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Bar News - June 17, 2011

Honorees Share Dedication to Education, Service

Marilyn Billings McNamara, 2010-11 president of the NH Bar Association, will present awards recognizing outstanding members of the NH Bar on June 24 at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.

John B. Garvey
E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism

John B. Garvey
John B. Garvey, a professor at the UNH School of Law and director of the trail-blazing Daniel Webster Scholars program, will receive the E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism. The Webster Scholars program, which recently graduated its fourth class, enables a select group of students to pass the bar exam by undergoing a two-year intensive skill-building and evaluation program as an alternative to taking the two-day written test. The program is attracting national attention for its innovations in legal education and its collaboration involving the law school, the bar association and the judicial branch’s examination process.

Garvey, an experienced trial lawyer and mediator, practiced at the Sulloway & Hollis law firm before joining the law school faculty full time in 2005.

Robert A. Wells
Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award

Robert A. Wells
Robert A. Wells, of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, will receive the Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award. A probate and estate law practitioner, Wells has been a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for 33 years and has chaired more than 50 programs. Wells frequently speaks and offers advice on the area of the practice with members of the Bar in the Probate, Estate Planning and Elder Law section and informally with colleagues. His judgment and experience has assisted the boards of directors of a long list of organizations, including the American Lung Association (state and national), Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Currier Museum of Art, NH Business Committee for the Arts, The Episcopal Dioceses of New Hampshire, and the Office of Public Guardian, to name a few.

Hon. Paul S. Moore
Justice William Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism

Hon. Paul S. Moore
Hon. Paul S. Moore, a district court judge since 2002, will be presented with the Justice William Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism. Moore is one of a number of judges who have supplemented their part-time court appointments by filling in to assist other understaffed courts. Judge Moore copes with lack of resources, crowded dockets, unfamiliar surroundings, and litigants in challenging circumstances, with trademark compassion, respect and unflagging good humor.

Judge Moore is also well known in the state for co-founding MooreMart, an ongoing charitable effort to solicit, package and ship donations of food and supplies to US troops overseas and to children in Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, over 34,000 total packages have been sent.

Moore was previously honored at the Midyear Meeting with the Distinguished Service to the Public award in 2007.

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