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In This Issue
Spotlight on our Member, Colleen Karpinsky
NHWBA Membership Drive to Start Soon
Become a Sponsor of the 15th Anniversary Celebration
Opera NH Event a Success
Networking Event after the NH Bar's Mid-Year Meeting
Brown Bag Lunch - Starting Out on Your Own - Tips and Tricks
Save the Date for our 11th Annual Work Stress Relief Clinic
Register Now for the Table for Eight with Judge Laplante
Register Now for Gender Equality Breakfast
Celebrate International Women's Day
Campaign for Legal Services Kick-off Breakfast
NHPTV's Women of Influence Luncheon

Save the Date:  May 9, 2013



15th Anniversary Celebration


The Currier 

Museum of Art

150 Ash Street

Manchester, NH



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NHWBA Officers and Directors

Executive Director:
Gretchen E. Pyles 
Holly J. Kilibarda 
Nixon Peabody, LLP 


Immediate Past President:
Holly B. Haines 

Abramson, Brown & Dugan, PA

Vice President:
Karyl Roberts Martin 

Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, PA
Sabrina C. Beavens
Iurillo & Associates, PA
Sheila J. Sturm
David G. Sturm, PLLC
Public Relations Officer: 
Christina A. Ferrari 
Bianco Professional Association

Networking Director: 
Erin Desmarais Wolf 
Conn Kavanaugh

Programming Director: 
Kathleen M. Mahan 
Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, PLLC

Membership Secretary: 
Kara M. Simard 
Borofsky, Amodeo-Vickery & Bandazian, PA

Vice Membership Secretary: 
Clara Dietel 
Shaheen & Gordon, PA

Member at Large: 
Heather A. Flanner 
Concord Prosecutor's Office

Lynne Sabean 
Boutin & Altieri, PLLC

Sandra Cabrera 
Waystack Frizzell

Viktoriya Kovalenko 
NH Superior Court

Hillsborough North:
Heidi A. Ames 
Devine, Millimet & Branch, PA

Hillsborough South: 
Talesha Caynon 
Bernstein Shur

Marcia Brown 
NH Public Utilities Commission
Catherine P. McKay
Parnell & McKay, PLLC
Jeanine Kilgallen 
Shaheen & Gordon, PA

Out of State Liaison: 
Hannah Zaitlin 
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, PA

News and Events:
February 2013



Ever since she was announced as Yahoo!'s CEO, Marissa Mayer has been making headlines, largely for issues which are of concern to many women. 


I am sure you recall the widely reported stories about Ms. Mayer being named CEO of Yahoo! when she was five months pregnant, and the stories about her return to work after the birth of her first child following a brief two-week maternity leave.  This past week, Ms. Mayer made headlines when she ordered a Yahoo!-wide ban on telecommuting.  Reports of her decision and reactions to it have varied widely. 


According to Lisa Belkin, a Senior Columnist for The Huffington Post, "[w]hat others see as the future of the workplace, and what parents see as a most important tool for juggling home and work, Marissa Mayer apparently sees as disposable."   Meanwhile, Yahoo's HR Director, Jackie Reses reportedly told employees that "[s]peed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home...  We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."


Several attorneys, both male and female, have begun to take advantage of opportunities to either work a part-time or reduced schedule or to work from home in an effort to better manage their work-life balance.  People in all fields who work from home have decried Ms. Mayer's decision as a setback, antiquated, and as a fatal blow to people seeking some sort of work/life balance.  Others have defended the decision, pointing out that Yahoo! has a huge number of employees who work from home, several of whom are not productive and appear to be hiding under the radar.  As one insider noted: "A lot of people hid. There were all these employees [working remotely] and nobody knew they were still at Yahoo."  Arguably, people who tell their employer they are working from home while in reality, they are not fulfilling their work functions, are making it harder for every other worker to convince their employer that alternative working arrangements can be successful.


No matter your view on the stories coming out of Yahoo!, it appears that they will give us fodder for thought-provoking discussion for some time to come!


Best regards,

Holly J. Kilibarda, President

New Hampshire Women's Bar Association



Spotlight on our Member

Our spotlight this month is on our member, Colleen Karpinsky.  Colleen was recently named to the 40 Under 40 in New Hampshire.  Colleen is the Vice President for Talent and Legal at Dyn.  She was previously an associate at the McLane Law Firm and in-house counsel at Irving Oil Corporation.  Colleen's selection as one of the 40 Under 40 was made easy by the fact that she was nominated by nine different people from various industries.

At Dyn, Colleen is responsible for the company's legal and talent teams, bringing her human resources and legal background to ensure the company can attract and retain the best talent and continue to grow and foster good customer relationships.  A graduate of Saint Anselm College, she earned her law degree at the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, graduating as a member of the school's prestigious Woolsack Society for academic achievement.

While currently the Vice-Chair of the Manchester Young Professionals' Network, Colleen has also served as a Community Investment Volunteer for the Heritage United Way, a volunteer and mentor for Team in Training (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) and as a committee member for the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New Hampshire Workplace Initiative Against Domestic Violence.


When interviewed after her selection to the 40 Under 40, Colleen said,"[w]hen I graduated from Penn State, I was looking to return to the Northeast. My options were, go to Boston and sell my soul to a really large law firm, or go to Manchester where I had connections in the community ... where I could have a better opportunity for a work/life balance."  She explained, "I had developed a little bit of a network when I was in college, so I had some connections here that were important to me.  I felt like this was a place where I could come and live and be successful and happy."
Congratulations to Colleen on this honor.



Coming Soon: 

NHWBA's 15th Anniversary Membership Drive


In celebration of NHWBA's 15th Anniversary, Membership Drive postcards will be arriving in your mailboxes soon. We hope to increase our membership and inform more lawyers, judges and law students about our mission and about the exciting programs and events the NHWBA provides. We can use your help!  Recruit new members and be entered in our raffle.

Prizes include:

1st Prize: Free one-year NHWBA membership
2nd Prize: Voucher for a free NHWBA CLE or Event
3rd Prize: NHWBA Gift Basket

All individuals who join during our Membership Drive and current members who refer new members will be entered into the drawing. The drawing will take place at our 15th Anniversary Celebration on May 9, 2013 at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Please help NHWBA grow and flourish and invite some of your co-workers and friends to join!



NHWBA's 15th Anniversary Celebration

with Pam Berman, President of NCWBA


Our 15th Anniversary Celebration will be held May 9, 2013, at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. We are pleased to have Pam Berman, a shareholder at Adler Pollock & Sheehan in Boston and the President of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations, as an honored guest and speaker at the event.  Please plan to attend this celebration and consider becoming a sponsor of the event and/or our 16th Annual Fall Reception to be held in September, 2013.  Click here to review our Sponsorship brochure or contact Gretchen Pyles for more information. 




Several NHWBA Members Enjoyed

an Evening with Opera NH at the Palace Theatre


On February 20th, several members of NHWBA were treated to a taste
of opera.  We enjoyed Laurence Weissbrot's performance of three arias including a lively rendition of T
he Micado Song from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Micado.  We also were treated to a backstage tour by Peter Ramsey, the Executive Director of the Palace Theatre.  A special thanks to NHWBA member and Opera NH board member, Judith Bomster, for organizing the event.  It was a lovely evening.  

Opera NH will be presenting "The Marriage of Figaro" on March 3, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Manchester.  To purchase tickets, click here.
Upcoming NHWBA Events


Join us for a Membership Drive Networking Event After the NH Bar's Mid-Year Meeting


When:      Friday, March 8, 2013  
Time:       5:00 p.m.

Where:     JD's Tavern

               Radisson Hotel/Center of NH

               700 Elm Street

               Manchester, NH


Cost:        Dutch Treat


Join other NHWBA members and friends after the NH Bar Association's Mid-Year Meeting to connect and network.  Bring a friend who isn't a member of the NHWBA so they can learn about the benefits of membership.  We'll meet at JD's Tavern on the first floor of the Radisson.  Hope to see you then! 




Save the Date:  March 28, 2013

Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch:  

"Starting Out on Your Own - Tips and Tricks"


When:      Thursday, March 28, 2013 brown bag lunch  
Time:       12:00 p.m.

Where:     Ambrogi Law Office

               40 Stark Street

               Manchester, NH


Join NHWBA member, Sarah Ambrogi, in a candid discussion about the benefits and pitfalls of being a sole practitioner.  Pack a lunch and head over to Sarah's new office to share some tips and tricks of starting your own firm.




Save the Date:  April 5 and 6, 2013

Join us for Our 11th Annual

Work Stress Relief Clinic


When:     Friday, April 5, 2013 through Saturday, April 6, 2013  


Where:     The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls 

               312 Daniel Webster Highway

               Meredith, NH



Join us Friday, April 5, 2013 through Saturday, April 6, 2013 at

the inviting Inns & Spa at Mill Falls in Meredith, NH.  Prepare to pamper yourself while networking with fellow NHWBA members. The weekend includes a networking dinner on Friday evening, accommodations at the Inns at Mill Falls, a discount on spa services, and an informative program on Saturday afternoon.  Enjoy a weekend away with other NHWBA members and friends.




Friday, April 5, 2013


5:00 p.m. - Networking/Social Hour at Lago Costa Cucina


6:00 p.m. - Dinner at Lago Costa Cucina


Saturday, April 6, 2013


7:00 - 10:00 - Breakfast on your own at Church Landing or Mill Falls


12:00 - 1:15 - Buffet lunch and round table discussion led by Betsy Black - Take a Break: Building Space for Reflection, Recreation and Renewal. The tycoon J.P. Morgan did not know about work/life balance in his day, but he knew about the power of creativity in business. He said "I can do a year's work in 9 months, but not in 12." Observe how down time works (or doesn't) in your work and personal life. Learn from reflection, your peers and the latest research regarding the value of breaks large and small. You will leave this session with one or more techniques to easily make space for more space. Betsy will also lead us in a short yoga session.  


To register, click here.  For more information, contact NHWBA Executive Director, Gretchen Pyles, at Gretchen@nhwba.org.




Reserve a Seat at the Table for Eight 

with Judge Joseph N. Laplante


When:      Thursday, April 18, 2013  


Time:       6:00 p.m.


Where:     Firefly American Bistro & Bar

               22 Concord Street

               Manchester, NH


Cost:        Dutch Treat


Our featured mentor for the Table for Eight on April 18, 2013 is the Honorable Joseph N. Laplante of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.  Judge Laplante was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, attended Nashua High School, and went on to Georgetown University, earning an A.B. in American Studies in 1987 and his J.D. from Georgetown Law in 1990.  


After passing the New Hampshire bar exam, Judge Laplante joined the law firm of Wiggin & Nourie in Manchester and Nashua.  In 1993, Judge Laplante began his career in public service with the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, serving as an Attorney, then Assistant Attorney General and, ultimately, Senior Assistant Attorney General in A.G. Phillip McLaughlin's (then new) Homicide Unit. From 1998 to 2000, Judge Laplante worked with the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division in the Public Integrity Section as a member of the Campaign Financing Task Force.  In 2000, he became an Assistant United States Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. Two years later, Judge Laplante took a position in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Hampshire, primarily working on the New England Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and eventually serving as First Assistant United States Attorney. During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, Judge Laplante received the New Hampshire Bar Foundation's Robert Kirby Award, the Lt. Steven P. Demo Law Enforcement Award, the Boston Police Department Distinguished Service Award, the New England Narcotic Enforcement Officers' Association's "Billy Yout Memorial Award," several Congressional Law Enforcement Awards, and was named the state's top prosecutor by New Hampshire Magazine in 2003. Judge Laplante was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush and he became a United States District Judge for the District of New Hampshire on December 28, 2007.


Judge Laplante is a member of the Webster-Batchelder American Inn of Court.  He is also an advisory board member of the St. Paul's School Advanced Studies Program, a program that he attended as a student in 1982. Judge Laplante has served on the Nashua Region Board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (chairman 2006-08), the Nashua Police Athletic League and Youth Safe Haven (chairman 2003-08), and the St. Christopher School Advisory Board. He coordinates the youth wrestling program (K-8th grade) for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, and volunteers at the Corpus Christi Food Pantry. He is a boxing referee, licensed to officiate both professional and amateur bouts.


To register for the Table for Eight with Judge Laplante, click here.  If you have any questions about the Table for Eight program, please contact our Executive Director, Gretchen Pyles at Gretchen@nhwba.org.



Other News and Upcoming Events


Celebrate International Women's Day 

on March 8th


International Women's Day is celebrated around the globe on March 8th. Started in 1911, this day is an opportunity to reflect on the past struggles of women and to celebrate their accomplishments.  In 1975, the United Nations held its first official celebration of International Women's Day.  This year, the United Nation's theme for International Women's Day is "A promise is a promise:  Time for action to end violence against women."  On March 8th, the global community will connect to celebrate the achievements women have made and to inspire our local communities to do more to ensure true equality.  Join the women of the world in celebrating this important day. 




Plan to Attend the Gender Equality Breakfast at the NH Bar Association's Mid-Year Meeting


When:    Friday, March 8, 2013


Where:   Radisson Hotel/Center of NH

             700 Elm Street

             Manchester, NH


Cost:     $15


Register now for the NHBA Gender Equality Breakfast.  Evelyn Murphy, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and founder of The WAGE Project, Inc. a national, grassroots activist organization dedicated to eliminating the gender wage-gap, will be the featured speaker. She was a faculty member in the initial workshop of the GEC's Gender Equality Training Initiative, held this fall. Ms. Murphy, the first woman to serve in statewide office in the Bay State, is author of Getting Even: Why Women Don't Get Paid Like Men and What to Do About It, published by Simon and Schuster in 2005.


The recipient of the Philip S. Hollman Gender Equality Award will also be announced at the Breakfast.    


To register for the breakfast, click here.




Save the Date:  April 5, 2013

Campaign for Legal Services 

Kick-off Breakfast


When:    Friday, April 5, 2013 

Time:     7:30 a.m. - Registration
             8:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Program   

Where:   Bedford Village Inn 

             Route 101

             Bedford, NH


Cost:     $40 per person


Plan to attend the Campaign for Legal Services' Kick-off Breakfast on Friday, April 5, 2013.  Linda Greenhouse, a Reporter for the New York Times, who covered the Supreme Court from 1978 to 2008, will be the keynote speaker at the event.  Ms. Greenhouse is a Senior Research Scholar in Law, Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.  


Proceeds from this event benefit Legal Advice & Referral Center, New Hampshire Legal Assistance and New Hampshire Pro Bono Referral Program.


To purchase a ticket or for more information, e-mail Celina Hurley at churley@nhla.org or call 603-224-4107.




Save the Date:  April 11, 2013

New Hampshire Public Television's

2013 Women of Influence Luncheon


When:    Thursday, April 11, 2013

Where:   Bedford Village Inn

              Route 101

              Bedford, NH


Cost:      $50 per ticket


You are invited to attend a special event that highlights the accomplishments of women in New Hampshire.  The guest speaker will be Patricia de Stacy Harrison, who is the President of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Prior to joining CPB in 2005, Ms. Harrison served as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. A former entrepreneur, Ms. Harrison is a frequent speaker and writer on the subjects of leadership, communication strategy and constituency building.  She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 2008 Leadership Award from the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the U.S. Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award.  She also sits on the boards of the National Italian American Foundation, The American University in Rome, the Meridian International Center and IREX.


Ms. Harrison is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of Women and Girls Lead, an innovative public media initiative designed to focus, educate and connect women, girls and their allies across the globe to address the challenges of the 21st century.  In August 2012, she was included on the Forbes list of "Women Changing the World in Media" for establishing Women and Girls Lead and her continued leadership on the project.  Go to www.nhptv.org for more information.