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Bar News - September 14, 2012

LARC’s Connie Rakowsky to Receive Ricker Award

Connie Rakowsky
The NH Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA) will present the 2012 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award to Connie L. Rakowsky. She is executive director of the Legal Advice and Referral Center (LARC), a private, non-profit law firm that provides free legal services to eligible, low-income individuals in New Hampshire.

The award is named in honor of Marilla M. Ricker, who in 1890 became the first woman to apply for admission to the New Hampshire Bar. It is presented to an outstanding woman lawyer in NH who has achieved professional excellence or paved the way to success for other women lawyers, advanced opportunities for women in the profession, or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women.

The award will be presented at the NHWBA’s 15th Annual Fall Reception on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at the Concord Country Club in East Concord from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Rakowsky began her legal career in 1981 with Orr & Reno., where she earned a strong reputation for handling complex multi-party bankruptcy cases for commercial and business clients at a time when few women were focusing on these cases. Later in her career, she gained extensive training and experience in mediation, and solving problems for business clients and non-profits.

Rakowsky has a long history of involvement in community service, serving as a board member and president of NH Legal Assistance, and as a director for the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative, a consolidated entity comprised of the former NH Women’s Policy Institute, the NH Commission on the Status of Women, and the NH Women’s Lobby and Alliance. Attorney Rakowsky also served on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Committee on Women in the Profession (which later transitioned into the Gender Equality Committee) and has participated in the Pro Bono Referral Program’s phone-a-thons.

At the reception, the NHWBA will also present the Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship to Jessica Allsop, a second-year law student of the UNH School of Law.

The Fall Reception is open to all members of the New Hampshire Bar Association. No RSVP required, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be provided.

For more information, visit

Recipients of the NH Women’s Bar Association’s Marilla Ricker Award gathered for a reception last month to raise awareness and funds for Campaign for Legal Services. Donate to the campaign at

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