Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire
| For Immediate Release:
April 09, 2018
Robert Lynn sworn in as new Chief Justice
CONCORD, N.H. - The Judicial Branch announced that Robert J. Lynn of Windham is the new chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He was sworn in today by Governor Christopher Sununu making him the 36th justice to lead the state's highest court. Lynn was previously confirmed by the Executive Council on a unanimous vote in March. He replaces former Chief Justice Linda S. Dalianis who retired on April 1.
Retired Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy was one of several speakers at the event. She shared her thoughts on her former colleague, saying, “Your new chief justice is one of the most talented legal analysts I know. He works tirelessly to understand the legal principles in every case that comes before the court. His careful writing reflects his desire to convey his legal reasoning in a comprehensible and thorough manner.”
Besides his skill as a jurist, Conboy noted their friendship as well, one that she described as, “not preventing us from vigorously arguing about the law, and occasionally we dissented from each other's opinions.” She added, “Sometimes our colleagues on the court were quick to point out, we enjoyed arguing with each other just for the fun of it. I shall greatly miss our intellectual sparring.”
Following his swearing in, Lynn stated his priorities as the new chief justice would be first and foremost to, “Focus on the supreme court's core responsibility of resolving the cases brought before us fairly, impartially, and expeditiously, with reasoned decisions, that get it right in terms of applying the law to the facts.” Lynn also stated that he wanted to bring the judicial branch fully into the 21st century, address issues regarding the judicial retirement system and promote civics education.”
Prior to becoming chief justice, Lynn served as an associate justice on the state Supreme Court for seven years following his nomination by Governor John Lynch in 2010. He was appointed to the trial court bench in 1992 by Governor Judd Gregg and was later named Chief Justice of the Superior Court in 2004 by Governor Craig Benson.
During his judicial career, Chief Justice Lynn has served on numerous committees, including the Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Rules, the Committee on the Judiciary and the Media, the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Committee, and the New Hampshire Bar Association's Committee on Cooperation with the Courts. He also is a member of the Federalist Society.
Before becoming a member of the judiciary, the chief justice worked as a federal prosecutor and Assistant U.S. Attorney in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In Boston, he served as Chief of the New England Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He also served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. Before attending law school, he worked as a Special Agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Hartford, CT.
Lynn, age 68, graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Haven with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice in 1971. Then he attended the University of Connecticut School of Law where he earned his J.D. in 1975, graduated magna cum laude and served as executive editor of the law review. He went on to clerk for Judge J. William Ditter, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.