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Bar News - August 20, 2014

Women’s Bar Names Hess as 2014 Marilla Ricker Award Recipient

Carol Hess
The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association has selected Carol Hess as the recipient of the 2014 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award.

The Ricker Award honors an outstanding woman lawyer in New Hampshire who has achieved professional excellence and paved the way to success for other women lawyers, advanced opportunities for women in the profession, and/or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women.

A principal with Hess Gehris Solutions, a dispute resolution firm in Bow, Hess is active in her community and in the legal profession. She began her legal career as a clerk with the New Hampshire Superior Court. She then served as an attorney with the New Hampshire Legal Assistance Public Defender Program. In 1984, Hess moved to private practice as a civil litigator for a time, before joining Hess Gehris Solutions.

Hess is the chair of the Piscataquog Land Conservancy Board of Trustees, past chair of the Whipple Free Library Foundation, and the chair of the capital campaign at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Milford.

Hess has garnered the respect of people who have practiced with her during her 35 years as a New Hampshire attorney. As her nominators wrote: “In her approach to her legal practice, and in all other aspects of her life, Carol demonstrates wisdom which has evolved from deep caring. Carol cares about many things. First and foremost, Carol cares about justice. Fairness and integrity are not just words in her vocabulary, but provide the foundation for the way that she lives her life and practices law.”

Named for Marilla Ricker, the first woman to apply for admission to the New Hampshire bar, the award will be presented to Hess at NHWBA’s 17th Annual Fall Reception, to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Concord Country Club in Concord. The association will also present the Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship to a second-year law student at UNH School of Law.

The event is open to the public, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The NHWBA asks that attendees register in advance on the association’s website.

The NHWBA is a statewide association founded to promote and support the advancement and interests of women in the legal community.

For more information, visit the assocation’s website,

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