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.

Thank you to Our Sponsors of the 17th Annual Fall Reception

The NHWBA was honored to have many lawyers, judges, law students and friends attend our 17th Annual Fall Reception on September 18, 2014.  At the Reception, the 2014 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award was presented to Attorney Carol L. Hess.  Additionally, the Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship was presented to Allison M. Fusco, a second year law student at UNH School of Law.  The NHWBA wishes to thank all of our sponsors including:


Abramson, Brown & Dugan

McLane Law Firm

Nixon Peabody

Rath, Young and Pignatelli


Bernstein Shur

Devine, Millimet & Branch

Hess Gehris Solutions

Nathan Wechsler & Company

Shaheen & Gordon

Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green

Sulloway & Hollis

Upton & Hatfield


Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman

Martin, Lord & Osman

The Stein Law Firm

Waystack Frizzell


Arthur G. Greene Consulting 

Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin

Desmarais, Ewing & Johnston

To view photos from the event, click here.

The NHWBA Received 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 was presented to the NHWBA at the NCWBA’s Leadership Summit held at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts on August 8, 2014. 

Spotlight on our Members!

Two of our members, Emily Gray Rice and Marty Van Oot, were recently recognized in Benchmark's Top 250 Women in Litigation. The winners were determined through an analysis of the markets after an exhaustive research cycle beginning in February 2014 and ending in June.  To view the entire list, 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.