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Bar News - June 21, 2017

Court News: Governor Taps Hantz for Supreme Court Bench


Governor Chris Sununu nominated attorney Anna Barbara “Bobbie” Hantz Marconi of Stratham to serve as the next associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court at a meeting of the Executive Council on June 7.

If confirmed, Hantz would be the third woman to hold a seat on the New Hampshire Supreme Court. At press time, a public hearing on her nomination was scheduled for June 19.

“One of the Granite State’s sharpest legal minds, Bobbie is an outstanding legal talent with in-depth knowledge of the law and a diversity of experiences,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “… Throughout her distinguished career, she has exhibited a passion for the law and public service, both of which will serve her well as she brings a fresh perspective to decisions on the most pressing legal questions facing our state.”

Hantz was most recently a shareholder at Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green, where she served on the management committee. Her practice has focused on civil litigation, with significant concentrations in land use, construction defects, insurance coverage, partnership disputes, trust and estates, family law, and contract disputes. Hantz has been recognized statewide for her pro bono work, including by the Pro Bono Referral Program at the NH Bar Association and with a HOPE Award from Granite Pathways in 2014.

Governor Sununu made his selection from a list of recommended candidates received from his bipartisan Judicial Selection Commission.

“I am immensely honored by this nomination,” said Hantz. “As a member of New Hampshire’s highest court, I will have no greater responsibility than upholding the rule of law, and I thank Governor Sununu and the Judicial Selection Commission for putting my name forward. I am truly humbled and energized by the opportunity to serve our great state.”

A 1977 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Hantz received her law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1992. After law school, she served as a judicial law clerk to Justices Caroline Glassman and Robert B. Clifford of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Hantz has demonstrated a consistent commitment to public service through many statewide and community endeavors, including service on Governor John Lynch’s Judicial Selection Commission and as a member of the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners. She is a member of the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and participates in the New Hampshire Bar Association Pro Bono Referral Program and Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project. Hantz previously served on the Board of the Manchester Community Music School and on the Board of New Hampshire Legal Assistance.

Kate Hanna, former Legal Counsel to Governor John Lynch and former chair of the state’s first Judicial Selection Commission under then-Governor Jeanne Shaheen, said of the announcement: “At a time when Republicans and Democrats find it difficult to agree on anything, I applaud Governor Sununu for carrying on the New Hampshire tradition of nominating a wise and measured person for our Supreme Court whose credentials are unassailable.”

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