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Bar News - July 20, 2016

NH Bar Foundation News: New Spirit Animates NH Bar Foundation Fellows Program
A strong turnout of newly named Foundation Fellows and Foundation supporters gather for a group photo at the Currier Museum of Art on Manchester last month.
Retired Judge Arthur Bean (center), who received a distinguished career award from the Foundation, chats with Justice Carol Ann Conboy and attorney Bruce Felmly.

The NH Bar Foundation’s Fellows program, which honors excellence in the profession and seeks to provide sustainable charitable support for the foundation, was revived with great success at the Fellows Justice Reception, held June 8 at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

Thirty-seven new Fellows were nominated and inducted in conjunction with the event, with each new Fellow pledging at least $2,000 to the Foundation. This funding is vitally needed to support the charitable purposes of the Foundation. The Fellows have so far contributed $12,900.

Guest speaker Joseph McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, spoke about the underappreciated area of civics education for younger students, noting that many teachers have received little if any education or training in civics education, and thus are ill-prepared to give lessons on it.

McQuaid’s remarks followed the presentation of a distinguished career award to retired Judge Arthur Bean, who captivated the audience with comments about the role lawyers must play in ensuring the courts offer access to justice for all. Bean also chastised Foundation Chair Jack Middleton, who in his introductory remarks marveled that Bean was still playing golf in his “mid-90s.” “I am 97!” Bean declared.

The Foundation also unveiled the first Nixon-Zachos Award in honor of David Nixon and Kimon Zachos. The award was fittingly presented to Middleton, the surviving member of a trio of friends who, despite busy careers and families, steadfastly met regularly for breakfast at a Manchester restaurant through the decades, supporting each other’s personal and professional endeavors.

The Foundation event earned further notoriety when, in his “Publisher’s Notebook” column, in the June 12 issue of the Union Leader, McQuaid described his participation in the Fellows Justice Event under the headline: “Bar Foundation’s Great Event.” McQuaid was introduced at the Fellows event by NHBF Vice Chair Jim Tenn, who had held up a mock front page for the Union Leader with the suggested “Great Event” headline.

Foundation Fellows Inducted
June 8, 2016
• Heather M. Burns
• Meredith P. Cook
• Peter S. Cowan
• Michael A. Delaney
• Mary Ann Dempsey
• Joseph A. DiBrigida, Jr.
• Steven J. Dutton
• David P. Eby
• Jonathan M. Eck
Melinda S. Gehris
• James D. Gleason
• Richard C. Guerriero, Jr.
• Holly B. Haines
• Cecile B. Hartigan
• Russell F. Hilliard
• Lucy C. Hodder
• Lauren Simon Irwin
• Christopher M. Keating
• Michele E. Kenney
• Margaret R. Kerouac
• James D. Kerouac
• Robert R. Lucic
Gordon J. MacDonald
• David W. McGrath
Mark D. Morrissette
Jennifer L. Parent
• Jaye L. Rancourt
• David M. Rothstein
• Mark C. Rouvalis
• Catherine Shanelaris
• Laura Spector-Morgan
• R. James Steiner
• Mary E. Tenn
• James J. Tenn, Jr.
• Jeremy T. Walker
• Daniel E. Will
• Jane E. Young
Life Fellows are listed in bold. Life Fellows have already fulfilled their pledge of $2,000 in contributions to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.

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