Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire
| For Immediate Release:
May 8, 2018
Patrick Donovan sworn in as the 109th
CONCORD, N.H. - The Judicial Branch announced that Patrick E. Donovan of Windham was sworn in today by Gov. Christopher Sununu as the 109th Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
In welcoming Donovan to the state's highest court, Chief Justice Robert J. Lynn shared some insights regarding the judicial journey ahead saying, “There are simply no road maps, phone apps, playbooks or instruction manuals that will give you all of the guidance you will need to be a great justice. That only comes with time.” He added, “But if someone were to ask me to name the characteristics that make an outstanding justice, I would say, respect for the rule of law, respect for their colleagues and respect for a difference of opinion.”
Following his oath, Donovan thanked his new colleagues for their support and advice as well as how welcome they have made him feel. “I am confident that ours will be a productive union where the serious and hard work of deciding conflicts that come before this court will be accomplished with soundness, integrity and friendship,” he said.
Donovan has the unique distinction of starting his legal career at the Supreme Court as a law clerk in 1990. He joins the court from his private practice in Salem, where, over the past 18 years, he focused on civil, commercial and criminal matters. Prior to opening his own firm, Donovan worked as an associate at Goodwin Proctor in Boston then became an Assistant Attorney General with the New Hampshire Department of Justice in the Criminal Bureau. After three years, he was promoted to Senior Assistant Attorney General as a member of the Homicide Unit. He also served as Counsel to the New Hampshire House of Representatives for two years.
Donovan, age 54, is a 1990 graduate of Boston College Law School where he served as an editor of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree in Government and English from Dartmouth College in 1986.