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Bar News - May 18, 2012

Buttrick Receives Humanitarian Award


For two decades, Marshall Buttrick has greeted people with a smile, even as he bustled down a hallway, his arms burdened with thick stacks of case files.

Assisting judges, shepherding volumes of paperwork or playing traffic cop to attorneys handling multiple cases to make sure courtroom appointments weren’t missed, Buttrick often seemed busy but never overwhelmed.

Above all else, the longtime clerk of Hillsborough County Superior Court South never was heard to utter an impolite word.

That civility hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The Nashua Bar Association during a banquet Thursday awarded Buttrick the Edward A. Jordan Humanitarian Award.

In a presentation at the Nashua Country Club, Buttrick received a plaque that named him the 10th recipient of an award, which was named for a compassionate Nashua attorney who died in 2002.

"He epitomizes what the award’s all about," said Arthur Gormley, III, president of the 150-member Nashua Bar Association.

"He treats everybody with dignity. He’s even-handed. He’s given a lot to Nashua’s legal community and to the community itself," Gormley said.

Buttrick has worked for the superior court system in New Hampshire for 33 years.

From 1979-84, Buttrick was deputy clerk of Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester, before the South branch in Nashua was created.

He left in 1984 to become clerk of Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord. When the Hillsborough County Superior Court South was created in 1992, Buttrick became the clerk. He’s worked at the Spring Street courthouse ever since.

"He’s probably the most dedicated and caring clerk in the superior courts," said Mike Scanlon, deputy clerk of Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

"He’s genuinely well- liked by the staff here," Scanlon said.

Longevity seems to be a Buttrick family trait. Not only has Marshall worked in the court system for more than three decades, but his family has New England roots dating back to the 1630s.

An ancestor, John Buttrick, was a commander at the North Bridge during the battle of Lexington and Concord at the beginning of the American Revolution.

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in The Nashua Telegraph and is reprinted here with permission.

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