Linda Stewart Dalianis was sworn in as the 35th Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court on December 15, 2010 by Gov. John Lynch. She was the first woman to hold a seat on the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and she is the first woman to be Chief Justice. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court by Gov. Jeanne Shaheen in the year 2000, Justice Dalianis had served for almost 20 years on the Superior Court bench, both as an associate justice and as Chief Justice.
During her long career in the Judicial Branch, Chief Justice Dalianis has been a member of numerous influential committees that shape the day-to-day work of the courts, including the Supreme Court rules and legislation committees, and the Superior Court committees on guardians, marital masters and alternative dispute resolution. She was a longtime member of the New Hampshire Bar Association Committee on Cooperation with the Courts. She chaired both the "Family Division Implementation Committee" which studied the delivery of court services in family law cases, and the "Judicial Branch Dispute Resolution Committee," which worked on system-wide development of alternative dispute resolution services.
In 2015, Chief Justice Dalianis received the Frank Rowe Kenison Award from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation for her substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession and the advancement of legal thought.
Chief Justice Dalianis was raised in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She is a graduate of the Villa Augustina school in Goffstown, Northeastern University and Suffolk University Law School.
Executive Council Hearings, November 29, 2010:
Remarks on the November 3, 2009 Bar Admission Ceremony