Linda Dalianis
Chief Justice Dalianis
Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis will be presented with the 2015 Frank Rowe Kenison Award at the Bar Foundation's Annual Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Jack Middleton, chair of the Bar Foundation Board of Directors (and 2004 Kenison award recipient), said Dalianis's selection was based on several factors. "The Chief Justice is a pioneer and a leader - the first woman on the superior court and the supreme court, and the first female chief justice of both, and she has led the way in innovations for the courts."

Dalianis said she is honored and delighted to be selected for the Kenison Award. Justice Gary Hicks will introduce Chief Justice Dalianis at the event.

Jonathan Eck
Jonathan Eck
The Robert E. Kirby Award is presented to an attorney 35 years old or younger who demonstrates traits of civility, courtesy, perspective and excellent advocacy. The selection committee for the award each year is comprised of judges from every level of the courts in New Hampshire. US District Court Chief Judge Joseph Laplante, a Kirby award recipient in 2001, chairs the committee.

Eck, a member of the litigation group at Devine Millimet law firm, is a member of the NH Bar Association Board of Governors and immediate past president of the Manchester Bar Association. He was nominated by several attorneys who noted his effectiveness as a trial lawyer with a trademark approach of respect and humility.Eck also has been active in the American Bar Association, serving as a district representative (representing New Hampshire and Massachusetts) in the ABA's Young Lawyers Division, and he participated in the Leadership Greater Manchester program. Last year, he co-chaired the NH Bar Foundation's annual dinner.

Richard Cohen
Richard Cohen

The Annual Dinner includes recognition of the achievements and dedication to public service of Richard Cohen, who retires this year as executive director of the Disability Rights Center of New Hampshire. Cohen was the 2014 Honorary Fellow, honored at the Foundation's Fellows & Donors reception in February 2014.

Grappone Conference Center, Concord

5:30 p.m.Reception
6 p.m.Program including awards and update on the work of the Foundation
6:30 p.m.Dinner

Purchase tickets online or by mail. $95 or $65 for New Lawyers.