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. 

Many NHWBA Members Attended the Investiture Ceremony of Landya Boyer McCafferty as U.S. District Court Judge

Judge Landya Boyer McCafferty was sworn in as the next United States District Court Judge for the District of New Hampshire on February 21, 2014.  Judge McCafferty was praised for her intellect, integrity and diligence by Senators Shaheen and Ayotte.  Senator Shaheen said that Judge McCafferty was "born to be a judge."  Senator Ayotte said that she "can't think of anyone more deserving."   


Judge McCafferty is the first woman to ever be appointed to the state's federal bench.  At the conclusion of her remarks, Judge McCafferty said, "I want to leave you with a simple phrase that I heard recently. Three words that sum up the mission of this court, and what should be the mission of every school, teacher, coach, mentor and every one of us." Quoting Justice Souter, she said "Honor all people." "As the newest district judge on this court, I pledge to keep those three words in my head and in my heart at all times."


NHWBA members were pleased to attend this historic event.  To view a video from the Investiture Ceremony created by Cinematic Stories, click here


Congratulations to Heather E. Krans on her selection as the 2014 Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award Recipient


Past NHWBA President, Heather E. Krans, was this year's recipient of the Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award. Heather is well deserving of this award.  She is of counsel to the Stein Law Firm and concentrates her practice in the areas of domestic relations and appellate law. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2013, 2014). She has been named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Concord Family Law "Lawyer of the Year." Heather is also listed as a "Rising Star" in Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition (2010, 2011, and 2012).  In 2012, she was admitted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an association of the nation's leading practitioners in the field of family law. She is one of only four lawyers in New Hampshire to be so credentialed.


 She recently chaired the Family Law Section of the NH Bar Association and in 2012, she was appointed by the NH Supreme Court to serve on the Professional Conduct Committee of the Attorney Discipline Office. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Women's Fund of New Hampshire, and recently completed a six-year term as a trustee of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.  Heather was President of the NHWBA from 2004 to 2006 and helped expand our organization.


 Congratulations to Heather on this honor!

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.

Spotlight on our Members!

Our spotlight this month is on our members who received the New Hampshire Bar Association's Awards for Outstanding Pro Bono Service in 2013, including: Maria P. Gavin, Sarah E. Lavoie, Molly M. Lynch, and Dawn E. Worsley.

Maria P. Gavin is a shareholder and director at Bradley & Faulkner, PC in Keene.  She is a longtime volunteer with the NHBA Pro Bono Program, accepting referrals in family law matters, estate planning and eviction defense.  She also joined the DOVE Project.  Attorney Gavin is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Ethics Board.  She is involved in her community and is a volunteer usher at the Colonial Theater, and a member of the Keene Elm City Rotary Club and an Interact Advisor.  She was formerly the President of the Center Stage Cheshire County Board of Directors, a director on Home, Hospice, Healthcare and Community Services, and the Cheshire County Representative to the New Hampshire Bar Board of Governors.

Sarah E. Lavoie is an attorney with Burns Bryant Cox Rockefeller & Durkin PA in Dover.  Pro Bono work has long been important to Attorney Lavoie. One look at her bio on her firm's website shows it.  She received the Law Alumni Award for Pro Bono Service from Villanova University School of Law, the Dorothy Day Award for Pro Bono Service from Villanova University School of Law, and Philadelphia Bar Association's Law Student Pro Bono Award.  Attorney Lavoie accepts numerous cases for the NHBA's Pro Bono Program and co-authored a successful Amicus Brief to the New Hampshire Supreme Court on behalf of NHAJ in Desclos v. Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.

Molly M. Lynch is a contract attorney with the Legal Advice and Referral Center in Concord.  She was recognized as one of the 2014 Pro Bono Rising Stars.  Upon graduating from UNH School of Law, Attorney Lynch accepted a fellowship with the Nashua Public Defenders' Office.  She has already taken on at least nine Pro Bono cases.  She volunteers several hours per week within the Pro Bono Referral Program with the Low-Income Taxpayer Project and the Domestic Violence Emergency Project.

Dawn E. Worsley is a sole practitioner in Nashua and focuses her practice in the areas of criminal law, family law, juvenile law, and personal injury law.  Beginning in 1999, Attorney Worsley began accepting cases through the Pro Bono Program.  She dedicates her time to the DOVE Project and the Foreclosure Relief Project, and also willingly mentors other volunteers. 

Congratulations to all of these distinguished attorneys.

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.