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Bar News - September 21, 2016

Annual Meeting Award Recipients Announced

R. David DePuy

Judge Deasy

Justice Conboy

This year, three well-known and highly respected practitioners have been selected for recognition at the 2016 NH Bar Association Annual Meeting, to be held Friday, Oct. 28, at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth.

R. David DePuy, an attorney at McLane Middleton, has been selected to receive the E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism. DePuy, who practices personal injury and family law at the firm, was nominated for his dedication to serving the best interests of his clients, his community involvement and his mentorship of younger attorneys.

“Don Dufresne was personable, outgoing, good humored, and as tough a combatant in the courtroom as you could find,” DePuy said of the late litigator at Devine Millimet. “He beat you with brains not decibels... I am no Don Dufresne, but certainly honored to be given an award bearing his name.”

US Bankruptcy Court Judge J. Michael Deasy, who has served the court on recall status since 2013, has been selected to receive the 2016 Justice William Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism. Deasy, who said he was surprised and honored to receive the recognition, was nominated for his “polite, considerate, and respectful” demeanor on the bench, which “makes even the losing party in a given case feel as though they were well respected by the system,” according to those who nominated him.

NH Supreme Court Associate Justice Carolann Conboy will be presented with the 2016 NHBA Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award. In addition to her exemplary judicial temperament and perceptive questions from the bench, Conboy was selected for her thoughtfulness and consistent efforts to visit with newer attorneys at functions outside the courtroom.

“I am truly honored to be receiving this award,” Conboy said. “As I contemplate my fast-approaching retirement, I look back on my years as a New Hampshire lawyer and judge with gratitude to all those who have helped me along the way. It has been my great privilege to serve in this most special profession.”

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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