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Bar News - October 14, 2011

Legal Award Season Underway: Meredith Cook, St. Thomas More Award

Meredith Cook
Meredith P. Cook, a shareholder at Wiggin & Nourie in Manchester, received the 2011 St. Thomas More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire at the groupís Red Mass Dinner on October 13. Cook chairs her firmís employment law group and also practices in real estate litigation.

The St. Thomas More Award is given to a lawyer or judge who is a practicing Catholic and who embodies the spirit of St. Thomas More in his or her courage, dedication, integrity, civility, and compassion toward others. Meredith Cook is the sixth recipient of the award. The annual Red Mass is an opportunity for lawyers, judges, legislators, and law enforcement personnel of all religious traditions to join each year to celebrate their common love of justice.

Cook has volunteered for the Diocese of Manchester for twenty-five years, beginning as a staff member at Emmaus House, the former Diocesan youth retreat center. She has been involved in Catholic Youth Organization ("CYO") athletic programs since 1997, having served as Diocesan Director, a member of the Board, and, in 2011, as Chair of the New England CYO Basketball Tournament. She has been a member of the Public Policy Commission of the Diocese of Manchester since its inception in 2008, and has been its Chair since 2009. The Commission reviews legislation, advises the Bishop as to the position the Church should take, and educates individuals about Catholic social teaching.

Cook graduated from Trinity High School, received her BA degree in Political Science from Saint Anselm College (cum laude), and earned her JD degree from Suffolk University Law School (magna cum laude). She and her husband, Chuck, have two sons, Jonathan and Brendan, and they are parishioners of Saint Pius X Parish in Manchester.

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