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Bar News - August 19, 2015

In Memoriam: John R. McKinnon


John R. McKinnon of Campton, NH, died July 15, 2015, at the age of 59.

Born in Alamogordo, NM, McKinnon began his education in Wayland, Mass., where he was an athlete in skiing, soccer and tennis. He pursued sports at the White Mountain School in Franconia, where he met his future wife, Deb.

At the age of 40, McKinnon enrolled in Massachusetts School of Law. Upon graduation, as Plymouth District Court clerk, in addition to his formal duties, he reached out to his community with courthouse tours, mock trials for local schools, and alternative justice projects, such as the Greenbook program, drug court, the NH Bar Association Domestic Violence Emergency Project (DOVE) and Project Harmony.

As a district court prosecutor, McKinnon represented 13 towns and was appreciated for his collaborative work with local police as well as the justice system. He was known for his pro bono work at the firm of Samaha & Russell before he established a private practice in Campton. He often provided free legal service for those who could not afford representation. For this, he received the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award for Rural Access to Justice in 2010 from the New Hampshire Bar Association and was consistently listed on the “Pro Bono Honor Roll” for his pro bono work for several years.

McKinnon is survived by his wife, two children, two sisters, one brother and their spouses. He also leaves his nieces and nephews.

Donations in McKinnon’s memory can been made to the Appalachian Mountain Club or the New Hampshire Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program.

In memory of our colleague, the NHBA Board of Governors has contributed to the NH Bar Foundation.

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