The Civil Justice Award was established in 1996 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the goals for which the NHTLA was established, namely, to promote the administration of justice for the public good…to uphold the honor and dignity of the profession of law…to uphold the right of trial by jury,…to preserve and enhance the rights of persons to have access to the Courts and our system of justice,…and to afford everyone a full, fair and timely remedy for wrongs done. In short, this award recognizes outstanding commitment to the improvement and preservation of the American civil justice system. The award is not limited to members of NHTLA or even to attorneys.
Past recipients include (not in order): Representative John M. "Jack" Pratt, Mark Kirouac, Senator Beverly Hollingworth, and Representative Sandra B. Keans for their work at the legislature; Honorable Martin F. Loughlin, Honorable Joseph P. Nadeau, and Honorable William F. Batchelder for their work on the bench.
This year, Judge William H. Barry, Jr. is posthumously awarded the NHTLA Civil Justice Award. His son, William H. Barry, III, accepted the award. Judge Barry was appointed magistrate judge in 1984 and retired from the federal bench in 1995. He was involved in the practice of law for approximately 40 years; he died on May 16, 2003.
Access to the courts is now barred for more than 60 million American workers
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