway & Hollis in Concord. He is currently leader of his firm’s insurance practice group. Derek is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association. He also serves on the NH Bar Association’s Committee on Cooperation with the Courts. He graduated from Boston University and from the Vanderbilt School of Law.

He also serves as Sutton’s assistant moderator and on the Sutton Zoning Board of Adjustment, as well as on the board of the Kearsarge Area Council on Aging, the non-profit organization that operates a senior center serving nine towns in the Mt. Kearsarge area.

Rockingham County
Philip L. Pettis

Philip L. Pettis
A partner at Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott in Portsmouth, Philip L. Pettis focuses his practice on employment law, business law, civil litigation, construction law and personal injury law. He has been a NH Bar member since 1998 and is admitted to practice in both the US District Court-New Hampshire and the First Circuit Court. He holds a JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) and BA in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

He has taught many seminars, ranging in subject from building civil trial skills to workplace issues in the electronic age. He is also an active member in the Portsmouth community, as a member of the Chamber of Commerce and as a member on several other charitable organization boards.

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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