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Bar News - March 22, 2013

NH Bar Foundation: Nominations Sought for 2013 Kirby Award

Part of Bob Kirbyís legacy was an enduring reminder of what it means to be a great lawyer in New Hampshire.

A rising star known by partners in his firm and by opposing counsel as someone who was smart, professional, honest and charismatic, Kirby died of a sudden illness in 1996, when he was just 35 years old.

Name the Boy Scout virtues, and Bob Kirby had them, but yet not a hint of sanctimony, not a hint of self-righteousness, said US District Court Judge Stephen McAuliffe, who hired Kirby right out of law school at Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell.

The Robert E. Kirby Award is given annually to a practitioner 35 years old or younger who demonstrates excellent advocacy and civility. The purpose of the award is to honor Bobís memory and to serve as a reminder that decency, courtesy and perspective neither inhibit nor defeat excellent advocacy. One of the only awards given to young lawyers, it is a testament to Bob Kirby and to the traditions and values of the New Hampshire bar. Kirby Award nomination form.

The NH Bar Foundation supports this award, as well as the Frank Rowe Kenison Award for Contributions to Justice. The Kenison award is presented annually to a person or group making a substantial contribution to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession or the advancement of legal thought. Kenison Award nomination form.

Nominations for either the Kirby or Kenison awards are due April 1, 2013. These awards will be presented at the NH Bar Foundation Annual Event on May 14. For more information or to nominate someone for either of these awards, please contact Mary White.

Hear and see the Kirby award story in a brief video.

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