Bar News - February 15, 2017
NH Bar Foundation: Jack Sanders Named 2017 Honorary Foundation Fellow
By: Dan Wise
Wilfred “Jack” Sanders, of counsel to the Pierce Atwood law firm, has been named the 2017 NH Bar Foundation Honorary Fellow, Foundation Chair Jack Middleton recently announced.
“Jack is an excellent lawyer who has worked hard over many years to uphold standards in the legal profession and support our judicial system,” said Middleton. “He is committed to helping disadvantaged citizens through his individual and his firm’s contributions to pro bono work and leadership in, for example, the Campaign for Legal Services.”
Sanders is the current chair of the Leadership Council for the Campaign for Legal Services, which raises funds for NH Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice & Referral Center. Sanders has also been a generous donor to the NH Bar Foundation.
Sanders has long been involved in efforts to uphold high standards for the judiciary. He served 15 years on the Judicial Conduct Committee of the NH Supreme Court, helping to restructure it and serving a stint as vice chair until 2015. He also served on the Legislative Ethics Committee and, earlier this month, Gov. Chris Sununu named him vice chair of the governor’s new Judicial Selection Commission. It will be the second time Sanders has served a governor in this screening function. In addition, he has served on the boards of directors of several charitable and business organizations.
Sanders, whose practice has ranged from corporate governance to administrative matters to helping to navigate transitions for family businesses, founded the Hampton law firm of Sanders and McDermott, which later merged with Pierce Atwood, of Portland. In 2002, the Sanders and McDermott firm received the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor, from the NH Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program, in recognition of its history of pro bono service.
The NH Bar Foundation Fellows & Donors Reception starts at 5 p.m., immediately following the NHBA Midyear Meeting, at the Radisson/Center of NH in Manchester. The event will also include remarks by Dan Barrick, news director for NH Public Radio, who will provide an update on NHPR’s criminal justice reporting project, which is supported by a grant from the Charles W. Dean Fund. Before joining NHPR, Barrick was deputy director of the NH Center for Public Policy Studies.
All members of the Bar Association and foundation supporters, including banks and credit unions contributing to the IOLTA program, are invited to the event, which will include complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Please contact Lisha Brosseau.
Dan Wise is the communications and outreach director for the NH Bar Foundation.