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Bar News - January 13, 2012

Judge Laplante New Chief Judge

US District Court Judge Joseph N. Laplante, effective Nov. 1, 2011, became Chief Judge of the US District Court, District of New Hampshire. He succeeds Judge Steven J. McAuliffe. The position of chief judge rotates among the judges for a seven-year term.

Judge Laplante, appointed to the bench in 2007, previously served in the NH Attorney Generalís office, rising to Senior Assistant Attorney General before moving over to a succession of positions in the US Department of Justice.

According to Daniel Lynch, senior deputy clerk of the US District Court, Judge Laplante will continue to maintain a full docket of cases while serving as chief judge.

"As the only District Judge in this courthouse who hasnít served a term as Chief Judge, Iíll have a wealth of court leadership experience from Judges DiClerico, Barbadoro and McAuliffe to draw on. With the administrative support of Clerk Starr and Chief Deputy Clerk Lynch, Iím hoping to maintain the high standards of efficiency and service set by my predecessors."

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