Bar News - August 17, 2016
Barbadoro, Galdieri to Receive Foundation Awards
US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro will be presented with the 2016 Frank Rowe Kenison Award at the Bar Foundation’s Annual Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester.
Anthony Galdieri, a member of the Nixon Peabody law firm, will receive the Robert E. Kirby Award at the dinner. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the presentation of the Kirby award, and many of the past Kirby recipients – a veritable who’s who of New Hampshire law and politics – are expected to attend. The award memorializes Robert E. Kirby, a lawyer at the Concord law firm of Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, who in 1996 died of a sudden illness at age 35.
The Foundation event will also highlight recent work of organizations receiving IOLTA and Justice Grants.
Barbadoro is being honored for a career’s worth of excellence and achievement. Appointed to the US District Court in September 1992, Barbadoro, 37, was the youngest candidate ever appointed as a federal judge. He was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to replace the seat vacated by Shane Devine.
“I am honored to be chosen for this award. I never practiced before Chief Justice Kenison, but he was known to me before I came to New Hampshire,” said Barbadoro, who was admitted to the Bar in 1980 after graduating from Boston College School of Law. “We read his decisions in law school – he was a great judge.”
Barbadoro recently was named chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the national policy-making body for the federal courts. Barbadoro served as chief judge of the US District Court in New Hampshire from 1997 to 2004, a rotating position with a seven-year term. Since 2011, he also taught at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and he frequently judges moot court competitions at the UNH School of Law and Boston College School of Law.
Before becoming a judge, Barbadoro’s legal career blended private practice and public service and included stints at the NH Attorney General’s Office and several positions in Washington, DC. He served as counsel to US Sen. Warren Rudman, supervised the staff of the Senate Ethics Committee, the Senate Impeachment Committee, and in 1987, served as deputy chief counsel to the US Senate Iran-Contra Committee.
The Kenison award was established by the Bar Foundation to recognize individuals who make substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire through the administration of justice, the legal profession, or the advancement of legal thought. Frank Rowe Kenison (1907-1980) was a member of the NHBA for 48 years and served as chief justice of the NH Supreme Court from 1952 to 1977.
The nomination of Galdieri, a commercial litigator at the Nixon Peabody law firm, for the Kirby award was supported by numerous letters citing his legal abilities, work ethic, good humor and courtesy. The letters were submitted by clients, fellow lawyers, and a judge who knew him as a law clerk in the superior court. Galdieri is praised for his commitment to protecting free speech rights through his pro bono work on several cases for the Amercan Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire. The organization presented its annual “Bill of Rights Award” to Galdieri and his firm in 2014 for their work on several free speech cases in which governmental restrictions on protests were struck down.
Galdieri said he was “deeply humbled and overwhelmed” to be selected for the award, acknowledging that the lineup of previous Kirby award recipients is “stellar company.” In today’s world where electronic communications often replace face-to-face encounters, he said it is especially important for lawyers in adversarial matters to strive for “strong civil relations with each other. It’s good for everyone, especially the clients we represent, that we remain professional opponents and not enemies.”
Galdieri said he feels privileged to be able to devote significant time to pro bono work because his firm encourages it and he enjoys the support of colleagues and his family, including his wife, Emelia, who is an attorney at the NH Insurance Department. The Galdieris are parents of twin toddler boys.
Galdieri is a member of the first class of graduates in 2008 from the Daniel Webster Scholars Honors Program, the nationally celebrated practical-skills oriented curriculum, an alternative to the written bar exam, jointly developed by the UNH School of Law, the NH Board of Bar Examiners and the NH Supreme Court.
The Robert E. Kirby Award is presented to an attorney 35 years old or younger who demonstrates traits of civility, courtesy, perspective and excellent advocacy. The selection committee for the award each year is comprised of judges from every level of the courts in New Hampshire. US District Court Chief Judge Joseph Laplante, a Kirby award recipient in 2001, chairs the committee.