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Bar News - January 20, 2016


2016 Midyear Meeting Award Recipients Announced

The 2016 NHBA Midyear Meeting begins in Manchester on Fri., March 4 with the Gender Equality Breakfast, sponsored by the NHBA Gender Equality Committee. The event features the presentation of the Philip Holman Gender Equality Award to Sherry Young, co-founder and president of the Rath, Young and Pignatelli law firm, and remarks by former NH House Speaker Terie Norelli.

The Honors and Awards luncheon (award recipients listed below), combined with two important CLEs on the future of the legal profession, promise to make the 2016 Midyear Meeting a must-attend event with plenty of opportunities to renew contacts and meet new people.

Judge Joseph DiClerico: Distinguished Service to the Public


Judge DiClerico

US District Court Judge Joseph DiClerico, a judge for 38 years – 24 as a federal judge, will receive the NH Bar Association’s Distinguished Service to the Public Award at the Honors & Awards Luncheon at the Midyear Meeting. DiClerico has served as a federal judge since 1992, including a seven-year term as chief judge.

“He elevates professionalism to a new level,” wrote one attorney in nominating DiClerico, 74, adding that he “provides an ideal example of how a judge can decide hard cases, keep the judicial process moving, and leave those he encounters along the way with confidence in the system.”

Although he assumed senior status in 2007, DiClerico has maintained close to a full caseload. DiClerico joined the federal bench after 14 years as a NH Superior Court judge, where he capped his service with one year as chief justice of the Superior Court before his federal appointment. Admitted to the Bar in 1966, DiClerico served as law clerk to US District Court Judge Aloysius J. Connor, and also clerked for the NH Supreme Court from 1967 to 1968. After a short stint in private practice, DiClerico entered public service. He was assistant NH Attorney General from 1970 to 1977.

Dorothy Graham: Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law


Dorothy Graham

Dorothy Graham, managing attorney at the Manchester office of the New Hampshire Public Defender, will receive the Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award for 2016.

In her current role, Graham supervises an office of more than 20 lawyers of various experience levels. She acts as a mentor and guide while also carrying a substantial caseload of her own, and has garnered the respect of the local legal and law enforcement communities. She also has been instrumental in bringing alternative sentencing to Hillsborough County, according to those who nominated her, and has a strong ability to work collaboratively with others.

A public defender for many years, Graham has advocated for countless clients with professionalism and passion. An attorney who supported Graham’s nomination said her calm demeanor, thoughtful reasoning and willingness to consult on cases make her an asset to the NHPD, the Bar, and the broader community.

In addition to the respect she has garnered in the legal community, those who nominated her consider her “a fiercely loyal friend” who makes herself available as a sounding board and offers thoughtful advice. Admitted to the NH Bar Association in 1995, Graham is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School.

Roger Phillips: Vickie Bunnell Award for Community Service


Roger Phillips

Roger Phillips, of Phillips Law Office in Concord, has been selected to receive the 2016 Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service.

Phillips, a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, has been practicing law for more than 45 years and currently advocates for the rights of consumers. He is the New Hampshire chair of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and has been active in multiple legal associations both locally an nationally. He also serves as a volunteer with the NH Lawyers Assistance Program.

In addition to his involvement in the legal community, Phillips has shown his dedication to the community of Concord, his hometown. His has served as a Concord School Board member, and on the board of the Merrimack-Belknap Community Action Program, and has been active in local sports. He also served as clerk of the Concord School District for more than 28 years.

According to one attorney who nominated Phillips for the award, “What sets Roger Phillips apart is that he has been able to combine his love of the law with his commitment to the community and his peers.”

Sherry Young: Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award


Sherry Young

Sherry Young, co-founder and president of the Rath, Young and Pignatelli law firm, and a well-known environmental and transaction lawyer, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Philip Holman award for Gender Equality. The award will be presented at the NHBA Gender Equality Committee’s breakfast event at the Midyear Meeting.

The committee said Young has been a willing mentor and role model to many female attorneys in her firm and throughout the legal community. As a law firm leader, “she brought the concept of transparency” to compensation and benefits decisions and supported a family-friendly work environment at Rath and Young, the committee noted.

Admitted to the Bar in 1982 after obtaining a law degree from UNH School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), Young was at Orr & Reno until 1987 when she helped found the Rath Young law firm. In 1989, she served a year as legislative counsel to then-Gov. Judd Gregg. Her list of community, political and professional activities and leadership roles is extensive.

Tickets for the Gender Equality Breakfast on the morning of the Midyear Meeting are only $15 per ticket. The keynote speaker for the event is former NH House Speaker Terie Norelli, who now heads the NH Women’s Foundation.


Chief Justice Dalianis

Andrew Perlman

William Hubbard

Aiming for the Future of the Profession

How the Game is Changing
9 - 11:30 a.m.
120 min. NHMCLE Ethics/Prof. Credits

NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda S. Dalianis will share a perspective from the Court as to what NH lawyers can expect for the future, including The NH e-Court Project.

Andrew Perlman, dean of Suffolk University Law School and vice chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, will address major changes in the profession, recent ABA initiatives, alternative business structures and limited licensed legal technicians.

William Hubbard, ABA immediate past-president, will share his vision in establishing the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, discuss how the legal profession is developing and how lawyers can stay ahead of the game. He will address how lawyers can best serve clients with the changing demands of 21st century practice.


Finding The Flow of the Future
2 - 4:30 p.m.
120 min. NHMCLE Ethics/Prof. Credits


Chief Judge Laplante

John Suh

Colin Rule

Nik Reed

US District Court Chief Judge Joseph Laplante, chair of the NH Access to Justice Commission, will discuss expanding access to justice and the role of innovation.

John Suh, CEO of LegalZoom, one of the nation's most recognized legal brands with over 2 million customers, will address how LegalZoom is transforming the delivery of legal services and how individual lawyers can employ these approaches.

Colin Rule, COO of Modria, an online dispute resolution service, will address the role of technology in resolving disputes.

Nik Reed, co-founder of RAVEL Law, a legal search and analytics company, will talk about efforts to make the law more accessible to all. RAVEL is collaborating with Harvard Law School on "Free the Law," a project that aims to make legal research available for free online.

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