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 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. 

Join us at our 17th Annual Fall Reception on Thursday, September 18, 2014

On September 18, 2014, the NHWBA will host its 17th Annual Fall Reception at The Concord Country Club. The reception will include the presentation of the 2014 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award to Carol L. Hess, Esquire. The Ricker Award is presented annually to an outstanding woman lawyer in New Hampshire who has achieved professional excellence and paved the way to success for other women lawyers, advanced opportunities for women in the profession, and/or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women. Attorney Hess meets and exceeds all of these criteria. She has long been a role model for other attorneys in New Hampshire and has been a longtime supporter of the mission of the NHWBA. Join us for a night of recognition of the achievements of Attorney Hess as well as a night of networking with our members and friends. The reception is open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated to Gretchen@nhwba.org. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available. At the reception, we will also present the Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship to Allison Fusco, a second year law student at UNH School of Law. A 50/50 raffle to benefit the Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship Fund will also be held.

Spotlight on our Member!

The NHWBA wishes to thank Holly Barcroft for her years of leadership on its Board and congratulate her on completing her term as President.  Holly has served on the NHWBA's Board for almost a decade and she has helped to further the mission of the NHWBA.  

Holly is an attorney with Nixon Peabody, and focuses her practice on corporate litigation and bankruptcy.  She formerly served as the president of the board of Dress for Success New Hampshire and was a member of the Webster-Batchelder American Inn of Court.  She is a long-time volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester and is currently serving on its board of directors.

The NHWBA is honored to have had Holly at the helm of the organization for the past two years.  As current President, Karyl Martin aptly stated, "Holly is a true advocate for the NHWBA and its mission. She led the organization as President through its 15th Anniversary and receipt of its first national award this year.  Her leadership skills and experience have been instrumental in building and guiding the organization."  Thank you, Holly! 

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.