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Amy Beth Messer
2014 Kenison Award
Amy Beth Messer
Disabilities Rights Center

Amy Beth Messer
2014 Kenison Award
Hon. Kenneth R. McHugh
NH Superior Court (retired)

Frank Rowe Kenison Award

Honorary Fellow | Frank Rowe Kenison Award | Robert E. Kirby Award

The Kenison Award was established by the Bar Foundation to recognize an individual (or individuals) who makes substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession, or the advancement of legal thought. The award is made annually, selected by vote of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Recipients need not be members of the New Hampshire Bar Association, but are carefully chosen to honor individuals who meet the criteria for the award in its broadest sense.

Frank Rowe Kenison (1907-1980) was a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association for 48 years, and served as Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1952 to 1977. He was an exquisite legal thinker who committed his life to the legal system, education about the law, and the promise of equal justice for all.

Kenison Award Recipients

2014   Hon. Kenneth R. McHugh, NH Superior Court (retired)
2014   Amy Beth Messer, Disabilities Rights Center
2013   Claire Ebel, NH Civil Liberities Union (retired)
2012   David L. Nixon, Nixon, Vogelman, Barry, Slawsky & Simoneau P.A.
2011   Dean John T. Broderick, Jr., UNH School of Law
2010   Attorney Howard J. Zibel, NH Supreme Court
2009   Attorney Jacalyn Colburn, NH Public Defender
2009   Attorney Richard Guerriero, NH Public Defender
2008   Hon. Francis J. Frasier, Hampton District Court
2007   Attorney Frederic K. Upton, Upton & Hatfield, LLP
2006    Attorney Elliott Berry, NH Legal Assistance
2005    Nina C. Gardner, NH Judicial Council
2004    Attorney Jack B. Middleton, McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton
2003    Attorney Ronald K. Lospennato, Disabilities Rights Center
2002    Honorable James E. Duggan, NH Supreme Court
2001    Marcia Sink, Court Appointed Special Advocates
2000    Honorable Susan B. Carbon, Family Courts
1999    Attorney John E. Tobin, NH Legal Assistance
1998    Honorable Edwin W. Kelly, District Courts


Past Kenison Award Recipients at the
2013 Bar Foundation Annual Meeting


Top row, starting at left: Richard Guerriero, Dean John Broderick, Hon. Jacalyn Colburn, Nina Gardner, Marcia Sink, Hon. Susan Carbon, Tony McManus, John Tobin, Hon. James Duggan, and Elliot Berry. Seated: David Nixon, Claire Ebel (this year’s Kenison award recipient) and Jack Middleton. (Not present: Hon. Edwin Kelly. McManus, while not a Kenison award recipient, is a past chair of the Bar Foundation.)
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