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Bar News - October 15, 2014

Court News: Three New Judges Swiftly Confirmed




Amy Ignatius, chair of the Public Utilities Commission for the past two years and a PUC member since 2009, and Andrew Schulman, a criminal defense attorney, were recently appointed to the NH Superior Court. Suzanne Gorman, chief of the civil appellate division at the NH Department of Justice, also was named to the NH Circuit Court.

The NH Executive Council voted unanimously to confirm all three judicial nominees on Oct. 1, just two weeks after they were nominated by Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Ignatius is sworn in on Oct. 17; Schulman on Oct. 29 and Gorman on Nov. 10.

Ignatiusí appointment continues a career dominated by public service. Beginning her legal career at the Devine Millimet firm, she later joined the NH Attorney Generalís office, working on civil and criminal cases and eventually was named to head the Consumer Protection Bureau. She then held staff positions at the PUC and the Governorís Energy Office as well as serving as executive director of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners.

Schulman, currently a partner at Getman, Schulthess & Steere, in Manchester, began his legal career in 1985 at the NH Public Defender Program. After a brief stint at Hill & Barlow in Boston, he returned to the NH Public Defender as a homicide/major crimes attorney. He joined the Getman law firm in 2000.

Gorman has overseen civil appeals at the Attorney Generalís office since 2007. She began her career in 1988 as a clerk at the NH Supreme Court, and then an associate in the litigation department at the McLane firm in Manchester in 1989. She joined the Attorney Generalís office in 1995 and has steadily moved up the ranks to her current position.

Both Gorman and Schulman have been longtime members of the NHBA Continuing Legal Education Committee.

Following their confirmation, Hassan said: ďThese three highly qualified individuals will bring a broad range of experience to our courts, and I am confident that their temperament and character will help make them exemplary judges.Ē

The additions to the Superior Court will bring its total to 20 judges, the number the Legislature capped it at for the biennium ending June 30, 2015. Gormanís appointment will bring the count of full-time circuit court judges to 30, one shy of the Legislatureís cap.

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