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Bar News - November 16, 2012

Legal Community News

Jack Lightfoot
Dr. Roger M. Fossum Award
Jack Lightfoot, recently retired as the director of the NH Children’s Lobby, was awarded the Dr. Roger M. Fossum Award by the Attorney General’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect. This award is given in memory of the state’s first chief medical examiner, to honor individuals who have made an outstanding commitment to collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts to improve services for children affected by abuse and neglect in New Hampshire.
William A. Mulvey, Jr.
Distinguished Neutrals
William A. Mulvey, Jr. of Mulvey Professional Associates in Portsmouth was recently selected as the first mediator/arbitrator in NH to be accepted to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Daniel Crean
William Thornton IMLA Faculty Award
Daniel Crean of Pembroke was recently honored by the International Municipal Lawyers Association at its Annual Conference in Austin, Tex., as the 2012-13 recipient of the William Thornton IMLA Faculty Award. The honor, named for one of the revered icons of continuing legal education for local government lawyers, is presented to a municipal lawyer who has provided outstanding service to the public and who possesses an exemplary reputation in the legal community, the highest of ethical standards, and who is devoted to mentoring young lawyers and educating lawyers in local government law. In addition to receiving the Thornton Award, Crean also was designated an IMLA Fellow.
Margaret A. O’Brien
YMCA of Greater Manchester
Margaret A. O’Brien, of Devine Millimet in Manchester, has been named to the board of directors for the YMCA of Greater Manchester. The YMCA of Greater Manchester focuses on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, with five branches and two overnight camps located throughout New Hampshire.
Patricia M. McGrath
Patricia M. McGrath, of Devine Millimet in Manchester, recently co-authored a practice manual for New Hampshire attorneys published by MCLE New England, A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in New Hampshire.
Judith L. Bomster
Leadership of Greater Manchester
Judith L. Bomster, of Butenhof & Bomster in Manchester, has been selected for the Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2013 by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, a nine-month leadership development program.
Ann Butenhof
Special Needs Alliance
Ann Butenhof, of Butonhof & Bomster in Manchester, has been elected to the board of directors for the Special Needs Alliance (SNA). The SNA is a national nonprofit organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law. Butenhof is one of only three Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELAs) in the state.
Leslie Nixon
American Association of Justice
Leslie Nixon, of Nixon, Vogelman, Barry, Slawsky & Simoneau, in Manchester, has received the Distinguished Service Award from American Association of Justice (AAJ) President Gary Paul at the AAJ Board meeting following the Annual Convention in Chicago. AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights — particularly the right to trial by jury — and strengthens the civil justice system through education outreach. Nixon has served as president of the NH Association of Justice (NHAJ), a state AAJ affiliate, and serves on its board.
John F. Teague
Bradley F. Kidder Award
John F. Teague of Upton & Hatfield in Concord has received the Bradley F. Kidder award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Education Law. This award recognizes a NH school attorney who has played a significant role in advancing the position of school law in the state of New Hampshire.
Brian Cullen
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter
Brian Cullen of CullenCollimore in Nashua has joined the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Board of Directors. Nashua’s largest provider of meals and services to those in need, The shelter provides 1,700 meals per week to individuals and families, and provides education and employment services.
John Pendleton
Seacoast Mental Health Center Board
John Pendleton, partner at Dwyer, Donovan & Pendleton of Portsmouth, is serving as president of the Seacoast Mental Health Center Board of Directors. SMHC is a state-designated community mental health center and provides comprehensive psychiatry, counseling, case management and psychological services to residents in the eastern half of Rockingham County.
Edward Kaplan
Federation of Defense Counsel
Edward Kaplan of Sulloway & Hollis in Concord has been elected president of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), which is composed of recognized leaders among defense and corporate counsel, is dedicated to promoting knowledge, fellowship, and professionalism.
Dana Bisbee
Leadership NH
Dana Bisbee of Devine, Millimet & Branch in Manchester is chair of the Leadership NH Board of Trustees. Leadership New Hampshire identifies emerging talent, motivates emerging leaders on state issues, and develops a network for effective leadership.
Karen A. Gorham
American College of Trial Lawyers
Karen A. Gorham, of the Hillsborough County Attorney’s office, recently was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Founded in 1950, the ACTL recognizes excellence in the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship is by invitation only.
John Lyons
Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts’ Award
John Lyons of Lyons Law Office in Portsmouth was awarded the Good Scout Award by the Daniel Webster Council Boy Scouts of America at its 20th Annual Luncheon.

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