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Bar News - August 17, 2012

Morning Mail: Judge Tenney: ‘Profoundly Appreciated’ Support

Dear Friends of the Bar,

I am writing to thank all my colleagues on the bench, my co-workers in the Judicial Branch, and members of the Bar who so generously gave to the assistance fund, which the Bar Association so graciously and kindly set up at the request of its members. I was so touched and surprised by this unexpected action, and extremely grateful. Although medical bills and other financial issues were probably the least important crisis facing our family, these issues were still very significant.

The medical crisis which I and my family faced came without any warning and nearly cost us everything. I was in such critical condition for the initial two weeks that I was aware of very little, but when I became more conscious, my wife brought me up to speed with regard to all of the calls, emails, texts, cards, prayers and visitors who had stopped by the hospital. The outpouring of communications and visitors continued for the rest of my month-long stay in the hospital and beyond. The support I received, in so many ways, from the Judicial Branch and the legal community, was beyond anything I could have possibly expected. This support was so deeply and profoundly appreciated and very beneficial to me as I started down the path to recovery. The care and concern shown to my family as well was so helpful to my wife, Holly, and our three children.

Unfortunately, we all live in a time where the value of our court system is not fully appreciated and the image of lawyers and the legal community continues to come under fire, unjustifiably. I have always believed; however, I now have undeniable proof that our profession and the entire Judicial Branch, including not only the judges, but the clerks and bailiffs as well, is filled with committed, dedicated professionals and public servants whose contributions as professionals are only exceeded by their kindness, compassion, generosity, and character as people. I couldn’t be prouder than I am to have been a part of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New Hampshire Judicial Branch over the past 22 years.

My recovery is coming along fine. I am now back on the bench full time as of June 4. I am grateful that my life was spared and I intend to rededicate myself to the goal of improving the lives of children and assisting families in our state every day. Hopefully, I will now have many more years to do just that.

With deepest appreciation and gratitude,
Edward B. Tenney

Editor’s note: The NH Bar Association coordinated the creation of a fund to allow Bar members to make donations anonymously to Tenney’s family to defray expenses incurred by his sudden illness. As a per diem judge, Judge Tenney does not receive benefits in his position. See page two for an article introducing a new voluntary assistance program, SOLACE, that will enable Bar members to connect and provide non-monetary help to each other.

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