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Bar News - September 20, 2013

Honors and Awards: Saunders Named Mental Health Champion

Arpiar Saunders Jr.
Arpiar “Arpy” Saunders Jr., a member of the New Hampshire Bar since 1976, will receive a Rainbow Award from Riverbend Community Mental Health next month.

“Arpy has made significant and long-lasting contributions to better and brighter futures for children, families, and adults living with serious emotional disorders or mental illness,” said attorney Karen Levchuk, a Riverbend board member.

A founder and 30-year member of the board of directors at the NH Office of Public Guardians, Saunders has served in many volunteer roles, including 12 years on the Hopkinton School Board and the Riverbend Board of Directors, where he currently serves on the audit committee.

“Arpy joined the Shaheen and Gordon law firm in 1991 and brought with him his superb litigation skills, but more important, he brought his vivid commitment to use the law as a vehicle for positive social change,” recalls Steven Gordon.

Saunders received his law degree from Boston University School of Law, served in the US Army in the Judge Advocate’s General Corps and then worked at the National Prison Project in Washington, DC, for the American Civil Liberties Union before moving to New Hampshire to join NH Legal Assistance as chief litigator in 1976. He was a professor of law at UNH Law School (then Franklin Pierce Law Center) from 1978 to 1996.

Journalist Ken Braiterman and mental health professional Gretchen Grappone will also be honored with 2013 Rainbow Awards, which will be presented at an event scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Visit for more information or contact

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