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Bar News - December 14, 2012

Presidentís Perspective: Despite Difficult Times, I am Thankful and Proud


Lawrence A. Vogelman
As many of you know, the last few months have been particularly difficult for me. I had heart surgery in August and lost my 24-year-old son Jake, to Hurricane Sandy. Without the support of the New Hampshire legal community, I do not know how I would ever be able to deal with these events. Thank you all for your support, phone calls, letters, emails and thoughts. You will never know how much I appreciate all of you.

Facing your own mortality and losing a child really makes you think about your life. Many people in circumstances such as mine decide to redirect their efforts in an attempt to give their life more meaning. I have never entertained that thought. I cannot think of a more noble and worthwhile endeavor than being a lawyer. And I cannot conceive of a better place to be a lawyer than here in New Hampshire.

When asked what I do for a living, I am likely to respond, "I am saving the world, one client at a time." And I truly believe that.

I believe that we, as lawyers, have a truly unique opportunity. We have the opportunity to change peopleís lives. This is true regardless of our choice of practice.

Whether we represent criminal defendants, governmental agencies, citizens involved in family or civil disputes, corporations or small businesses, we have tremendous responsibility and power. We enforce the rule of law.

We have the power to use our legal system, the system that makes our society work. And we have the responsibility to do so wisely. Whether it is drafting a contract, advising a business, arguing to a jury or a judge, or negotiating with a colleague, we are the engines that make our system work.

As I said earlier, I am proud to be a lawyer here in New Hampshire. I am even more proud to be the president of our Bar Association. I hope that all of you enjoy being lawyers as much as I do, and I have. Again, thank you for all your support.

Larry Vogelman, of Nixon, Vogelman, Barry, Slawsky and Simoneau in Manchester, is the 2012-13 NHBA President.

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