Bar News - February 18, 2015
NH Bar Foundation News: US District Court Judge McCafferty Named Honorary Fellow
By: Dan Wise
US District Court Judge Landya McCafferty has been selected as the 2015 Honorary Fellow of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and will be honored at the Fellows & Donors Reception at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire, following the NH Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting.
The reception will also include a celebration of the decades-long partnership between attorneys and banks that has generated more than $31 million in funding for legal aid and civic education through the IOLTA program, including $960,000 in the current fiscal year. Leaders of participating financial institutions are being invited to the reception, along with representatives of organizations receiving IOLTA support.
Over the years, IOLTA has been the largest single source of funding for civil legal aid in New Hampshire. The IOLTA program helps the foundation fulfill its mission of promoting and furthering the goal of equal access to justice, with the help of supporters like Judge McCafferty.
McCafferty, a Harvard University graduate, taught at St. Paul’s School in Concord before attending Northeastern University School of Law, earning her law degree in 1991. She clerked for federal court judge Norman Stahl and was in private practice for one year at the McLane law firm before joining the NH Public Defender in 1995.
Admired for her courtroom skills, McCafferty devoted herself to sharing her expertise, through continuing legal education programs, mentoring, participating in the Inns of Court in New Hampshire, and, more recently, offering training on the use of iPads in the courtroom.
“Throughout her career, Judge McCafferty has built a reputation for hard work, outstanding legal analysis, and exemplary collegiality,” said Jack Middleton, chair of the NH Bar Foundation. As the first trial counsel for the state’s attorney discipline process, McCafferty received praise for diligent and prompt investigation of allegations while at the same time respecting due process and ensuring fair treatment for attorneys and complainants, Middleton said.
In 2010, McCafferty joined the federal bench as a magistrate judge. Three years later, she was confirmed as a US District Court judge, jointly nominated by US Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte. She was the first female judge appointed to the federal bench in New Hampshire, succeeding Steven McAuliffe, who had assumed senior status.
The NH Bar Foundation’s mission is to promote the role of lawyers in securing equal access to justice and to support the charitable and educational aims of the NH Bar and its members. In recognition of long-term, active participation in advancing the mission of the foundation, one or more individuals are honored each year with the Honorary Fellow designation. Honorary Fellows, NH Bar Foundation donors, and IOLTA Leadership financial institutions are recognized at the annual Fellows & Donors reception, held each year at the completion of the Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting.
Attorneys interested in attending the Bar Foundation reception should contact Lisha Brosseau at the foundation’s office at email@example.com.
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