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Bar News - April 15, 2011

Bar Foundation News: Holly B. Haines, 2011 Robert E. Kirby Award

Holly B. Haines
Holly B. Haines, a litigation attorney at Abramson, Brown & Dugan in Manchester, will receive the Bar Foundation’s Robert E. Kirby Award at the 2011 Annual Dinner on May 5.

Haines, admitted to the Bar in 2000, was cited by colleagues for her dedication to effective advocacy and her involvement in community and professional activities.

"Holly exhibits a perspective on law practice that is rarely found in young lawyers today. She recognizes that the practice of law is a noble profession which must be respected and allowed to pervade all aspects of life in order to build a successful practice," said Mark Abramson. "At the same time she maintains good humor and balance through her involvement in community activities and professional activities in the NH Bar Association and the NH Women’s Bar Association."

The Robert E. Kirby Award was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Bob Kirby, a young lawyer "of great skill, civility and good humor" who died that year at the age of 35. Kirby was an attorney with the Concord law firm of Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell. The recipient must be 35 or younger and must exhibit civility, courtesy, perspective, and excellent advocacy.

Haines graduated from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 2000 and joined the Bar the NH Bar in the same year.

She is a member and former chair of the NH Bar News Editorial Advisory Board as well as a member of the NH Bar Journal Board, and is a frequent contributor to both.

Haines is also the president of the NH Women’s Bar Association. During her tenure she assisted the NHBA Gender Equality Committee with the Summer 2010 issue of the NH Bar Journal which featured results from the third 10-Year Survey on the Status of Women in the Legal Profession. Her work also appeared in the issue in the form of her article "Balancing the Scales of Justice – Achieving a Critical Mass of Women in the New Hampshire Judiciary."

A colleague at her firm, Eva Bleich, highlighted Holly’s dedication to service: "[While] working long hours, Holly has never missed a fundraiser for some of the safe shelters for abused women and children in the northern part of the state...I cannot imagine a more worthy attorney for this award."

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