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Bar News - June 15, 2016

NH Bar Foundation: Fellows Event: Awards to Judge Bean, Jack Middleton

Retired NH Superior Court Judge Arthur Bean Jr. and Jack Middleton have been selected to receive awards at the NH Bar Foundation Fellows Justice Reception, which was to be held June 8 in Manchester.

Bean, who is still playing golf at age 97, retired from the Superior Court in 1987 but continued to serve as a judicial referee and private mediator for many years.

The NH Bar Foundation selected Bean for recognition due to his many contributions to the community, including his steadfast support of the NH Bar Foundation. Bean’s support has helped the foundation achieve many important milestones, said Scott Harris, Bar Foundation treasurer, who helped organize the Fellows reception. As a Fellow of the Bar Foundation himself, Bean exemplifies the professional accomplishments and commitment to service that represent the best of the legal profession in New Hampshire, Harris said.

The Fellows reception also was to include the presentation of the inaugural Nixon-Zachos Award to Bar Foundation Chair Jack Middleton, whose lengthy resume of professional accomplishments and public service entitles him to a prominence matched only by that of the namesakes of the award – David Nixon and Kimon Zachos, who passed away a month apart in late 2014. Nixon, Zachos and Middleton were lifelong friends, meeting monthly for breakfast to exchange stories and maintain collaborations in personal, professional and political endeavors.

The June 8 event, which was to include the induction of a number of new Fellows, aimed to revive of the NH Bar Foundation Fellows as a way to encourage sustained charitable giving and advocacy to advance the legal profession and enhance public understanding of civics and the rule of law. Look for coverage of the event in the next issue of Bar News.

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