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.
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, will receive this year's Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award at the Gender Equality Committee Breakfast to be held at the New Hampshire Bar Association's Mid-year Meeting on March 7, 2014. 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 Member!
Our spotlight this month is on our member, Heidi Ames. Heidi recently joined the firm of Moore Devlin Law, PLLC in Manchester. Heidi focuses her practice on domestic relations matters. She is a member and Vice-Chair of the Family Law Section of the New Hampshire Bar Association, as well as a member of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section. Heidi also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of New Hampshire Alumni Association. As a NHWBA board member, Heidi was instrumental in creating and leading our public service program "Overcoming Cancer's Legal Challenges" for the Breast Cancer Support Group, "Living Beyond Breast Cancer," at Elliot Regional Cancer Center.
Congratulations to Heidi on her move.
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.
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