Bar News - March 19, 2014
Spotlight on New Lawyers
Four newer members of the legal profession spoke at the Midyear Meeting luncheon, as part of NHBA President Jaye Rancourt’s leadership initiative to more fully engage newer lawyers in the bar association.
Pictured at Midyear Meeting luncheon are (L-R) Jaye Rancourt, Quinn Kelley, Rory Parnell and Molly Lynch.
Rancourt, who was active in the NHBA New Lawyers Committee and the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division, invited her counterparts, Ned Sackman, current New Lawyers Committee chair, and Quinn Kelley, New Hampshire’s representative to the YLD, to speak about some of the activities and perspectives of newer lawyers. The 2014 Pro Bono Rising Star honorees, Molly Lynch and Rory Parnell, also spoke, saying that their participation as Pro Bono volunteers at the beginning of their careers has helped them grow as lawyers and more quickly gain familiarity with the legal community.
Sackman said his the NLC provides a way for newer lawyers to get involved with the association, whether they are employed, underemployed, or still looking for a legal job. NLC has several activities underway – the mentor program, public service projects and purely social gatherings. The group also has begun arranging networking/career development events that put a small number of new lawyers together for dinner with a judge – US District Court Judge Landya McCafferty was their first guest.
Kelley had the dual purpose of telling the luncheon audience about the involvement of new lawyers in the strategic planning initiative for the Bar Association as well as a couple of public service projects sponsored by the ABA’s YLD.