Bar News - August 19, 2015
Bar Governance: NH Bar Leaders Shine at ABA Annual Meeting
By: Kristen Senz
Committee Chair Kathryn Madigan (left) and NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy in Chicago.
New Hampshire Bar Association Executive Director Jeannine McCoy has been reappointed as special advisor to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Bar Activities and Services (SCOBAS). Her second one-year term began at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting that was held July 30 through Aug. 4 in Chicago.
McCoy, who has been with the NH Bar Association for 33 years and executive director for 22, is the only layperson ever to be reappointed as a special advisor to the nine-member committee, which oversees the work of the ABA Division for Bar Services (DBS). ABA DBS provides education, consultation, training and management support services for bar leaders, and serves as the coordinating agency for ABA services to bar associations across the country.
“I’m honored to have been reappointed to work with this committee and the Division for Bar Services. The support of the Division is essential to bar associations around the country as they work to remain useful and relevant to their members during these fast-changing times,” McCoy said.
The ABA DBS strives to identify national trends and inform bar leaders of developments in issues of importance to the legal profession. Kathryn Grant Madigan, a partner at the law firm of Levene Gouldin & Thompson in Vestal, NY, chairs the committee.
“Jeannine is a highly experienced, and engaging executive director, and we are very fortunate to have her on SCOBAS,” Madigan says. “The Division of Bar Services staff, as well as all of us on the committee, have benefitted from the perspective Jeannine brings to our discussions as an association ‘insider’ about better serving our state, local, specialty and minority bars, and serving as a resource for their leadership. She is chock full of ideas she has gleaned from her many years of work with the New Hampshire Bar, the New England Bar and the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE).”
From left, Jeannine McCoy, NHBA executive director; Frederic Ury, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism; John Garvey, director of the Daniel Webster Scholars Program at UNH Law; and NH Supreme Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy. Garvey accepted an ABA E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award for the DWS program on behalf of UNH Law at a recent ABA meeting. Garvey said the program depends on the cooperation of the judicial branch, the bar association, and the NH Board of Bar Examiners.
McCoy will play a vital role, along with the committee members, in hosting programs at the ABA Bar Leadership Institute, held in March in Chicago each year. She also will assist in welcoming first-timers as an ambassador of the ABA. “I am delighted that Jeannine was reappointed by ABA President Paulette Brown and look forward to working with her in the year ahead,” says Madigan.
Also at the ABA annual meeting in Chicago, NH Bar Association past president Jennifer Parent was elected secretary of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP). Parent, a director at the McLane firm, where she is chair of the litigation department, is in line to become president of the organization in a few years. She first joined the NCBP Executive Council in 2012.
New Hampshire was in the spotlight again at the ABA meeting when John Garvey, director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, accepted an ABA E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award (see photo this page). A program of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, the award came with a $3,500 cash prize, supported by the E. Smythe Gambrell Fund for Professionalism. The award committee selected the DWS program because it “represents an exemplary and extraordinarily innovative approach to preparing qualified students for a life in the law by immersing them in experiential learning and exposing them to exceptional professional development resources and role models.”
Ginny Martin, NHBA legal services director, was also invited to Chicago to receive a special award, which was presented to the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPRo), of which she is a past president. Selected for the special recognition by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, NAPBPRo was founded in 1987 and is an independent organization of pro bono program directors and staff. The award recognized NAPBPRo as an organization that provides “essential training, support and resources to professionalize the infrastructure that makes the pro bono legal services delivery system work so well.”