University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Professionalism in Law School & Law Practice

UNH Law students are invited to this intimate lunch with the Dean, NH Supreme Court Justice Gary Hicks, and NH Attorney Heather Krans. (this is a closed event)

RSVP:  On TWEN, under Career Services Programs, Lunch with Justice Gary Hicks

Attendance is limited to the first 30 students who sign up.

This event is organized by Career Services, the Legal Residencies Program, the Academic Success Program, and the Law Library, and hosted by the Dean.


This luncheon with Justice Hicks and Attorney Krans will be the kick-off to UNH Law’s YEAR-LONG Professionalism series. This event brings students together with the Dean, Justice Hicks, and Attorney Krans for a sophisticated dialogue about professionalism. Students may hear this term without understanding much about it or why it matters for their own legal educations and careers. Justice Hicks and Attorney Krans will offer their expertise to explore the definition of professionalism. They will also offer their personal perspectives on the topic, sharing stories about how they have nurtured such strong ethics of professionalism themselves. In addition, they will discuss with students the pitfalls—both personal and professional—that may arise when professionalism is neglected. Students will be able to ask questions and share their own reflections on professionalism.

The Honorable Gary E. Hicks was sworn IN as the 104th Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court on January 31, 2006 after serving for four years on the Superior Court, the state's major trial court. Before becoming a judge, Justice Hicks was a commercial litigator for 23 years with Wiggin & Nourie, then one of New Hampshire's largest law firms. During that time, he also maintained an active mediation and arbitration practice. Justice Hicks, now the senior associate justice of the Supreme Court, is a past chairman of the New Hampshire Judicial Council and a former member of the New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee.

A native of Colebrook, New Hampshire, Justice Hicks graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in mathematics and from Boston University School of Law where he was managing editor of the Law Review. He has received both the New Hampshire Bar President's Award for distinguished and compassionate service (1988) and the Philip S. Hollman Gender Equality Award presented by the Bar's Gender Equality Committee (2012). Justice Hicks served as president of the Daniel Webster Inn of Court from 2004-2005 and was a member of the board of trustees of the American Inns of Court from 2008-2012. He continues his association with the Inns of Court as chairperson of its Nominations Committee. Justice Hicks is co-editor of the New Hampshire Discovery Practice manual.

Heather Krans has been practicing law in NH since 1998. Her primary areas of practice are: family law; appellate law; complex commercial litigation; and professional licensure

Heather has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2013, 2014). She has been named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Concord Family Law "Lawyer of the Year." Heather is also listed as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers® - Rising Stars Edition (2010, 2011, and 2012). In 2012, after a rigorous selection process, including evaluation based on peer recognition and professional achievement, Heather was admitted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an association of the nation’s leading practitioners in the field of family law. She is one of only four lawyers in New Hampshire to be so credentialed.

Heather received her B.A. in English from the University of Vermont and her J.D., with distinction, from Emory University School of Law. Prior to joining The Stein Law Firm, PLLC, she started her career as an associate working with Bob Stein. Heather then practiced for eight years in the domestic relations, litigation, and appellate groups of a large New Hampshire law firm, before rejoining Bob as "of counsel" to The Stein Law Firm, PLLC in 2010.

In 2012, the New Hampshire Supreme Court appointed Heather to serve on the Professional Conduct Committee of the Attorney Discipline Office. In 2006, she was selected to serve on the New Hampshire Supreme Court Commission on the Status of the Legal Profession. In the community, Heather serves on the board of trustees for the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire, and recently completed a six-year term as a trustee of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

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