The NHWBA is pleased to announce the selection of Attorney Catherine E. Shanelaris as the recipient of the 2018 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award. The Ricker Award honors an outstanding woman lawyer in New Hampshire who has achieved professional excellence and paved the way to success for other women lawyers, advanced opportunities for women in the profession, and/or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women. Attorney Shanelaris clearly exceeds all of these criteria.
Attorney Shanelaris was nominated for this award by seven different attorneys over multiple years. They wrote of her with clear warmth, appreciation, and admiration. She was described as "a pillar in the legal community", a "mentor for a multitude of female attorneys", and someone who has "achieved professional excellence and paved the way for the success of other women lawyers."
She is a founding member and partner at the successful all-female firm Shanelaris & Schirch in Nashua and has dedicated her career to children and families. She previously worked as the chief staff attorney for the NH Division of Child Support Services. She also serves or has served as a volunteer on many boards, from here at the NHWBA to the NH Trial Lawyers Association, the NHBA Board of Governors, the NHBA Pro Bono Governing Board, the NHBA Finance Committee, and the Nashua Bar Association Executive Committee.
Throughout her career, she has received many awards and accolades including the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor from the NHBA and the Ted Jordan Humanitarian Award from the Nashua Bar Association. She was also appointed to the Access to Justice Commission and the Commission on the NH Bar in the 21st Century by the NH Supreme Court. The Governor appointed her to the NH Board of Psychologists as its public board member. In addition, she is a NH Bar Foundation Fellow.
Attorney Shanelaris is well-deserving of this award, as, in the words of one of her many nominators, she "exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism, from integrity, good judgement, and civility to her deep and abiding dedication to the provision of free legal assistance to the vulnerable and needy."
Please save the date of Thursday, October 11th, 2018 for a night recognizing the achievements of Attorney Shanelaris and networking with our members and friends. The reception will be held at the Concord Country Club in Concord, New Hampshire from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Space is limited and tickets will be required. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. At the reception, a 50/50 raffle to support the McLaughlin Scholarship Fund will also be held. Please click here for more information about sponsoring the Fall Reception.