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Bar News - May 21, 2014

NHBA Award Recipients Announced

Eileen Fox

Mary Searles

Albert Cirone Jr.

John Tobin
A widely respected member of the bar, a longtime judge, and the state law librarian will receive annual bar association awards this year.

NH Supreme Court Clerk Eileen Fox was selected as the recipient of the 2014 E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism. Named for one of Fox’s early mentors, the award celebrates the esteem Fox has earned among her colleagues both as an attorney in private practice at the Devine firm and as NH Supreme Court staff attorney, legal counsel and clerk.

This year’s recipient of the NHBA Award for Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession, Mary Searles will celebrate her tenth year as the NH State Law Librarian in July. With a tight budget and small staff, Searles has strived to maintain the integrity of the library’s print collection while exploring and expanding online resources, and enhancing collaborative relationships with reference librarians in public libraries. Searles previously worked at the NH Bar Association, heading up its Lawyer Referral Service.

Retired Circuit Court Judge Albert Cirone Jr. will receive the 2014 Justice William Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism. Known for fairness from the bench and commitment to Lebanon and the Upper Valley community, Cirone has worked as a sole practitioner for many years and as a judge since 1988. Cirone was instrumental in establishing the “Halls of Hope” mental health court in Lebanon.
Special Awards To Be Given at Annual Meeting
Two special President’s awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting Honors & Awards luncheon by NHBA President Jaye Rancourt.

John Tobin, retiring next month after 18 years as executive director of NH Legal Assistance, will be honored for his leadership and vision during a career dedicated to civil legal assistance for the poor and vulnerable.

Also to be recognized will be the legal and social services agencies that are collaborating on foreclosure prevention and advocacy programs funded by a grant from the NH Department of Justice.

The participants to be honored are:

Foreclosure Relief Project, a legal services partnership of NHLA, the Legal Advice & Referral Center, and the NH Bar Association’s Pro Bono and Lawyer Referral Service programs;, a statewide consortium of homeownership counseling resources; and 2-1-1 New Hampshire, the statewide community resources hotline, one of the prime referral sources for homeowners facing foreclosure.

The awards presentation will also include special thanks to James Boffetti, senior assistant attorney general and chief of the Consumer Protection Bureau; and Glenn Perlow, NH Banking Commissioner, for their assistance in launching this project.

Learn more about the NHBA Annual Meeting.

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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