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Bar News - January 21, 2015

Court News: Hillsborough County Prosecutor Tapped as Strafford County Clerk


Karen Gorham
Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Karen Gorham has been hired as the new clerk of Strafford County Superior Court in Dover.

Gorham has been with the county attorney’s office for a total of about six years. From 2004 to 2006, and again from 2008 to 2011, she worked at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office as an assistant attorney general in the criminal bureau and the consumer protection bureau’s banking division. Through her work at both offices, she has prosecuted thousands of cases ranging from homicide to securities violations.

Gorham is a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut, where she majored in accounting, and the University of San Diego School of Law.

Noting the demands of the job, NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau said, “All of our superior court clerks across the state are given a tremendous amount of responsibility. They ensure our county courts run smoothly, especially when it comes to jury trials. They must have the ability to work well with citizens, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and corrections. Strafford is a very busy court with its share of high-profile cases. That’s why I’m excited about having Karen on board. She is a breath of fresh air and has the creativity and work ethic that will serve the Superior Court well.”

Gorham replaces Julie Howard, who recently resigned after more than 20 years on the job. Reached by email, Howard told Bar News she is spending time on new projects.

“I have started two of my own businesses, combining creativity and my love of horses and dogs. They are ‘The Tack Tag’ and ‘The Dog Tag.’ These are customized, handmade leather name tags for horse and dog equipment.”

She also wished Gorham well in the role of court clerk.

“I wish my successor the best of luck, and I will always have a special place in my heart for Strafford County and those toiling in the trenches every day to make our community better,” she said. “I am proud of the things we were able to accomplish with diminishing resources while keeping our focus on constituent service and helping people who really needed our help during what can be a bewildering time navigating through the court system.”

Gorham is training for the job now and will start in her new role in February, court officials said.

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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