Bar News - August 23, 2013
Chief Justice Nadeau Wins Ricker Award
The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association recently announced the selection of NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau as the recipient of the 2013 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award.
|Hon. Tina Nadeau
The Ricker Award honors an outstanding woman lawyer in New Hampshire who has achieved professional excellence and paved the way to success for other women lawyers, advanced opportunities for women in the profession, and/or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women.
Nadeau began her legal career with the Concord law firm of Rath, Young and Pignatelli in 1988. She then moved to the Office of the Attorney General, where she prepared and tried 10 criminal cases and argued more than 20 appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. She also worked as legal counsel for Gov. Stephen Merrill. Nadeau was appointed associate justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court in 1996 and was elevated to chief justice in 2011.
Nadeau has been instrumental in the creation of alternative sentencing programs known as drug and mental health courts in New Hampshire. A longtime champion for gender equality in New Hampshire, Nadeau has been an active supporter of the NHWBA and its mission, having participated in the Path to the Bench seminars and the Table for Eight program.
The award will be presented to Nadeau at the NHWBA’s 16th Annual Fall Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Concord Country Club. The event is open to the public; no RSVP is required. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be provided. Also at the reception, the Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship will be presented to a deserving second-year law student at UNH School of Law.