Bar News - June 21, 2013
New Bar President Assumes Office
Defense attorney and civil litigator Jaye Rancourt takes the helm as president of NH Bar Association at the NHBA Annual Meeting in Portsmouth on Friday, June 21.
Rancourt, who will serve a one-year term as president, graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1999 and relocated to New Hampshire to begin her practice with the NH Public Defenders Office. She worked for the NH Public Defender’s Office until 2003, when she began practicing with Brennan Caron Lenehan & Iacopino in Manchester. She was named a shareholder of the firm in 2009.
Rancourt practices criminal defense and civil litigation in the state and federal court. She has served on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Board of Governors since 2008 and is a past chair of the NHBA New Lawyers Committee. She has also served as a member of the Professionalism Committee, the Law Related Education Committee and the Steering Committee of the NHBA Leadership Academy. Additionally, Rancourt served as the District Representative for New Hampshire and Massachusetts to the American Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division for two years. She then served as the Affiliates Director and the Administrative Director of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and on the ABA–YLD Leadership Advisory Board. As NHBA Vice President, she served a one-year stint on the Professional Conduct Committee.
Rancourt was the 2009 recipient of the NH Bar Foundation Robert E. Kirby Award, which recognizes attorneys age 35 and younger who exemplify the qualities of professionalism, civility and good humor.
She succeeds Larry Vogelman, who remains on the NHBA Board of Governors as Immediate Past President. Rancourt leads the first all-female leadership team for the Bar Association, with Lisa Wellman-Ally and Mary Elizabeth Tenn elected President-elect and Vice President, respectively.