Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire
| For Immediate Release:
September 24, 2019
Eileen Fox to retire as Clerk of the NHSCT
CONCORD, NH – The Justices of the New Hampshire Supreme Court released the following information today:
Eileen M. Fox, Esq., the long-time Clerk of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, will retire on December 31, 2019. She first joined the Court in 1994 as a staff attorney after a successful career in private practice, and was then named Clerk of the Court in 2001. Fox is the first woman to hold both positions.
“For the past 18 years, Eileen has been the day-to-day representative of the Court,” said Senior Associate Justice Gary E. Hicks. “She is an invaluable source of institutional knowledge, and a cherished colleague. The Court is grateful for her professional excellence, modesty, patience and sense of humor – all qualities that have served her so well working with fifteen different justices. She will be missed not only as our Clerk, but also as our friend.”
Hicks noted that Fox dramatically improved the Court’s operations through implementation of a computerized case management system to track the Court’s cases and caseload, established procedures for both mandatory appeals and discretionary appeals, and most recently, successfully launched electronic filing. He added, “It is no exaggeration to say that Eileen’s accomplishments in her nearly two-decades as clerk equal or surpass those of any of her predecessors in the Court’s history.”
The Court will appoint the current Deputy Clerk, Timothy A. Gudas, Esq., as Fox’s replacement starting on January 1, 2020. Gudas has been the Deputy Clerk/Legal at the Supreme Court since 2011. Prior to that, he practiced civil and appellate litigation at Sulloway & Hollis in Concord from 1997 to 2011. In 1996-1997, he worked as a law clerk to Associate Justice Sherman D. Horton, Jr. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, Gudas currently serves on the executive committee of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks.
Speaking for the Court, Justice Hicks said of Gudas, “Tim is known and respected by people both inside and outside of the Court. He brings a very thoughtful and diligent approach to his work. All of the justices have complete confidence in him and look forward to the continued leadership he will bring to the Clerk’s Office upon Eileen’s retirement.”