Welcome!

The NHWBA was established in 1998 to promote and support the advancement and interests of women in the legal community through leadership, professional interaction, education and the exchange of ideas between our members and the community.  We offer our members opportunities for personal and professional growth through networking and professional development forums, continuing legal education seminars, and public service initiatives that focus on improving the lives of women and children in New Hampshire.  Our membership is comprised of attorneys in all areas of law, judges, educators, government officials and law students from across the state.  We invite you to learn more about the NHWBA by exploring our website or joining us at an upcoming event.

The NHWBA to Receive the 2014 Public Service Award from the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations

The NHWBA was selected to receive the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations' ("NCWBA") 2014 Public Service Award for its "Overcoming Cancer's Legal Challenges" program.  This program was a collaboration of the NHWBA and the Elliot Regional Cancer Center.  A support group at the Cancer Center called “Living Beyond Breast Cancer” meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Many patients and survivors attending these meetings have questions about how their treatment and recovery will affect them and their families from a legal perspective.  The NHWBA met with the support group in March 2013 and intends to meet with them again this spring to provide the patients and survivors with information about their legal rights and to answer questions pertaining to employment issues, insurance and financial issues, and family law issues.  In addition to providing legal guidance, the NHWBA also sought to provide emotional support for the cancer patients and survivors and their families.  The NHWBA also met with the Cancer Center’s Social Work Oncology Group to help educate the social workers about the laws that affect their patients.

The 2014 Public Service Award will be presented to the NHWBA at the NCWBA’s Leadership Summit to be held at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts on August 8, 2014.  To register for the full-day Leadership Summit, click here.  To register for the Awards Luncheon only, click here.

Thanks to all who donated to NHWBA's 6th Annual Food Drive!

For the sixth consecutive year, the NHWBA held a food drive to help stock the New Hampshire Food Bank for the summer months.  Thanks to all the attorneys and their staff from around the state who donated food items or made monetary donations.  As a result of their generosity, 575 pounds of food was collected and over $2,100 was donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank.  The staff at the New Hampshire Food Bank was very appreciative because community needs tend to increase during the summer months when families are not able to rely on school lunch programs to provide meals to their children.  The NHWBA wishes to recognize the following firms and individuals for their generous donations:

Abramson, Brown & Dugan

MaryDilys S. Anderson, Esquire

Sophia Annas

Barry & Honorow, P.L.L.C.

Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, P.A.

Stephen I. Brodsky, Esquire

Katherine L. Brown, Esquire

Christine Buonopane

Steven M. Burke, Esquire

Thomas & Cynthia Chagnon

Joceline D. Champagne, Esquire

Robert P. Cheney, Esquire

Hon. Jacalyn A. Colburn

John & Lisa Colucci

Andrea L. Daly, Esquire 

Priscilla & Normand Desrochers

Tina Dishong

Cheryl & Bruce Dubois

Finch & Maloney PLLC

Forberg Law Office, PLLC

John & Melissa Fraser

Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC

Ganz Law Office

Wilbur A Glahn, III, Esquire

Howard & McBeath, PLLC

Jeanine M. Kilgallen, Esquire

Denice Maistrosky

Laura K. Maistrosky, Esquire

Neil F. Maloney, Esquire

Karyl Roberts Martin, Esquire

McLane Law Firm

Kimberly J.H. Memmesheimer, Esquire

Law Office of Katherine J. Morneau, PLLC

NH Public Utilities Commission

Peter A. Nieves, Esquire

Parnell, Michels & McKay, PLLC

Christopher & Gretchen Pyles

Jeannette Riendeau

Mark C. Rouvalis, Esquire

Jane M. Schirch, Esquire

Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.

Catherine E. Shanelaris, Esquire

Shanelaris & Schirch, PLLC

Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA

Law Office of Kathleen A. Sternenberg

Charla Bizios Stevens, Esquire

Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C.

Debbie Timson

Robert A. Wells, Esquire

Kimon S. Zachos, Esquire

Spotlight on our Members!

Five of our members deserve special recognition.  Holly Haines, Cathy Shanelaris, Cathy McKay, Clara Dietel and Lynne Sabean have served on the NHWBA's Board of Directors for the past several years. As they step down from the Board, we want to acknowledge their dedication to this organization and thank them for their hard work.

Holly Haines is an attorney with Abramson, Brown & Dugan, and focuses her practice on medical malpractice and personal injury.  Holly is involved in many professional organizations including serving on the Board of Governors for the New Hampshire Association for Justice as well as the American Association for Justice.  She has served on the New Hampshire Bar Association's Editorial Board of the New Hampshire Bar News and Bar Journal and is a member of the Bar's Gender Equality Committee.  She has served on the Dean's Advisory Council of UNH School of Law and the New Hampshire Alumni Advisory Group.  Holly received the Robert E. Kirby Award from the New Hampshire Bar Association in 2011.  She has served on the NHWBA's Board since 2006 and just completed her term as our Immediate Past President. 

Cathy Shanelaris is a founding member and partner of Shanelaris and Schirch where she focuses her practice on family law matters.   She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Family Law Section and the New Hampshire Bar Association's Pro Bono Governing Board.  She was appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to the Access to Justice Commission.  She is the Hillsborough County-South Governor for the New Hampshire Bar Association's Board of Governors. In 2010, Cathy was presented with the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor. Cathy also received the Ted Jordan Award from the Nashua Bar Association earlier this month.  She has been a longtime NHWBA board member and served as our Hillsborough County - South Representative.

Cathy McKay is an attorney with Parnell, Michels & McKay where she concentrates her practice in family law, including Collaborative Practice. Cathy is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire.  She is also a member of the Family Law section of the New Hampshire Bar Association.  She has been a longtime NHWBA board member and served as our Rockingham County Representative.

Clara Dietel is an associate at Shaheen & Gordon. She practices in a variety of areas, including civil litigation and employment law.  Prior to joining Shaheen & Gordon, Clara clerked for the Honorable James E. Duggan of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  Clara is a member of the Russian American Rule of Law Consortium.  She has been a member of the NHWBA for several years and served as the Co-Secretary of the Membership Committee.

Lynne Sabean is an attorney with Boutin & Altieri, P.L.L.C.  She practices in the areas of civil litigation, municipal law, real estate law, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and appellate matters.  Prior to attending UNH School of Law (previously Franklin Pierce Law Center), she spent more than two decades as a marketing professional in the magazine publishing, computer technology, and mortgage industries. Lynne has served as the Belknap County Representative on the NHWBA's Board for the past several years.

Plan to Attend the National Association of Women Lawyers' Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon in New York on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Join leading women lawyers from across the country at the National Association of Women Lawyers' 2014 Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon to be held on July 24, 2014 at the historic Waldorf-Astoria New York Hotel in New York, New York.  The theme of this year's meeting is "Women Belong at the Table:  Leading with Courage and Confidence."  NAWL will examine why women are still the minority at most leadership tables and what it takes to be a courageous, confident, and effective leader. Prominent in-house counsel, private practitioners, and government lawyers will offer concrete skills, best practices, and actionable solutions relevant to women lawyers in all legal disciplines who are looking to take and make the most of their seat at the table.  The Awards Luncheon will provide a unique opportunity to celebrate and network with over 800 lawyers from around the country as NAWL recognizes and honors leading lawyers, legal departments, and NAWL members who have made exceptional contributions to improve and diversify the legal profession. Following the day's programs, NAWL will host its Night of Giving reception to benefit Legal Momentum.  

NHWBA is a co-sponsor of this event.  Our members will receive a 10% discount when registering.  Please use the following code to receive the discount:  AMNHWBA2014.  For more information or to register, click here.

Marilla M. Ricker to be Featured on New Hampshire Women's Heritage Trail

In 2005, the NH Commission on the Status of Women conceived of the Women's Heritage Trail to give visible recognition to the significant participation of women in the life and culture of this state.  The Trail reveals stories of notable women of the past who came from many walks of life with diverse talents and accomplishments.  For a complete list of the women to be featured on the Trail and to learn how you can help with the completion of the Trail, click here.

The Perfect Gift Anytime - Purchase a Gift Membership to the NHWBA!  

The NHWBA is pleased to offer gift memberships.  A gift memberhsip is a great way to acknowledge an associate, law student or co-worker.  Gift memberships can also be given anonymously to someone who would like to be a member, but is unable to join.  The membership is valid for one year and only costs $35.  To purchase one, complete this form.

Receive a discount with Beacon Press while supporting NHWBA!

NHWBA is a member of the Beacon Press affiliate program, which will allow our members to purchase books through Beacon Press, such as Anita Hill's book, Reimagining Equality:  Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home, at a 20% discount while NHWBA receives 10% of each purchase.  To enjoy this benefit, please type in NHWBA for the affiliate code on check out.