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Panel to look at NH Supreme Court trends and litigation strategies ... and more
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Carol Ann Conboy

A panel discussion focusing on “The NH Supreme Court: How Recent Trends Can Inform Future Litigation Strategies,” will be presented from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. At the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Intellectual Property Center. Presented by the NH Supreme Court Society and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service, the discussion will focus on recent trends in NH Supreme Court civil and criminal jurisprudence and explore how they can be used to craft future litigation.

The panel will be moderated by retired New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy. Panelists will be: Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Woodcock; chief appellate defender Chris Johnson; Gilles Bissonnette, legal director of the ACLU of New Hampshire; and Jim Kennedy, Concord city solicitor. For more information, visit or contact Bissonnette at 603-227-6678,

Milford High wins state We the People finals

For the second year, Milford High School students took first place at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state finals, held Jan. 6 at the City Wide Community Center in Concord. Students from Hollis-Brookline High School, John Stark Regional High School in Weare and Milford High School participated in this annual event, where they displayed their understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights in simulated congressional hearings before a panel of three judges. Milford High School will represent New Hampshire at the National Finals in Washington, to be held April 22-24.

Two attorneys join Pierce Atwood Trusts & Estates Practice

Attorneys Marla B. Matthews and Jan P. Myskowski have joined Pierce Atwood as partners. Both will be working in the firm’s New Hampshire-based Trusts & Estates Practice.

Matthews has extensive experience in trusts and estates planning, which includes general wealth transfer, gift and estate tax planning and business succession planning, and Myskowski focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, non-judicial trust reformations and modifications, matters before the probate court including guardianships, reformations, and contested will and trust disputes and matters before the U.S. Tax Court.

Also joining Pierce Atwood is staff member Sarah Caldwell-Washburn, who previously worked at Myskowski & Matthews.

Downs Rachlin Martin names three new directors

Attorneys Alison Sherman, Shannon Lenzini and Evan J. O’Brien have been named directors of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin. Sherman and O’Brien practice out of the firm’s Burlington, Vt., office; Lenzini practices from the firm’s St. Johnsbury, Vt., office.

Sherman joined the firm’s trusts and estates group as an associate in September 2014 at the firm’s Lebanon, NH, office. She continues to serve Vermont and New Hampshire-based clients with estate planning needs, including the implementation of tax, charitable giving, asset protection, and wealth preservation strategies for high net worth individuals, families and business owners. Lenzini and joined the firm’s business law group in August 2015. She Lenzini helps clients develop and expand their businesses through the use of financing transactions involving a variety of federal and state tax credits. O’Brien joined Downs Rachlin Martin in September 2017 as an associate in the firm’s litigation group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, government investigations, and white collar defense.

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