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Bar News - December 13, 2013

Photograph of First Women Lawyers Finds a New Home

The online version replaces incorrect information in the caption; Anne M. Howorth was mis-identified in the print edition.

In 2001, the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA) began the time-consuming project of identifying the first 100 women admitted to the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Many NHWBA members helped research the names of those women and the dates of their admission. On May 2, 2002, a Tribute to the First 100 Women event was held to honor those women, who led the way for today’s women lawyers. At that event, a photograph was taken of 26 of the first 100 women admitted to practice law in the Granite State.

Kay Sternenberg, who planted the seed for the entire project, was the caretaker of that photograph until recently. Now, the photograph has a new home: the New Hampshire Bar Center. So, if your travels take you to the Bar Center, look for the photograph in one of the conference rooms, where it will be displayed starting early next year.

For a complete list of the First 100 Women, you can visit

The NHWBA would appreciate your help in identifying one of the women in the photograph. Despite our best efforts to confirm the identity of all of the women pictured, we have been unable to confirm the identity of the woman who is standing in the back and is sixth from the right. We are having a contest to try to confirm her identity. The first person to correctly identify her will win a one-year membership in the NHWBA. If you know her identity, please contact NHWBA’s Executive Director Gretchen E. Pyles.

This photograph was taken May 2, 2002, at the NHWBA's Tribute to the First 100 Women. The number after each name indicates the order in which the women were admitted to the bar. Left to right, standing: Lucille Kozlowski (29), Janina Stodolski (65), Cathy J. Green (84), Stephanie T. Nute (76), Carolyn W. Baldwin (79), Jane R. Lawrence (91), Charlotte Crane (81), Claudia Cords Damon (51), Sharon Ann Coughlin (58), Jean K. Burling (47), Deborah J. Cooper (71), Unknown, Alexandra T. Breed (49), Judith Dunlop Ransmeier (39), Susan Vercillo Duprey (98), Marilyn Billings McNamara (95), and Pamela D. Kelly (82). L to R seated: Elaine R. Warshell (77), Leila L. Maynard (25th), Laura Jane Kahn (41st), Linda Stewart Dalianis (50), Priscilla B. Fox (67), Ellen J. Musinsky (63), Anne M. Howorth (32), Barbara R. Keshen (89), and Margaret Quill Flynn (28).

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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