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Mary Elizabeth Tenn, a Manchester trial lawyer, takes office as president of the New Hampshire Bar Association on June 19, 2015 at the Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. As president of the Association, which represents all lawyers licensed to practice law in the state, Tenn said she intends to focus the culture of professionalism and civility that characterizes the practice of law in the state.

Mary Tenn takes office as President of the NH Bar Assoc.

Mary Tenn takes office as President of the NH Bar Assoc.

Tenn, a New Hampshire native, practices with the law firm of Tenn And Tenn, PA along with her three siblings James J. Tenn, Jr., John J. Tenn and Annmarie A. Tenn. Notably, Tenn is the second person in her family and in her firm to serve as president of the NH Bar Association, and follows her brother James J. Tenn, Jr. a past president of the New Hampshire Bar Association in 2009-2010. This year, Tenn And Tenn, PA, marks its 20th year of existence.

Tenn received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review. She received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Boston College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded membership in the National Jesuit Honor Society—The Order of the Cross and Crown.

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As New Hampshire Bar Association President and practicing attorney at Tenn And Tenn, P.A., James J. Tenn emphasizes in a New Hampshire Bar Association News article the impact attorneys can have if they become more actively involved in speaking out about how cost reductions are hurting the justice system. While the closing of New Hampshire courts is a response to financial crisis in the state, lawyers are concerned about an increase in court delays, fewer available court dates, and other inconveniences for timely cases that individuals are relying on to be resolved promptly.

Courthouses throughout New Hampshire shut their doors on April 2, 2010 and again on April 30 as a part of the NH Supreme Court’s response to the state’s current financial calamity. The courthouses will close again on May 28 as well as on additional dates yet to be disclosed. On these days of closure, judicial branch employees take unpaid furloughs to help with the state legislature’s decision to lower judicial expenditures by at least $3.1 million dollars by June 30, 2011 as part of an anticipated state expenditure decrease of $25 million dollars.

The judicial branch plans on closing NH courts 17 days in 2010 and an additional number of days in 2011. James J. Tenn reminds attorneys and citizens alike how critical the preservation of access to justice is even during challenging times presented by a struggling economy. In the article, Mr. Tenn states, “The proper administration of justice requires that our court system remain accessible. Adequate funding is needed to ensure that sufficient staff is on hand to keep our courts open and the process moving.”

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