FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2019
Concord, NH, July 15, 2019– The New Hampshire Bar Association held their Annual Meeting at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH, the last weekend in June. The
President’s gavel was passed from David W. McGrath of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA, to Edward D. Philpot, Jr. a solo practitioner for 27 years and former Belknap County Bar President. McGrath thanked his law firm, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA and his wife, Lorie McGrath, for their support of his year, where much time was spent in service to the Association. Philpot discussed how his term as President will focus on greater communication of NHBA member benefits and implementing more technology assistance services for members, as well as a greater focus on Law Related Education programming.
Association President, McGrath announced the long-time New Hampshire Bar Foundation Chair, Jack Middleton, of McLane Middleton PA, will be stepping down from the Board of Directors. Attorney Middleton received a standing ovation in recognition of his work with the Foundation. Middleton will be succeeded by James J. Tenn Jr., of Tenn and Tenn PA.
Attorney Jennifer A. Eber of Orr and Reno received the Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award for her work to update and prepare new content for Beyond High School, a publication of the NHBF and NHBA that provides valuable information to high school seniors regarding their rights and responsibilities entering adulthood. Attorney Eber thanked Mrs. Robin E. Knippers, the NHBA Law Related Education Coordinator for her help with the project. Their efforts distributed the book to approximately 14,000 students in the state.
Attorney William C. Saturley of Preti Flaherty firm, received the E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism. One former colleague noted that he has the highest respect for Bill’s diligence, professionalism and judgement in all matters, but particularly when dealing with other lawyer difficulties. Bill served with dedication on the Board of the New Hampshire Insurance Agency Inc. for many years. Most recently, he volunteered to conduct the negotiations leading to the sale of the NHBA Insurance Agency to Amity Insurance Agency.
Senior Associate Justice Gary E. Hicks and Retired Justice Carol Ann Conboy presented the Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism to Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn. As a
judge and Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, and as a Justice and then Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn served with dedication and distinction, determined to ensure all people are served equally and according to the law. Widely respected for his disciplined and thoughtful manner, careful preparation, and fair mindedness, he has served the citizens of New Hampshire well and the New Hampshire Bar Association recognizes his judicial professionalism with this award.
The New Hampshire Bar Association congratulated newly appointed and re-elected officers and board members and recognized outgoing officers and board members for their service to the Association and its members. Outgoing officers and board members include, Scott H. Harris, Immediate Past President, John A. Curran, Governor-at-Large, Richard Guerriero, Governor-at-Large, Danielle Y. Vanderzanden, Out-of-State Governor, Thomas F. McCue, Coos County Governor, Adam B. Pignatelli, Merrimack County Governor, Lanea A. Wikus, Sullivan County Governor, Andrew R. Hamilton, ABA Associate Young Lawyer Delegate. Re-Elected board members include, Joseph D. Steinfield, Cheshire County Governor, Martha A. “Marcie” Hornick, Grafton County Governor, Susan Aileen Lowry, Rockingham County Governor. Newly elected and appointed officers and board members include, Daniel E. Will, President-Elect, Richard Guerriero, Vice President, Kathleen M Mahan, Governor-at-Large, Christine M. Hanisco, Governor-at-Large, Jason B. Dennis, Out-of-State Governor, Scott J. Whitaker, Coos County Governor, John A. Curran, Merrimack County Governor, Geoffrey M. Gallagher, Sullivan County Governor, Heather A. Cherniske, ABA Association Young Lawyer Delegate.
The New Hampshire Bar Association recognized recently retired and newly appointed members of the judiciary and made a donation in each of their names to the NH Supreme Court Society. Recently retired judges from the Superior Court include Hon. Gillian L. Abramson and Hon. Kenneth C. Brown, and from the Circuit Court; Hon. John J. Coughlin, Hon. Martha R. Crocker, Hon. Thomas A. Rappa, and Hon. Michael J. Ryan, with the Marital Master, Master Nancy J. Geiger. Recently appointed to Superior Court was Hon. Daniel I. St. Hilaire, and to the Circuit Court; Hon. Mark S. Derby, Hon. James D. Gleason, Hon. Michael C. Mace, Hon. Kerry P. Steckowych, and Hon. Janet Hay Subers.
The New Hampshire Bar Association’s Leadership Academy had their graduation ceremony where their projects for the Access to Justice Commission were showcased. The NHBA Leadership Academy requires a three-year commitment to the NH Bar Association leadership training and NHBA committee work. 2019 Graduates of the program include Attorney Alexandra S. Cote of McLane Middleton, Attorney Nicole A. Faille of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, Attorney Joshua P. Lanzetta, Attorney Brooke L. Lovett Shilo of Upton & Hatfield, Attorney Evan M. Lowry of Southern NH University, Attorney R.J. Meurin of Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office North, Attorney Kaitlin M. O’Neil of Normandin Cheney & O’Neil, Attorney Hilary A.H. Rheaume of Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson, Attorney Justin S. St. James of Law Office of Justin St. James, Attorney Corinne A. Taylor of Parr Law, Attorney Stephanie L. Tymula of 1 Client Matters, and Attorney Carole L. Waters of Shaheen & Gordon.
The New Hampshire Bar Association honored and recognized members of the Association who are celebrating 50 years of practicing law. Chief Justice Lynn personally handed these members a NH Supreme Court signed certificate commemorating their 50th anniversary of admission to the bar. These members included, Attorney John T. Barrett III, Attorney John F. Bielagus, Attorney Raymond P. D’Amante, Attorney Donald M. Ekberg, Hon. Leonard S. Green, Attorney Robert R. Howard III, Attorney Paul R. Kfoury Sr., Attorney Michael M. Lonergan, Attorney Peter J. Loughlin, Hon. John R. Maher, Hon. Kenneth R. McHugh, Attorney Roger B. Phillips, and Attorney Judith D. Ransmeier.
The Annual Meeting was a restorative weekend where over 130 New Hampshire Bar Association members and their families enjoyed comedy stylings of Juston McKinney, a hike up Mt. Pierce, and a relaxing Cog Railway climb up Mt. Washington. “We are looking forward to providing innovative and interesting programming at future meetings so as to foster occasions when bar members can get together and celebrate the special qualities of practicing in New Hampshire.”, New Hampshire Bar Association Executive Director, George Moore said about the meeting.