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.

Donate to the Marilla Ricker Portrait Fund

Join the NHWBA and the League of Women Voters NH to ensure that a portrait of Marilla Marks Young Ricker is installed in the New Hampshire State House.  In 2013, legislation was passed authorizing the acquisition and installation of a portrait of Marilla Marks Young Ricker in the State House.  Because no state money was allocated for the project, all funds have to be raised privately.  Therefore, the NHWBA and the League of Women Voters NH have teamed up to ensure that a portrait is painted and eventually hung in the halls of the State House in order to give public recognition to this remarkable New Hampshire native.  To review a brochure about the fundraising efforts, click here.  To donate to this worthwhile project, click here.  

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

In 2005, the NH Commission on the Status of Women conceived of the New Hampshire 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 featured on the Trail and to learn more, click here.  

Thanks to All who Attended our 18th Annual Fall Reception

Thanks to everyone who attended NHWBA's 18th Annual Fall Reception. We were honored to have Senator Ayotte and Governor Hassan in attendance to congratulate Jane Young, the 2015 Marilla Ricker Award recipient. We were also pleased to share a video from Judge Susan Carbon in honor of Lyndsay Robinson, who is the 2015 Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship recipient.  To view photos from the event, click here.

A special thanks to all of our sponsors:


Abramson, Brown & Dugan

McLane Middleton

Nixon Peabody

Upton & Hatfield


Bernstein Shur

Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green

Sulloway & Hollis


Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson

Nathan Wechsler & Company

Waystack Frizzell


Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin

Desmarais Law Group

Rath, Young and Pignatelli 

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. 

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 be given to anyone who is not currently a member.  The cost of a gift membership is only $25.  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.