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Bar News - June 15, 2012

Meet the Incoming Board of Governors

At this year’s Annual Meeting on June 23, NHBA President Jennifer Parent will pass the gavel to incoming president Larry Vogelman. This will also mark the inauguration of the 2012-13 Board of Governors. There are several new faces and we’d like to help you get to know them. Here’s the full 2012-13 Board of Governors’ Roster:

Lawrence A. Vogelman

Lawrence A. Vogelman
Lawrence A. Vogelman is a director of the firm Nixon Vogelman Barry Slawsky & Simoneau PA in Manchester, NH where he concentrates his practice in criminal defense, civil rights, personal injury law, employment law and professional malpractice. He earned his B.A. from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 1970 and his JD from Brooklyn Law School in 1973. Larry is a founding member and former Board of Directors member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; is on the Federal Court Advisory Committee. He is VP Civil Rights Section of AAJ and the only NH Fellow of American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has served on the PCC, the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar Association and is past president of the Federal Practice Section. For 15 years, Larry was a professor at Cardozo Law School and he has been teaching trial practice to lawyers and law students since 1974.

Jaye L. Rancourt

Jaye L. Rancourt
Jaye L. Rancourt graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1999 and relocated to New Hampshire to begin her practice with the New Hampshire Public Defenders Office. She worked for the NH Public Defender’s Office until 2003 when she began practicing with Brennan Caron Lenehan & Iacopino in Manchester where she was named a shareholder in 2009. She practices in the area of criminal defense and civil litigation. Jaye has served on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors and as chair of the New Lawyers Committee, and as a member of the Professionalism Committee and the Law Related Education Committee. Jaye currently serves as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the NHBA Leadership Academy. Jaye served as the District Representative for New Hampshire and Massachusetts to the American Bar Association-Young Lawyers Division for two years. She then served as the Affiliates Director and the Administrative Director of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She currently serves on the ABA–YLD Leadership Advisory Board.

Vice President
Lisa A. Wellman-Ally

Lisa Wellman-Ally
Lisa Wellman-Ally graduated with a JD degree from Washington & Lee School of Law and was admitted to the bar in NH 2002, in VT in 2003 and to NY Bar in 1990. She is a member of the American Association for Justice, New Hampshire Association for Justice, New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association.Wellman-Ally is in private practice at Elliott Jasper Auten Shklar & Wellman-Ally Law LLP, Newport, NH.

Before relocating to New Hampshire, she practiced law in New York City for 12 years. She previously served on the Board of Governors representing Sullivan County and as Governor-at-Large.

Peter E. Hutchins

Peter E. Hutchins is a 1983 JD graduate of Boston College Law School. He has been a member of the NH Bar since 1983. He is a past president of the NHBA (2001-02), a member of the ABA, ATLA, NHTLA, the Manchester Bar and the Dartmouth Lawyers’ Association. He is also admitted to practice in the US District Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Hutchins resides in Manchester and in Hampton with his wife Kathy, a realtor/broker. He has one daughter, Jamie, a financial advisor to Merrill Lynch in Manchester. Hutchins enjoys golfing and officiates at high school basketball games.

Robert R. Howard, III

Robert R. Howard graduated from Boston University with a JD in 1969 and was admitted to the NH Bar in 1969; he has been the NHBA treasurer since 1993. He is also a member of the NHBA Finance Committee; he has been a member of various NHBA sections and on faculty panels of a number of CLEs. He is a former Merrimack County governor and governor-at-large on the NHBA Board of Governors. He served nine years as a part-time district court judge and was the recipient of the NHBA President’s Award for Outstanding Professionalism in 1996. He co-teaches the Law Practice Management session of the required Practical Skills course offered semi-annually to new admittees.

Immediate Past President
Jennifer L. Parent

Jennifer L. Parent is a director in the litigation department in the McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton law firm in Manchester, with particular focus on business and employment litigation. She served on the NHBA Board of Governors from 2004 to 2008, representing Hillsborough County North. Parent also has been active in the New Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, and served as President of the NH Women’s Bar Association. She currently is a member of the NH Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee. She has also participated in a number of task forces and committees of the NH Bar Association. Parent received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School and was admitted to the NH Bar in 1995. She received the Robert E. Kirby award, honoring excellence in advocacy, civility and professionalism of a lawyer under 40 years of age, from the NH Bar Foundation in 2003.


(3-year term)

Eric D. Cook

Eric D. Cook is a lifelong resident of NH who grew up in Durham and is currently living in Portsmouth. His practice is as an in-house attorney and he has worked for several international companies with NH locations. Eric has participated on several Bar Association committees and panels and is also a member of the PCC Hearings Committee. Eric’s wife is also a NH attorney and they have three children, all currently in college.

Quentin J. Blaine

A member of the NH Bar for 25 years, Quentin Blaine began his law career at the Law Office of Peter Marsh in Concord in 1986. He later moved to Plymouth and ran an office with William Hopkins prior to starting a solo practice in 1995. In 2001, he accepted an appointment as Clerk of Concord District Court. On leaving the court system, he practiced a short while with Hebert & Uchida in Concord before deciding to end his commute and re-opened a solo practice in Plymouth, where he lives. He served two terms as Grafton County Governor, acting as liaison to the Bar Journal Advisory Committee and the Children’s Law Section. He also served as a member of the LRE Public Information Task Force as well as the Board Committee on Administration.

Jonathan M. Eck

Jonathan M. Eck is an associate in the litigation department at Devine, Millimet & Branch in Manchester, where he practices commercial litigation and insurance defense. His practice focuses on representing businesses, individuals, and government in a broad range of matters including contract disputes, premises liability, probate matters, legal malpractice lawsuits, and intellectual property litigation. For the past four years, Eck has been a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s New Lawyers Committee. Previously, he served a two year term as the District Representative for New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.Eck has also been active with the Manchester Bar Association, and is currently a member of the Executive Committee. Eck, who was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 2006, received his law degree from Vermont Law School and is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Christopher T. Regan

Christopher T. Regan is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B) and received his JD from Boston University in 1981. He came to New Hampshire to clerk for the Hon. William Batchelder at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He worked for a 10-person law firm for four years, and now is toiling in the trenches as a solo or small firm practitioner, first in Dover and now in Durham. Regan was president of the Strafford County Bar Association in 2000-01 and is now Barrister in the Inns of Court. For the past 10 years, he has served as a lawyer/chair of the NH Compensation Appeals Board. Currently, he is moderator for the town of Durham.

Jacki A. Smith

Jacki Smith earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English cum laude from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester in 1994 and her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the New England School of Law in Boston in 2000. While awaiting her admission to the New Hampshire Bar Association in 2000, Jacki began serving as law clerk to the New Hampshire Superior Court in Nashua where she remained through 2002. Jacki then attained a position as Staff Attorney in the Nashua office of the New Hampshire Public Defender. In April 2007, Jacki assumed her current role as Managing Attorney of the Public Defender’s Stratham office. Other than a brief romance with the desert southwest, Jacki is a life-long resident of New Hampshire.

Public Sector Governor
Charles S. Temple

Charles S. Temple’s interest in serving as a Public Sector Governor arises from his strong commitment to the practice of public interest law. During his nearly 20 years of private practice, he served low income clients through pro bono work and adjunct teaching in the Civil Practice Clinic at Franklin Pierce Law Center. Since 2003, he has served as the Director of the University of New Hampshire School of Law Criminal Practice Clinic. He and his students are devoted to providing quality legal representation to indigent clients in the Circuit and Superior Courts. Additionally, as a full-time law professor at UNH law, he is involved in the public interest programs of the Social Justice Institute.

County Governors

(2-year term)

Belknap County
Judith L. Homan

Judith L. Homan is an associate in the litigation department of the law firm of Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A. in Laconia. Before joining Martin, Lord & Osman in 2009, Judith ran a general practice, solo law firm in Laconia for 16 years, with an emphasis on family law and litigation. She has been a member of the NH Bar for 19 years and has worked in Belknap County throughout her career. She has frequently and consistently volunteered her time and talents to Pro Bono and reduced fee referrals from the Bar Association. She has been certified as a Guardian ad Litem and represented the best interests of children in parenting, guardianship and other proceedings. She has volunteered to assist in the Belknap County SCOPE program and the new Laconia Family Division assistance program for pro se litigants. She organized and participated in her firm’s hosting of the Bar’s Lawline program for the past two years.

Carroll County
Dennis Morgan

Dennis Morgan joined Cooper Cargill Chant in 2001 after serving as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County, Ohio, in investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of felony cases, including white collar, narcotics and violent crime. During his tenure as a prosecutor, he tried dozens of criminal trials. He also received two commendations from the FBI for his service while a prosecutor. Since joining Cooper Cargill Chant he has focused his practice on civil litigation, criminal defense, and bankruptcy. In 2008, he was named Managing Partner of Cooper Cargill Chant.

Cheshire County
Leon Goodwin

Leon I. Goodwin III is Assistant City Attorney at the City of Keene, where he provides legal services to the City Council, its various standing and ad-hoc committees, the boards and commissions of the City, and to the City Manager and department heads. Goodwin, who was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 2007, received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and his Bachelor’s degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Clark University. In addition to his employment with the City of Keene, Goodwin has also taught Critical Thinking and Legal Writing at River Valley Community College in Keene. Goodwin is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for The Community Kitchen, Inc. and in various volunteer roles with the Monadnock United Way.

Coos County
John G. McCormick

John G. McCormick received his JD from Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, and his A.B. in English from the University of Georgia. Attorney McCormick was admitted to the NH Bar, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 2004; he was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2003. Working primarily in the public sector, he served for two years as a contract attorney within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section. Prior to relocating to New Hampshire to serve as the Assistant Coos County Attorney, he worked for almost two years as a Staff Attorney at a domestic violence legal clinic in suburban Maryland, representing largely low-income and Spanish-speaking clients in protective order and family law cases.

Grafton County
Jason R. Crance

Jason Crance has been a solo practitioner since opening his law office in downtown Hanover in July of 2009. Crance has particular interest in focusing on matters of land use, education law, and business litigation. Crance graduated from Vermont Law School in 2001 with a Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in Environmental Law, and served as Managing Editor of the Vermont Law Review. Crance obtained his Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Hillsborough County North
Scott H. Harris

Scott Harris is a director in the McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton firm’s Litigation Department. He has tried cases in the state and federal courts in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and elsewhere for over 15 years. His practice involves representing companies and executives in litigation and at trial in a range of commercial disputes including: tax matters, trade secret and restrictive employment covenant litigation, contract claims, shareholder rights, land use and other business disputes. Scott also represents both plaintiffs and professionals in professional malpractice and licensure litigation and has a substantial practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in significant personal injury matters.

Hillsborough County South
David Tencza

David C. Tencza has been an Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney since July, 2007. He is responsible for prosecuting felony and misdemeanor level offenses before the Superior Court including assaults, crimes against property, and computer related crime. Most recently, Attorney Tencza has worked with the Burglary Unit at the Nashua Police Department to coordinate prosecutions of the growing number of burglaries occurring within the city. Attorney Tencza participated in the 2010 – 2011 New Hampshire Bar Association Leadership Academy Program and is an Ambassador for the Civics in Action Program. He is a 2007 graduate of the evening division at Suffolk University Law School and a 2002 graduate of Saint Anselm College.

Merrimack County
Derek D. Lick

Derek D. Lick is a member of Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC of Concord, where he concentrates his practice in litigation, including providing legal defense to insured parties sued in state and federal courts and representing clients in personal injury matters, commercial disputes and disputes involving construction, development and real estate projects. He is currently leader of his firm’s insurance practice group.

Rockingham County
Philip L. Pettis

Philip L. Pettis, a partner at Boynton Waldron Doleac Woodman & Scott in Portsmouth since 2002, focuses his practice on employment law, business law, civil litigation, construction law and personal injury law. He has been a NH Bar member since 1998 and is admitted to practice in both the United State District Court – New Hampshire and the First Circuit Court. He holds a JD degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center and BA in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He has taught many seminars, ranging from building civil trial skills to workplace issues in the electronic age. He is also an active member in the Portsmouth community, as a member of the Chamber of Commerce and as a member on several other charitable organization boards.

Strafford County
Francis X. Bruton

Francis X. Bruton has practiced law for over 20 years, 15 in New Hampshire. Prior to practicing in New Hampshire, Attorney Bruton practiced for five years in Cambridge, Massachusetts as general counsel to an environmental consulting firm. Attorney Bruton was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1989, and to the New Hampshire Bar in 1992. Attorney Bruton’s practice consists of representing many of the major developers on the Seacoast. Attorney Bruton’s most recent New Hampshire Supreme Court case, Churchill Realty Trust v. City of Dover Zoning Board of Adjustment, 156 NH 668 (2008), is the first reported case interpreting zoning authority amongst abutting municipalities.

Sullivan County
Lanea Witkus

Lanea Witkus started practicing in 1977 as a solo practitioner, practiced in several small law firms and is now a solo again. She previously served on the Board of Governors as a member from Sullivan County, then as Governor at Large for two years in the 1980’s.

ABA Association Delegate
Russell F. Hilliard

Russell F. Hilliard is an attorney with Upton & Hatfield, LLP in Portsmouth, where he focuses his practice in litigation, commercial law and insurance law. Russ earned his B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1973, his JD from Cornell University Law School in 1976 and his LL.M. in taxation in 1985 from Boston University School of Law. He is an American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow and a member of the Merrimack County and American Bar Associations. He is a member and past-chair of the Committee on Professionalism and a member of the Outreach Task Force. Russ is a past President of the NHBA, and is a member and past chair of the NHBA•CLE Committee. As Association Delegate, Hilliard represents the New Hampshire Bar Association in the House of Delegates.

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