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Bar News - June 21, 2017

Court News: Two Attorneys Nominated to NH Circuit Court Bench



Gov. Chris Sununu recently nominated Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen of Alton and David Burns of Concord to serve as NH Circuit Court judges.

Guldbrandsen, nominated last month, was the first of eight Circuit Court judges Sununu is expected to nominate during his two-year term. Burns, an attorney for the Division of Children, Youth and Families, was the second. Burns was nominated to the bench at the Executive Council meeting June 7.

Guldbrandsen had been Belknap County Attorney since April 2011. She joined the New Hampshire bar 15 years ago. Before being elected county attorney, she was a police prosecutor and private practice attorney. She earned her law degree in 2002 from the University of North Carolina.

Burns is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law who was admitted to practice in New Hampshire in 1991.

Sununu earlier this year set up a bipartisan Judicial Selection Commission to assist in assessing judicial candidates at all levels of the court. The commission, which includes representatives of the business community and civil legal services, recommends a list of qualified judges from which the governor makes his nominations to the Executive Council, which must vote to confirm each nominee.

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