New Hampshire Trial Lawyers Association
Holds 28th Annual Meeting
June 21, 2005



NHTLA celebrated its collective achievements of the past year at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel on June 21. The annual business meeting and a meeting of the newly elected Board of Governors were followed by cocktails, dinner, and awards.

New President Matthew B. Cox accepted the gavel from outgoing President Thomas E. Craig, thanking him for his service and identifying priorities for the Association in the coming year. (His remarks are summarized in the President’s Message that begins on page 99.

The annual meeting also marks the official installation of the newly elected Board of Governors which will serve in the coming year.  For more information about the new board members, see the following section in this magazine.

As always, the presentation of awards and recognitions was a highlight of the evening. The Civil Justice Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to promote the administration of justice and to afford everyone a full, fair and timely remedy for wrongs done. Police Chief Timothy Russell received the Civil Justice Award in recognition of his work, particularly within the law enforcement community, on ending domestic violence in New Hampshire.

The President’s Award is given annually to the individual who, in the opinion of the President, has been of outstanding service to the Association and of particular help to the President. Michael P. Hall received the President’s Award as thanks for his efforts in organizing this spring’s Trial Practice Series.

The Board of Governors Award is presented to a member of NHTLA who has demonstrated exemplary support of the Association and its goals over an extended period of time through the volunteering of his or her time and expertise and/or financial support.  This year, the Board gave two awards, both to Past Presidents who have given many years of service. Leslie C. Nixon recently stepped down after eighteen years on the Board, most recently as ATLA Governor. Edward W. Stewart, Jr., was honored for his continuing efforts at the legislature on workers compensation issues.

Finally, Special Recognitions are given periodically to attorneys in New Hampshire who, in the course of zealously representing their clients, pursue and help achieve substantive changes in the law of the state which improve our civil justice system, enhance the rights of citizens’ access to the courts, preserve the right of trial by jury or enhance the right of everyone to attain full, fair and timely remedies for civil wrongs.  This year, Special Recognition Awards were given to Edward M. Van Dorn, Jr., and Robin C. Curtiss for their efforts in Richard Knapp v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. et al. In addition to the case itself, they have worked with NHTLA at the Legislature for the past two sessions to successfully combat attempts to legislatively reverse Knapp.

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