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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.

Save the Date of October 13, 2016 for Our 19th Annual Fall Reception

Save the date of Thursday, October 13, 2016 for our 19th Annual Fall Reception.  The reception will be held at the Concord Country Club.  At the reception, we will present the 2016 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award to Jennifer L. Parent, Esquire.  The Ricker Award is given annually to a female attorney 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.  We will also present the 2016 Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship to Christine Hilliard, a deserving second year law student at UNH School of Law.  Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  A 50/50 raffle benefiting the McLaughlin Scholarship will be held during the reception.

If you or your firm would like to sponsor the Fall Reception, click here to view our Sponsorship Brochure.

Volunteer for our Women to Women Project

Want to help women in need? Here's your chance. The NHWBA and the New Hampshire Department of Corrections have jointly created the "Women to Women Project" to unite New Hampshire licensed attorneys with sentenced female inmates of the New Hampshire State Prison for Women. The purpose of the Project is to provide legal information on various topics of interest to the female inmates.  The Project provides an opportunity for licensed practitioners to offer limited legal advice and information to an underserved population on a varied spectrum of legal issues.

Through the Project, the NHWBA Public Service Committee will facilitate limited bi-monthly, in-person, on-site information sessions for female inmates in various areas of the law, which will be hosted by the Department of Corrections at the New Hampshire State Prison for Women. The Project is intended to provide information only. Therefore, licensed attorneys who volunteer their time are not expected to represent inmates as clients in legal proceedings. Additionally, the Project is not intended to offer support, advice or information regarding any claims against or involving the Department of Corrections. Each information session will feature a specific topic or topics for discussion.

The information sessions will operate with a team of three to five volunteer attorneys attending each scheduled session. Ideally, each team of volunteers will include attorneys with backgrounds in some of the following fields: family law, criminal law, landlord/tenant law, collections law, juvenile law, health/disability law, and other general civil matters. Additionally, each team may include a representative from an interested governmental agency, such as the Department of Health and Human Services.

All licensed attorneys in New Hampshire are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Project. In order to participate, volunteering attorneys will have to be approved by the Department of Correction and attend one training session.  Anyone interested in volunteering for the project within the next three years (no commitment necessary) should complete an application and come to the training session.  To learn more, please contact our Executive Director, Gretchen Pyles, at Gretchen@nhwba.org

Marilla M. Ricker's Portrait Now Hangs in the State House

Many people were on hand to see the unveiling of the portrait of Marilla Marks Ricker at the New Hampshire State House on May 16, 2016. Several NHWBA members, past presidents and past Ricker Award recipients were in attendance.  The unveiling ceremony was the culmination of a long process of raising the funds needed to commission the portrait and having the portrait completed.  The portrait unveiling ceremony was an exciting event and we are pleased that Marilla now has her rightful place in the halls of the State House.   

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.  

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.