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Press Release

For Immediate Release
December 19, 2013

Communications Office

Governor Hassan to Nominate Three Superior Court, Two Circuit Court Judges

CONCORD - As part of her efforts to ensure a fair, just and effective judicial system, Governor Maggie Hassan today announced three nominees to serve as judges on the New Hampshire Superior Court and two nominees to serve on the Circuit Court.

The Governor has nominated David A. Anderson of Portsmouth, Lawrence A. MacLeod, Jr. of Lebanon, and Charles S. Temple of Concord to serve on the Superior Court and David S. Forrest of Temple and Elizabeth M. Leonard of Concord to serve on the Circuit Court. The nominees were recommended by the Governor’s Judicial Selection Commission, a bipartisan panel established by Governor Hassan to advise her on judicial nominations by broadly seeking judicial candidates, evaluating all potential applicants and recommending qualified applicants based on experience, good character and judicial temperament.

“Identifying highly qualified judges with the utmost experience, character and integrity is essential for ensuring an effective, fair and transparent judicial system,” Governor Hassan said. “These five candidates have each proven throughout their careers that they have the temperament and experience required to serve as excellent judges, and I thank them for accepting this great responsibility on behalf of the people of New Hampshire.”

  • David A. Anderson has served from 2009 through 2013 as the partner-in-charge of the Portsmouth Office for the Pierce Atwood LLP law firm, where he has practiced since 2001, specializing in commercial litigation arising out of a range of business-related matters. Prior to Pierce Atwood, Anderson practiced at the law firm of Foley Hoag in Boston, where he also tried several criminal jury trials at the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office as part of a program which placed associates in prosecutors’ offices. Anderson previously served as a law clerk for Judge Melvin Brunetti on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit following law school. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from Yale College and his law degree from the Boston College School of Law, where he served as an Executive Editor of the Law Review.
  • Lawrence A. MacLeod, Jr., currently serves as a judge in the Grafton County Circuit Court, District and Family Divisions. Prior to joining the bench in 2002, MacLeod operated his own law practice where he focused on civil and criminal litigation, real estate and related transactional work, and family law. MacLeod has also participated in developing programs to address the unique challenges faced by pro se litigants. His court has established a successful mediation program for small claims litigants, he helped found a mental health court in 2012 and he has participated in establishing a youth court as an alternative diversion program for juvenile offenders. He received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
  • Charles S. Temple is currently a law professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the Director of its Criminal Practice Clinic. Temple began his career with the Perkins and Upshall law firm in Concord in 1985, where his practice included federal and state criminal litigation, civil litigation and administrative hearings before New Hampshire state agencies. He is currently chair of the state’s Public Employee Labor Relations Board. Temple is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and received his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
  • David S. Forrest currently serves as a Judicial Referee in the Circuit Court for the 8th Circuit, Family Division, in Keene, where he handles a wide range of matters including divorce, parenting cases, paternity and child support cases, and domestic violence matters. Forrest previously served as a Marital Master in the Superior Court in Hillsborough, Sullivan and Cheshire counties from 2004 to 2012, where he was highly respected for his knowledge of family law, his handling of litigants and his well-reasoned and well-written orders. As a result of the legislation creating the Circuit Court, he could not be re-appointed as a Marital Master following the end of his final term in 2012, and he was subsequently invited to serve as a judicial referee. Forrest received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the Western New England College School of Law.
  • Elizabeth M. Leonard has a wide and varied private practice career, focused on representing businesses, individuals and families in numerous complex cases. She currently practices at the law firm of McDowell & Osburn after previously serving as a partner of the former Wiggin & Nourie law firm. She has tried numerous jury and non-jury civil cases as well as many bench trials in probate court, and is committed to pro bono work, including currently serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Leonard received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and her law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

All five nominations are subject to Executive Council approval and will be formally submitted to the Council at Friday’s meeting.