Bar News - June 21, 2013
NH Bar Honors 50-Year Members
Honorary members in attendance gather at Annual Meeting. From left, Peter S. Smith, Tony McManus, Edward McDermott, Charles Leahy, Paul Cox, Judge Harold Perkins (seated), Alexander Lachiatto, Lewis McMahon, George Findell and Peter Brown.
Editor’s Note: Bar News began in March publishing short profiles of the 21 NH Bar members who have reached the 50-year milestone this year and will continue featuring a few profiles in each issue for the next few months. These members were honored at the NH Bar Association Annual Meeting at the Portsmouth Sheraton. The profiles published since March follow.
Among his significant career steps, Peter Brown numbers several positions with notable law firms or organizations, such as Casey, Lane & Mittendorf in New York City; Brown, Olson & Wilson, Concord (founder); and Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, Concord, (of counsel).
Brown was also director of the Energy Law Institute for the Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH School of Law) and deputy attorney general in Pennsylvania. In addition, he taught at Villanova Law School and at Franklin Pierce.
His practice areas included commercial litigation and transactions, energy law and public utility regulation. He appeared before the US Supreme Court, successfully arguing Goosby v. Osser. He also argued successfully before the DC Circuit and the 3rd Circuit courts and handled various public law cases involving employment discrimination, creditors/debtors remedies, environmental protection and protection of historic sites, such as the Gettysburg National Park. He also served as chief counsel to the Pennsylvania PUC.
Brown drafted some provisions of the 1978 Energy Policy Act, which included the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act for the US Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee. He advised the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on renewable energy, hydroelectric licensing and competitive wholesale market design and prepared energy tax credit legislation for the Senate Finance Committee. That legislation passed and was signed by the President in 1980.
Brown says Justice William O. Douglas, Martin Luther King Jr., Warren Rudman and Justice Israel Packel (Supreme Court, Pennsylvania) were his role models.
Despite his busy professional life, Brown assisted with the Campaign for Legal Services as co-chair and served on the Campaign for Legal Services Leadership Council. Brown said that he believes “the legal profession [must] make available services so that all members of our community have access to justice, and this most especially includes the most vulnerable among us, people with limited means.”
Brown was born and raised in Boston and Wellesley and attended Bowdoin College and Columbia Law School. His wife, Gail, and he have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Browns said the 50 years since he began practicing law have passed in what seems like a nanosecond.
Hon. Raymond Cloutier
Raymond Cloutier was attracted to the law from a young age.
|Hon. Raymond Cloutier
"It appealed to me to help people in need or who had been exploited or victimized," he says.
A Manchester, NH, native, Cloutier attended St. Jean the Baptiste grammar school, West High School, Assumption College and Boston University School of Law. After being admitted to the NH Bar in 1963, he worked at the Law Firm of Lemieux & St. Pierre. In 1965, Cloutier opened his own law office in Manchester, which became known as Cloutier, Beliveau & Fradette.
Cloutier was elected Hillsborough County Attorney in 1976 and served in what was then a part-time position until 1981, introducing several changes during his tenure, including giving staff attorneys in the office more autonomy. He created a program to assist victims of sexual abuse and a uniform crime reporting form. Additionally, his assistant’s position became a full-time job during that time, and a state trooper was assigned to work full time in the county attorney’s office.
Governor Hugh Gallen later appointed Cloutier a Hillsborough County probate judge, also a part-time post.
"In the Probate Court, I adopted time standards," Cloutier explains. "Attorneys were allowed within court guidelines to choose their hearing and trial dates, and continuances were consistently discouraged."
He also created an attorney board to advise him of problems with case processing and was a member of the committee that introduced the first paid mediations in the probate court.
In 1997, the New Hampshire Supreme Court appointed Cloutier to a full-time judgeship, and he served in that capacity until his retirement in August 2008.
Cloutier has been married to Theresa (Maheu) Cloutier for 52 years and has four children, three of whom are lawyers and one of whom is a stockbroker. The Cloutiers have 14 grandchildren ranging in age from 2 months to 21 years old.
Cloutier says his role models and confidants over the years have included attorneys Albert Lemieux, Robert St. Pierre, Maurice Lemelin, Gerald Bergevin and Emile Bussiere.
Cloutier has been active in the Goffstown Democratic Committee and served as committee chairman in Hillsborough County. He also was elected town moderator in Goffstown.
"I am grateful for reaching the 50-year milestone as a lawyer, especially when I think of the alternative," Cloutier says. "I am thankful for my family, friends and health and intend to keep my options open, including a continued involvement in law in some capacity."
Paul R. Cox
“It is truly mindboggling to learn of my induction into the ‘50-year club’- and to be still practicing law! I feel very blessed and lucky to have spent my career implementing - hopefully occasionally expanding - the rule of law,” says Paul Cox.
|Paul R. Cox
Cox was born and raised in the Medfield, Mass. area and attended Medfield High School before going to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. He earned his law degree at Suffolk University in Boston, where he was offered a full scholarship.
The “‘legal learning,’ however, has really taken place following admission to the Bar,” continues Cox. “The senior partners who hired me (Stanley Burns, Donald Bryant and Bob Hinchey) were fabulous role models, and there have been so many others…”
Thomas L. Lambert Jr., a “brilliant teacher/orator of the law,” was another role model, and Cox attended many of his “Tom on Torts” lectures. Cox says he has often been educated by opposing counsel, too.
After taking Jack Middleton’s law review class during his first year of practice, Cox decided to leave Massachusetts and accept an offer to join the firm of Burns, Bryant & Hinchey in Dover, NH. The firm is now Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, and Cox still practices there, working with two of his four children.
“In the first segment of my career,” says Cox, “I was introduced to every aspect of the law, as were most young attorneys of that era… You took whatever came in the door.” Gradually, his practice evolved into civil litigation, chiefly plaintiffs. Many of his cases were memorable; he recalls in particular the Dumas trilogy, holding insurance companies liable, tried before both the Supreme and Superior Courts.
Cox served on many committees, among them the American Law Student Association, the Committee on Professional Conduct, Bar Counsel to the NH Supreme Court, NHBA Board of Governors, Committee on Cooperation with the Courts, and Superior Court Committee to Study Jury Reform.
Outside his profession, Cox gave many years to coaching youth sports and promoting the inclusion of girls on baseball teams.
Cox and his wife, Martha, a nurse practitioner, have been married 48 years and have four children and nine grandchildren. Cox says his plan for retirement is to stay alive as long as possible, enjoying travel, sports, gardening and family activities.
Arthur B. Cunningham
In the mid-1960s, the US Air Force was looking for men like Arthur Cunningham.
|Arthur B. Cunningham
"The Air Force found out in a hurry whether young lawyers were fit for trial work," he recalled recently. "I was trying cases in military courts within weeks of reporting for active duty."
Cunningham grew up in Pennsylvania and Ohio and attended Purdue University and Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. He followed in his father’s path when he became a lawyer.
"My father was a lawyer, specializing in tax and securities litigation with the United States Justice Department and then in private practice in Miami, Florida," Cunningham said.
After leaving the Air Force in 1966, Cunningham went to work for attorney Harry P. Jeffrey in Dayton, Ohio. Cunningham looked to Jeffrey as a mentor and heeded his sage advice.
"Mr. Jeffrey’s advice was: ‘Do the work, and the fees will take care of themselves.’ The advice never failed me," Cunningham said.
Cunningham practiced with a couple of Ohio law firms for about 15 years before opening his solo practice in 1982.
"The bulk of my practice was business and tax litigation, but I liked to tell people that I was a ‘Downtown Brawler,’ doing anything I could make a buck on," he says.
Over the years, Cunningham’s choice of profession has served him well.
"I am proud to be a lawyer; it’s who I am," he says. "The most significant thing to me was having the respect of clients I admired, clients who were strong, decisive people who built businesses, risk-takers who were at their best when dealing with problems and challenges that would get ordinary people down."
A longtime Rotarian, Cunningham was instrumental in the revitalization of the downtown park in Hopkinton. He has two grown children, Arthur Cunningham III, who works in the boat business, and Frederica, a third-grade teacher.
"I am not retired, but still enjoy the things that brought me to New Hampshire thinking I would retire: skiing, hiking, sailing, paddling, fishing, and gardening, almost anything outdoors," Cunningham says. "It seems like yesterday I graduated law school, passed the exam, got admitted and started my life’s work."
George Findell Jr.
George Findell Jr. is a native of New York City and was raised in Connecticut, but he has spent the last 50 years living and working on the New Hampshire Seacoast.
|George Findell Jr.
Findell, who is in the process of winding down his law practice, is president of financial management firm Findell and Company Inc. in Rochester, NH. He said he is looking forward to spending more time with his five grown children and 13 grandchildren.
After graduating from college in Connecticut, Findell joined the US Air Force and in 1957 was assigned to Harlingen Air Force Base in Texas to complete flight training as a navigator. Afterwards, he was assigned to Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, where he flew the KC refueling aircraft.
“While at Pease, we lived in Durham and decided that this area would be very satisfactory to live in and raise a family,” Findell said.
After his discharge from the military in 1960, Findell studied law and received his LLB degree from Boston University in 1963. Findell assumed the law office of former Strafford County Probate Judge Leonard Hardwick, who became a friend and role model, along with Richard Keefe, former clerk of the Strafford County Superior Court.
“We were all very close and worked together for many of these 50 years,” Findell said. “They were certainly role models in my practice as a lawyer.”
Findell has been a member of the Rochester Rotary Club for 47 years and served as the club’s president from 1973 to 1974. He also served as trustee of the Gafney Home for 33 years and as president for three years. He was a trustee of the Frisbie Memorial Library and trustee of investments for the United Church of Christ for several years. Findell has lectured in investments and financial planning at the University of New Hampshire, served on the NH Bar Association Board of Governors, and is a member and former president of the Strafford County Bar Association.
Findell says he and his wife, Sylvia, have no special plans for retirement yet, but they are reflecting on their careers and looking forward to the future. “It’s been a wonderful 50 years!”
Maurice D. Geiger
Maurice Geiger says he became a lawyer to help keep the ideals of justice alive.
Maurice D. Geiger
Born in his family’s log cabin in Michigan, Geiger entered the US Naval Flight program in 1956 and was commissioned as a Naval Aviation officer in 1957. A graduate of Michigan State University, he enrolled at Georgetown University Law Center after leaving active duty and graduated in 1963. He entered the Virginia bar that same year. He worked in the US Department of Justice in 1965 and later that year was asked to establish and direct the Office of Management Information in the Department of Justice.
In 1969, Geiger was recruited by Justice Tom Clark to join the Federal Judicial Center. He later became the adjudication and law reform specialist for the Department of Justice New England Federal Region. He then accepted a job at the Justice Institute at California Western School of Law, where he directed a project designed to develop and implement judicial case-processing standards in rural jurisdictions throughout the United States. In 1982, along with Kathryn Fahnestock, he cofounded the Rural Justice Center.
The Rural Justice Center has worked to improve the administration of justice and in 1995 began working on law reform projects in developing countries. Since then, Geiger has worked in more than a dozen developing nations. Most of the work has focused on bringing relief to poor justice systems, strengthening due process and equal access, and making the systems more accountable.
"Looking back over the last 50 years… I find that I take the most satisfaction from helping to bring relief to the… poor souls trapped in the god-forsaken prisons and jails wherever they exist," Geiger says. "My most memorable experience was living through the devastating earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2010."
Among Geiger’s role models are New Hampshire’s Doris "Granny D" Haddock, "who showed us all that one person can make a difference."
For the last 40 years, Geiger and his wife, Nancy, have lived in North Conway. They have four sons and five grandchildren. Geiger served on his local school board for nine years and, in 1975, was elected as a delegate to the NH Constitutional Convention. Later, he served two years as Carroll County attorney.
"As to my plans for retirement," says Geiger, "I have never expected to ‘retire’ in the traditional manner… I hope to keep working as long as I have energy and clarity."
Robert S. Kenison
The two years that Robert Kenison spent serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Manizales, Columbia, changed his worldview and played a key role in shaping his life.
|Robert S. Kenison
“The experience in that community development program altered my views of poverty and public service, effectively leading me to a 47-year legal career at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development,” he says.
Born in Evanston, Ill., and raised in Chicago and in Manchester, NH, Kenison attended Bishop Brady high School in Manchester and then St. Anselm’s College. He earned his law degree at Harvard Law School and did sabbaticals at Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale Divinity.
Kenison says important influences in his early life were his high school public speaking coach, Brother John, and his college debate coach, Jack Lynch. Another important role model in his life was his uncle, NH Chief Justice Frank R. Kenison.
Kenison joined the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a public housing attorney in 1966. He then became an urban renewals law supervisor in 1968. In 1976, Kenison became head program counsel for assisted housing and community development, covering program legal questions in public housing, as well as Section 8, elderly housing, homelessness, community development block grants and related programs. He also played a lead role in a negotiated rulemaking exercise with 40 Native American tribes in implementing new block programs in the late 1990’s.
Kenison, who retired in 2007, was the only HUD official to receive the President’s Rank Award three times: in the Regan, Bush and Clinton administrations (1984, 1990 and 2000).
Since retiring, Kenison has taught a graduate school course titled, “Affordable Housing: Roots and Rudiments,” at the University of Maryland and was awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship for Bogota, Columbia, in 2012, but had to decline for family reasons.
Now, Kenison does some occasional consulting work – and some golfing.
“I am golfing a little bit more… but no better!” he says.
Alexander M. Lachiatto
"My interest in the law was sparked by my constitutional law professor in college," says Alexander Lachiatto. "I wanted to help people with their legal matters and derived a great amount of satisfaction from the practice of law."
Lachiatto began his law career as an associate with Eugene Daniel Jr. in Franklin, NH, and soon became a partner. When Daniel retired in 1972, Lachiatto continued as a solo practitioner until his own retirement in 2003. He had a general practice that included personal injury, workers’ compensation, domestic relations, probate, real estate and, in his earlier years, considerable criminal defense work.
Liachiatto says his role models include his high school basketball coach, Thomas Haridman, and Daniel, his law partner. Both of them instilled in him "an attitude of doing the right thing, whatever the consequences may be," he said.
Born and raised in Concord, Lachiatto attended parochial schools and then earned his undergraduate degree in political science at Providence College, graduating in 1960. In 1963, he was awarded a JD degree from Suffolk University Law School and joined the New Hampshire bar.
"Achieving justice and a fair resolution for my clients was significant to me," says Lachiatto.
Lachiatto was appointed a judge at the Franklin District Court when he was just 35 years old and served in that position until 1986. He said he appreciated the collegiality within the profession, "as well as the willingness of the senior members of the bar and bench who made you feel at ease." He said he particularly remembers Stanley Brown, Jack Sheehan, Dutch Morse and Justices Loughlin, Morris, Grant and Grimes.
In his home community of Franklin, Lachiatto has served on the city council and the school board. He served a term on the NHBA Board of Governors and is a member of the Attorney Discipline Hearings Committee, a position he has held for the last 10 years. He also is involved with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Lachiatto does some traveling and enjoys playing tennis and spending time with family and friends. For the past four years, he said, he has been heavily invested as a pro se litigant in the Ocean Beach rights’ case in Maine, which is presently on appeal to the Maine Supreme Court.
Charles H. Leahy
Among Charles Leahy’s professional achievements, he counts being appointed by the NH Supreme Court, along with Donald Dufresne, to lead a broad study of the NH Court System as one of the most significant.
|Charles H. Leahy
A large number of the recommendations that resulted from the study were adopted by the Supreme Court and, where appropriate, by the NH General Court.
Born in Claremont, Leahy earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University in 1957 and later served as legislative counsel to Governor Walter Peterson.
Leahy says he went to law school "out of desperation," because he was "married, had a child and was a college English major with no vocational skills."
Also, he was about to complete his military service, having served in US Army Intelligence from 1957 to 1960. He entered Harvard Law School, from which he graduated with a J.D. degree in 1963.
Leahy’s parents were his role models. His mother, Helen Farrington Leahy, was a community leader, and his father, Hon. Albert D. Leahy Sr., was a lawyer and a Claremont District Court judge. His uncle, John H. Leahy, was a chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court.
Upon joining the firm of Orr & Reno in 1963, Leahy found another mentor and role model, Dudley W. Orr. Leahy later became Orr’s partner. From 1963 to the mid-1990s, Leahy’s primarily practiced as general counsel to privately owned businesses. He has been of counsel to McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton since 2006. However, since the mid-90s, his practice has been chiefly estate planning and trust administration.
Leahy served two terms as a member of the Concord School Board and also chaired the NH Public Television Board of Governors. For many years, he was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine Law School. He is married to Mary Susan Leahy, and they have five children: Mary Siobhan Ulrich, Charles Leahy Jr., Matthew Leahy, Susan Leahy and Jonathan Leahy. All are married, and there are nine grandchildren.
When asked how he feels about reaching the 50-year milestone, Leahy says, "I plan to retire before colleagues and clients begin to whisper, ‘Why doesn’t he retire?’ Reaching the 50-year milestone seems to have happened overnight. Focusing on assisting clients to plan their own futures and deal with their own issues, as we age, is still gratifying and, I hope, useful."
Hon. George Manias
"Presiding over trials in the superior court was the most rewarding part of my legal career," George Manias says, looking back over his 50 years in the practice of law. "The process of resolving disputes based solely on the evidence and law presented inside the courtroom, I found very satisfying."
|Hon. George Manias
Born in Concord, Manias graduated from Concord High School and went on to Tufts University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1958. He served in the United States Army and Army Reserves.
Manias then went to work for the Travelers Insurance Company in Boston, as a claims adjuster. A supervisor there suggested that if he got a law degree, the company could offer him a position in the legal department. Partly in response to this offer, Manias enrolled in the Suffolk University School of Law, evening division.
"Within a matter of weeks, I knew I wanted to practice law, but not at an insurance company," he remembered.
After receiving his bachelor of laws degree from Suffolk in 1963, Manias worked at the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office as an attorney and later, assistant attorney general. In 1967, he joined the Cleveland, Waters & Bass law firm. One of his early assignments was to work on a commission created by the legislature to study and recommend improvements to New Hampshire’s patchwork of eminent domain laws. The product of that study was a proposal for a unified statute, which was enacted in 1971 as RSA 498-A, the Eminent Domain Procedure Act.
The new law created a single, quasi-judicial body that determined the amount of damages sustained by persons whose property had been acquired by any governmental body under eminent domain. Governor Walter Petersen appointed Manias to serve as its first chairman. He held this part-time position from 1971-76, while remaining a partner at CW&B. The members of the commission traveled around the state to view property and conduct fair value hearings.
"It was this experience that developed my interest in being a judge," said Manias.
Governor John Sununu appointed Manias to the bench in 1985. He served as a superior court justice until his retirement in 2005.
Since his retirement, Manias has served as a substitute justice on the NH Supreme Court, a member of the alternate panel of the Judicial Conduct Committee and as a member of the medical malpractice panel.
Manias lives in Concord with his wife of 51 years, Diane. They have two children, Bill Manias of Houston, Tex., and Xanthi Gray of Portsmouth.
Edward J. McDermott
Edward McDermott served as special justice of the Hampton District Court for more than three decades, from 1968 to 2004.
|Edward J. McDermott
"I sat on all the juvenile and civil cases for a long time," he says. "I felt I made a difference in peoples’ lives. For most people, their first and only contact with the judicial system was with the District Court."
In 1974, Chief Justice Frank Kenison appointed McDermott chairman of the Administrative Committee for the District and Municipal Courts. McDermott served in that position until 1983, working to ensure a fair and impartial court system.
Born, raised and educated in Everett, Mass., McDermott was the first in his family to go to college. In 1956, he graduated from Boston College and became a bank auditor with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Based in Washington, DC, he worked in 11 states.
Robert F. Drinan, dean of Boston College Law School and a mentor and friend, encouraged McDermott to go to law school. In law school, while reading court cases, McDermott came to particularly admire the handling of New Hampshire cases, from the tenure of Judge Charles Doe through that of Judge Frank Rowe Kenison. He decided to take the New Hampshire bar exam, which at the time took three days to complete.
McDermott first practiced in Manchester with Conrad and Bob Deanias before joining Jack Sanders in Hampton. The firm became Sanders and McDermott, employing as many as 14 lawyers during its 40 years. Later, it merged with the regional firm Pierce Atwood of Portland, Maine, joining their Portsmouth, NH, office.
In the late 1960s, some members of the NH Bar Association started Southern NH Legal Assistance. McDermott was the first secretary and later became president. In 1971, the organization merged with Tri-County Legal Services to serve the whole state as NH Legal Assistance, which is still assisting the poor today.
"The general public has no idea of the scope of the task and how much steadfast support comes from the NH Bar Association and its members," he says.
McDermott is thankful for the support he has received from his family throughout his career.
"My wife’s enormous support for 52 years sustained me," he says. The McDermotts have three daughters: Ellen McDermott, Martha McDermott (now deceased) and Susan Washelis. They also have three grandchildren.
McDermott skis New Hampshire’s mountains and runs on its beaches. When asked how he feels about reaching the 50-year milestone, McDermott says, "I consider it to be a genuine pleasure to be counted as a 50-year member of the Bar."
Lewis A. McMahon
Retired Keene lawyer Lewis McMahon represented the estate of the captain of PanAm Flight 103, which was blown up by terrorists over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.
Lewis A. McMahon
“I participated in the litigation against Pan American Airways, and then against the government of Libya,” McMahon explains. “The time span, from beginning to end, of that litigation was 20 years.”
McMahon, who served as a pilot in the Massachusetts Air National Guard, says his most memorable cases all were in the aviation field. In addition to the PanAm case, McMahon defended a helicopter service provider whose helicopter crashed on the ice in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence while ferrying passengers to protest the hunting of baby seals.
McMahon joined the Air National Guard after graduating from Boston University School of Law and received his pilot training at Reese Air Force Base in Texas. McMahon also served several years in the NH Army National Guard. He attended the Artillery Communication School at Fort Sill, Okla. in 1954 and 1955 and graduated from Officer’s Candidate School at Fort Sill in 1957.
“I was privileged to serve my country as I did,” he said.
A native of Keene who attended a one-room schoolhouse in Stoddard, McMahon graduated from Keene High School in 1954 and from Keene Teacher’s College [now Keene State College] in 1960, before enrolling in law school.
McMahon says he has trouble identifying key role models, because he was influenced by so many lawyers and jurists throughout his career.
“Of course, the great utterances of jurists such as Oliver Wendell Holmes and Learned Hand helped raise the bar,” he added.
McMahon worked at the Cristiano & Kromphold Firm, then as a partner in the firm of Olson, Reynolds & McMahon, before becoming a solo practitioner in general practice. He also served as a special prosecutor for the State of New Hampshire, Division of Children & Youth Services, prosecuting child abuse cases. McMahon later became a partner in the firm of Green, McMahon and Heed and worked as a solo practitioner again before his retirement.
McMahon served as chairman of the Walpole Village District Commission for several years, guiding it through compliance with a federal mandate to establish an adequate sewer system.
McMahon’s three children are grown. He and his wife, Deborah, spend half the year at their home in Walpole, NH, and the other half in Naples, Fla.
“My retirement has brought about a wonderful new way of life,” he said. “We have time for recreation and traveling and, most importantly, time to spend with our children and grandchildren.”
Anthony A. McManus
Among his many accomplishments, Anthony McManus can count helping to found NH Legal Assistance and the NH Legal Advice and Referral Center.
Anthony A. McManus
McManus says of his decision to go to Boston College Law School – to which he was offered a scholarship – "I felt it would be a good background for a number of career choices and [would] offer the opportunity to assist people."
McManus attended Georgetown University and spent one year at the University of Freiburg. After graduating in 1963, he joined the NH Bar Association. He became a public defender and served as a part-time city attorney for seven years.
He was on the NHBA Board of Governors for eight years and the Bar Foundation Board of Directors for 13 years. He was made an honorary fellow of the foundation in 2008.
McManus served for nine years as a member of the Professional Conduct Committee and seven years on the Judicial Conduct Committee. He has also chaired the NHBA Ethics Committee and the Gender Equality Committee. His law practice has been mostly as a sole practitioner [or as a member] of a two-person firm. One effort he is especially proud of is that he was able to get two convictions set aside for persons wrongly convicted.
McManus spent three-and-a-half years in the NH House of Representatives, where he served as vice chair of the NH Judiciary Committee. A native of Dover, McManus has been involved with a number of community organizations. He has served on the board at the NH Mental Health Association, the Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Advisory Council, the NH Symphony and NH Lawyers Assistance. He also helped establish a group home for young women and the Dover Day Care Center.
McManus worked with the Dover Planning Board for nine years and presently serves as a trustee at the Woodman Museum.
Recently, McManus has had a limited practice. He does some real estate and probate work and represents a couple of nursing homes.
He has done some traveling to New Zealand and Australia and to Russia, where he took on a short teaching assignment in Belgorod.
McManus has three children and four grandchildren. Asked how he feels about reaching the 50-year member mark, he says, "There have been a lot of changes in 50 years, and it’s probably best that we consider stepping aside."
Harold W. Perkins
"I worked my way through night law school as an employee (full-time) in the US Senate, Secretary of the Minority," says Harold W. Perkins. I worked in the Senate cloakroom and on the floor – a great experience for a kid from New Hampshire."
Harold W. Perkins
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but raised in Concord, NH, Perkins went to New England College, graduating in 1958. He then attended Washington College of Law and graduated in 1963.
"My father was a lawyer in private practice," he says. "I had an interest in politics, and it all seemed to fit."
During his years of practice in New Hampshire, Perkins was a member of the Professional Conduct Committee and served as its chairman for more than five years. He was also a special justice on the Concord District Court for three years and an at-large member of the NHBA Board of Governors.
In 2007, Perkins wrote a tribute to Chief Justice David Brock, who also becomes a 50-year Bar member this year, that was published in the NH Bar Journal.
Perkins was in practice with his father, but after his father became a judge on the superior court in 1969, he formed Perkins, Douglas and Brick in Concord. All three members of this firm went on to become judges in the superior court. Perkins served from 1988 until 2006.
"Since mandatory retirement in 2006, I have conducted a limited private mediation/arbitration business," he says. He has also served on the zoning board of adjustments in Hopkinton.
Perkins and his wife, Sylvia, have two daughters, Deborah Ramsey and Linda Walsh, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He says he plans to do a great deal of fishing in his retirement years. As for his 50 years as an attorney, Perkins says, "It went too fast."
Jean Provost Jr.
Jean Provost Jr. was both litigation attorney and counsel to Fortune 100 corporations and a senior attorney at the US Postal Service.
Jean Provost Jr.
After a clerkship for Judge James Durfee at what was known at the time as the US Court of Claims in Washington, DC, Provost joined a small general practice firm in DC called Wachtel, Wiener & Schlezingen. Later, he moved to the Office of General Counsel in the US Postal Department as senior attorney, after which he joined the litigation firm of Hudson & Creyke, where he eventually became a partner.
Provost left Hudson & Creyke in 1973 to join Westinghouse Electric as a consultant. He subsequently became chief counselor of the company’s construction group. Part of the management team, he describes his role there as a "trouble-shooter and problem-solver."
Provost retired in 2002, but has continued doing pro bono work.
Born in Manchester, Provost attended St. Anselm College and decided to become a lawyer after faculty there encouraged him to interview with law schools and to take the LSAT. After graduating from St. Anselm, he went on to Columbus School of Law. He then earned his JD in 1963 from Catholic University in Washington, DC.
Provost and his wife Janet have two children, Karen Riegert and Michael J. Provost, who also is an attorney. Provost enjoys music and has studied voice; he has been a member of the Rockville Community Chorus for 25 years and president of the group for four years.
As for his retirement plans, Provost is "committed to physical conditioning, [has a] broad appetite for reading, both fiction and non -fiction, primarily historical material." He also actively follows current events and is into "severely spoiling" his five grandchildren.
Peter S. Smith
Peter Smith has spent the last 50 years focused on providing legal representation to people with limited access to the court system, including the poor, minority groups, juveniles, and people with disabilities.
Peter S. Smith
Over the course of his career, Smith has successfully argued thousands of cases, including many before the US Supreme Court, on behalf of disadvantaged clients.
“Thurgood Marshall was my model of how I might best fulfill my obligations in our democratic society and serve the common good,” Smith said.
Born in New York and raised in Durham, NH, Smith attended Phillips Exeter Academy. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1960 and received his LLB degree from Cornell University in 1963. He is a veteran of the United States Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
Now in private practice in Durham, Smith previously worked at the US Department of Justice, where he wrote briefs for the US District Courts, US Courts of Appeals and the US Supreme Court, and assisted in the preparation of major civil rights legislation.
Asked to recall a memorable moment from his career, Smith described the following scene:
“On the evening of March 15, 1965, two colleagues and I were in the United States Department of Justice building in Washington, assembling the final copy of the proposed Voting Rights Act of 1965 for submission to the Congress the next morning. We were listening on the radio to President Johnson, who was announcing to a Joint Session of the Congress that he was presenting this landmark bill the next morning. As we completed our work, the President ended his emotional presentation with the words: ‘We shall overcome.’”
As an attorney at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in Washington, DC, Smith became the first legal services lawyer to argue before the US Supreme Court. Later, he was director of the poverty law section at the Baltimore office of Piper & Madbury, the first private law firm in the United States to undertake legal representation of the poor as a specialized and integral part of its practice.
Smith developed and directed the first clinical law program at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where he taught from 1972 to 1990. The clinic’s US Supreme Court case – involving the right of juveniles not to be tried more than once for the same offense – was the first appearance before that Court by a law school clinical program.
Smith, who has served on town boards in Durham and on the NH Right-to-Know study and oversight commissions, is married to Marjorie Smith, chairman of the NH House Judiciary Committee. They have two children and three grandchildren. Smith says he has no plans to retire. Instead, he’s staying true to personal traditions and looking forward to the future.
“This summer I will climb Mt. Katahdin, something I have done annually since 1952,” he said.
Ira M. Stone
Ira Stone says he became a lawyer because he liked constitutional law and because several of his good friends, including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Wheeler and attorney Robert Shaw, had gone into the legal field.
Stone graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1959 and from Suffolk University Law School in 1963. He began his career as clerk of court in Rockingham County, but after one year, he went into private practice, first under Russell Call and later under Alfred Catalfo, primarily practicing criminal law.
Stone has been very active in his community, and having a real estate license has helped him in community endeavors. He has also volunteered as a small business counselor for SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). In that role, he works with young or new business owners to help them build solid foundations for their fledgling companies.
Stone is a member of the Masons and of the Exeter Country Club.
Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Stone lived in Exeter for 58 years. He has one daughter, Marcia Bar, who lives in Stratham; he has three grandchildren.
Stone now divides his time between Seabrook Beach and Florida. He enjoys playing golf and says it’s hard to believe that 50 years have passed since he first became a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association.
“I wonder where the time went,” he says.
John F. Swope
In addition to a long and successful career in law and the insurance business, John Swope once served as interim president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
|John F. Swope
After his retirement in 1994 as president of the Chubb Life Insurance Company and executive vice president of its parent company, Chubb Corporation, which was a significant PBS underwriter, Swope was tapped to become the temporary chief executive for the national broadcaster. An article in the Los Angeles Times in January 2000 referred to him as "a soft-spoken, deft and quite blunt chief."
Swope also served for a time as interim general manager of NH Public Television in Durham and on the boards of directors for a number of companies and nonprofits.
Born in Mount Kisco, NY, Swope attended Tabor Academy and received his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and his law degree from Yale Law School.
Among his role models as a lawyer and executive was his father, whom he followed into the legal profession, as well as his grandfather, Gerard Swope, and Dudley Orr, who recruited Swope to join United Life & Accident Insurance in Concord after law school.
"Over the years, I assumed various managerial responsibilities, in addition to my legal ones," Swope says. "In 1977, I was named president of the company, which later became Chubb Life Insurance Company."
After his retirement, Swope was of counsel with Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green in Manchester for several years.
At various times, he has been a board member at Bank of New Hampshire, Anthem Blue Cross and, most recently, Northeast Utilities (1992-2012), as well as numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Capitol Center for the Arts, the Currier Museum of Art, and NH Public Television.
Swope was married for 45 years to Marjory Mason, until her death in 2007, and has three children and 13 grandchildren.