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Bar News - February 19, 2014

NH Bar Association Announces 2014 Award Recipients

The attorneys to be honored with awards at the 2014 Midyear Meeting are a cross-section of the NH Bar Association, practicing in the largest firms, mid-sized firms, small firms and solo practices. They hail from the North Country as well as the central and southern parts of the state, and they represent several generations of bar members. What they share is a dedication to others and always striving for excellence.

Awards will be presented to the following attorneys at the Honors & Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 7, at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester: Gordon MacDonald, Jonathon Frizzell, Jeffrey Strelzin and Charles Greenhalgh. Heather Krans is this year’s recipient of the Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award, to be presented at the Gender Equality Breakfast on the same day.

NHBA Distinguished Service to the Public Award

Gordon MacDonald
Gordon MacDonald is a partner and litigator at Nixon Peabody in Manchester. For the past two years, MacDonald has chaired the Campaign for Legal Services, the fundraising effort that supports NH Legal Assistance, the Legal Advice & Referral Center and the NH Pro Bono Referral Program. During the past two campaigns, the effort has raised more than $500,000. He also has testified on behalf of an increased state appropriation for civil legal services for the poor before the NH Legislature, and serves on the NH Access to Justice Commission.

For the past three years, MacDonald also has chaired the NH Board of Bar Examiners and has regularly volunteered as a panel attorney for the NH Pro Bono’s Domestic Violence Emergency Project (DOVE). He is a member of the NHBA Federal Practice Section and author of Wiebusch on New Hampshire Civil Practice and Procedure (4th edition forthcoming, May 2014).

Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award

Heather E. Krans
Heather E. Krans, of counsel to the Stein Law Firm, concentrates her practice in the areas of domestic relations and appellate law. She recently chaired the NHBA Family Law Section. She served as president of the NH Women’s Bar Association from 2004 to 2006. Krans was a trustee of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England from 2005-2011 and currently serves on the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire Board of Directors. Krans also has participated in programs on a national level for the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations. She earned her BA from the University of Vermont in 1994 and her JD from Emory University School of Law in 1997.

NHBA Vickie Bunnell Award for Community Service

Jonathan Frizzell
Jonathan Frizzell, a native of New Hampshire’s North Country, is a partner in the firm of Waystack Frizzell, Trial Lawyers, of Colebrook. He has been with the firm since 1996 and became a partner in 2002. He is a member of the First Colebrook Bank Board of Directors and a former member of the Coos County Planning Board for the Unincorporated Places. He is active in the Colebrook Bambino Baseball League and coaches the Colebrook Junior High boys’ basketball team. He also served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Civil Access to Justice.

Frizzell served as Colebrook Town Moderator from 1999 to 2007 and currently serves as the School Moderator for Colebrook. He is a former Colebrook School Board member and former chair of the School District Building Committee. Frizzell returned to his hometown of Colebrook – the same town where Vickie Bunnell practiced law – after earning a BA at Dartmouth College and a JD from UNH Law.

Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award

Jeffrey Strelzin
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin is chief of the homicide unit. His position, which he has held for nearly a decade, requires around-the-clock commitment and availability, as he is the first contact for law enforcement investigating any suspicious death in the state. In addition to supervising all homicide prosecutions in New Hampshire, Strelzin also has handled some high-profile cases himself, including State v. Michael Addison and State v. Christopher Gribble. Strelzin also mentors younger attorneys and routinely lectures at high schools, colleges and law schools. He is dedicated to protecting the rights and safety of New Hampshire citizens and to ensuring that victims of violent crime receive justice in the courtroom.

L. Jonathan Ross Award for
Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor

Charles Greenhalgh
Charles Greenhalgh, of Cooper, Cargill, Chant in North Conway, has been a committed and passionate participant in and supporter of the Pro Bono Referral Program and its DOVE Project for a quarter century. He is consistently responsive to staff, always maintains an open Pro Bono case, and represents victims of domestic abuse through DOVE. He began accepting DOVE referrals from Bridges crisis center when practicing in Nashua early in his career. Charles made it a point to connect with the crisis center in Berlin, offering to help victims in Coos County, where he also makes it a point to take on contested family law cases for Pro Bono. Charles serves as faculty for Pro Bono’s annual Divorce Camp and, as a member of the Pro Bono Board, assists the program in setting policy and goals.

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