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Bar News - April 19, 2013

Mary Tenn Elected Vice President of NH Bar

Mary Elizabeth Tenn, of the law firm of Tenn and Tenn in Manchester, joins the NHBA Board of Governors as vice president when the new Association year begins at the conclusion of the 2013 Annual Meeting on June 21.

Tenn was unopposed in her bid for the vice presidency, the first-year position in what is typically a three-year transition to the Association presidency.

Taking office as NHBA president in 2013-14 will be Jaye L. Rancourt, of Brennan Caron Lenehan & Iacopino in Manchester, who was president-elect this year. Lisa Wellman-Ally, of Elliott Jasper Auten Shklar & Wellman-Ally in Newport, moves up as president-elect.

Balloting for the NHBA Board of Governors election took place online from April 1 to April 15, which was after Bar News went to press. The results of the election, including two contested races, will be reported in an upcoming e-Bulletin newletter and at

Wellman-Ally and Tenn will create the NHBA’s first all-female leadership track, following Jaye Rancourt as president in the coming year.

Tenn also follows in the footsteps of her brother, James J. Tenn Jr., who served as NHBA president in 2009-2010. (Their firm, Tenn and Tenn, actually includes four siblings in the practice – Jim, Mary, John Tenn, and most recently Annmarie Tenn, who joined the firm after leaving Ropes & Gray in Boston.)

Mary Tenn, who recently served as president of the Manchester Bar Association, said participation in the state Bar Association is important because of the role it plays in fostering professionalism, collegiality, and the enabling of the legal profession to effectively communicate with the judiciary and reach out to the public.

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