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Gov. Lynch’s Judiciary Nominations: 3 of 4 Have Ties to UNH Law

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch announced judicial nominees he will present to the Executive Council for approval; of the four, three have strong ties to the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Senior Associate Supreme Court Justice Linda Dalianis will be nominated for the position of Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. She will take the seat of retiring Chief Justice John T. Broderick, Jr. who has been selected to become the next dean and president of UNH Law.

Dalianis has been on the Supreme Court since 2000 and headed the committee that, in concert with UNH Law (then Franklin Pierce Law Center), the New Hampshire Board of Bar Examiners, and the New Hampshire Bar Association, created the nationally-recognized Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program in 2005.  Webster Scholars supplement their UNH Law legal studies with rigorous practical application and assessment by bar examiners during the last two years of law school, preparing them to be practice-ready upon graduation. Dalianis often refers to herself as the "proud mother" of the program; though presently unique in the nation, a number of states are looking to it as a possible model for their own programs.

In addition to Lynch's nominations of Dalianis and Superior Court Chief Justice Robert Lynn to fill her seat on the Supreme Court, were two nominations to serve in the District Courts.

Kristin Spath, of Concord will be nominated as a judge in Concord District Court.  An Associate Attorney General and Chief of Staff in the Department of Justice, she is a 1985 graduate of UNH Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).

Belknap County Attorney James Carroll, a 1987 graduate of UNH Law, will be nominated to the Laconia District Court.  Previously, Carroll was in private practice and served as Laconia city prosecutor.