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News From the NH Women's Bar Association:
Superior Court Justice Conboy to Receive Achievement Award

October 8, 2008-- The New Hampshire Women's Bar Association (NHWBA) has selected the Honorable Carol Ann Conboy to receive the 2008 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award. The award will be given to Judge Conboy at the NHWBA's annual Fall Reception on Wednesday, October 15, 2008, which will be held at the Centennial Inn in Concord from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The achievement award, which is named in honor of Marilla M. Ricker, the first woman to apply for admission to the New Hampshire bar, honors outstanding women lawyers in New Hampshire who have achieved professional excellence or paved the way to success for other women lawyers or advanced opportunities for women in the profession or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women.

Judge Conboy was nominated for this award for the many achievements she has accomplished in her career, which began as a federal court law clerk and continued as an associate and then partner in McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton, where she concentrated on employment law litigation. She was appointed to the Superior Court bench by Governor Judd Gregg in 1992.

In selecting Judge Conboy for the award, the Women's Bar noted in a press release that she had been "breaking ground for women at all stages in her career, from her role as an officer in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, to her service as an attorney and as a justice on the New Hampshire Superior Court." Judge Conboy currently serves as chair of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics and chair of the New Hampshire Superior Court Sentence Review Board. She also serves on the Franklin Pierce Law Center Board of Trustees and is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Committee on Professionalism. "She is generous with her time in mentoring young attorneys, she provides daily inspiration and she serves as a role model to women lawyers entering her courtroom, " the Women's Bar said.

Past Marilla Ricker Award recipients include Hon. Susan B. Carbon, Martha Van Oot, Cathy J. Green, Mary Susan Leahy, Linda S. Johnson, Deborah J. Cooper, Hon. Jean K. Burling, Emily Gray Rice, Ann McLane Kuster, Barbara Keshen and Sherilyn Burnett Young.

The New Hampshire Women's Bar Association, of which Judge Conboy is a member, is a statewide bar association, founded to promote and support the advancement and interest of women in the legal community through leadership, professional interaction, education and the exchange of ideas between our members and the community.

The fall reception is open to all lawyers and judges in New Hampshire. No RSVP is required.

(The information above was prepared by the Women's Bar Association. Contact Holly Haines, the NHWBA Public Relations Officer, at Abramson, Brown & Dugan, P.A. at 603-627-1819 or hhaines@arbd.com).