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Bar News - September 16, 2011


In Memoriam: James W. Dennehy


James W. Dennehy
Maj. James W. Dennehy of Salisbury died unexpectedly last month. He was 47.

Maj. Dennehy started his military career in 1992 with the United States Coast Guard. He then served as a police officer in Milford as he completed his Criminal Justice degree at St. Anselm’s College. Following the 9/11 attacks, he was commissioned as an officer in the US Army Reserves.

He received his JD from the New England School of Law and served as an assistant US Attorney in Concord then as a select member of the Department of Homeland Security in New York. Upon return to his native New Hampshire, he went into private practice.

In 2009, Maj. Dennehy returned to the NH Army National Guard as a JAG Officer. He was deployed with the 197th Fires Brigade in support of Operation New Dawn. He held the position of Brigade Judge Advocate general. Serving as chief legal advisor for the brigade, his missions took him throughout Kuwait, Iraq and Afganistan. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Maj. Dennehy leaves behind his wife, Lisa Dennehy, Esq; his twelve children Amanda Vicinanzo, Matthew, Hannah, Tierney, Mary, Colleen, Katherine, Michael, Joseph, Brighid, Abigail and Madeleine; his father, Donald Dennehy and mother, Jacquelyn VanGelder; sister, Joan Gowell; two brothers, John Dennehy, Esq and Donald Dennehy.

In honor of our colleague James W. Dennehy, the NH Bar Association Board of Governors has made a donation to the NH Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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