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Bar News - June 15, 2012

Selection Panel Named for Judge Deasy’s Successor

Hon. J. Michael Deasy
A merit selection panel will screen and review qualifications of applicants for the bankruptcy judge vacancy created by the anticipated 2013 retirement of Hon. J. Michael Deasy, of the District of New Hampshire.

Deasy has served as a bankruptcy judge in Manchester since 1999 and plans to step down next March. He currently is the only bankruptcy court judge in the District of New Hampshire, following the retirement in October 2010 of Hon. Mark W. Vaughn.

First Circuit Court Chief Judge Sandra Lynch last month announced the members of the panel, along with details of the application process. Applications for the post, which has a current annual salary of $160,080, are due by July 9, 2012.

The Merit Selection Panel will recommend to the circuit council individuals whose character, experience, and commitment to equal justice under the law fully qualify them to serve as US Bankruptcy Judges. Bankruptcy Judges are appointed to 14-year terms by the Court of Appeals.

Judge Jeffrey R. Howard of the First Circuit Court of Appeals will chair the panel, which will also include: US District Court Chief Judge Joseph N. Laplante; Eleanor Wm. Dahar, Dahar Law Firm and an NHBA Past President; Emily Gray Rice, Orr & Reno; Daniel W. Sklar, Nixon Peabody; Peter N. Tamposi, The Tamposi Law Group; and Gary Wente, Circuit Executive. Deputy Circuit Executive Susan J. Goldberg will serve as Panel Secretary.

Attorneys with demonstrated excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law and/or commercial litigation are encouraged to apply. Obtain an application from the Circuit Executive’s Office, from the Bankruptcy Court Clerk for the District of New Hampshire, or by accessing the Court of Appeals’ website. Send applications to: Susan J. Goldberg, Deputy Circuit Executive, Office of the Circuit Executive, John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 3700, Boston, MA 02210.

Click for applications and other information.

Pursuant to Section 120 of the Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984, the Judicial Council of the First Circuit will make recommendations to the United States Court of Appeals which will make the appointment. Applications are to be received by Monday, July 9, 2012.

Another major personnel change is also in the offing, as longtime Bankruptcy Court Clerk George Vannah plans to retire on November 1, 2012.. The application period for the new Clerk of Court closed June 1.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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