The Hippo


Jul 21, 2019








George Moore

 What are you into right now?

I’ve certainly been very interested in the method by which Congress is operating these days. I’ve been reading everything I can find of historical basis for Congress pushing back against the president.

A new side of the law
Veteran lawyer takes the helm of state bar association


 The New Hampshire Bar Association appointed George Moore as executive director of the organization. Moore has practiced law for 40 years and was most recently a shareholder at Devine Millimet in Manchester, which he joined in 1977. He was previously president of both the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New England Bar Association. 

Why did you decide to leave private practice after 40 years on the job?
It’s really goes back to why I became a lawyer. I went to law school to earn a living, but also to do something for the public good. It turned out that I spent most of my career in private practice, but I belong to a lot of organizations that provide services to the poor. This is an opportunity to do that full-time. 
Why did you pursue law as a career?
In the small town I grew up in, lawyers in the county seat were important people and could change people’s lives. People came to lawyers because they had something really wrong in their lives. … I went to law school with a view of being able to be a positive force helping people get through difficulties, which is pretty much true for what my practice turned out to be and the hundreds of cases I’ve overseen.
What do you think will be the most interesting and challenging aspects of your new role?
The New Hampshire Bar Association is a mandatory organization in the sense that in order to practice law in New Hampshire, you need to be a member. We have about 8,000 members. By being a unified bar, there are programs we can run that people contribute to through dues. The challenge is making sure those dollars are spent wisely and as efficiently as possible. The bar has a whole division that provides legal service to people of limited means through a pro bono system. … Another focus of the association is to improve the lives and careers of lawyers and provide them with continued education and technology for their offices. It’s a complex organization, and overseeing all these different programs is going to be both a challenge and a lot of fun. 
How does the New Hampshire Bar Association impact New Hampshire citizens?
Becoming a member of the bar is really a public calling to do good through your knowledge of the law and help people who need resolution of conflict. The citizens of New Hampshire benefit from a competent bar association, because that means the state’s lawyers know what they’re doing. … First and foremost, in the low-income spectrum, the bar organizes a pro bono program so private practitioners give a certain amount of their time each year to represent people who couldn’t otherwise afford a lawyer. Whatever the issue is, many citizens end up getting a lawyer for nothing or a sharply reduced fee. … We provide continued legal education for our members. We host dozens of programs every year to keep lawyers up to date on case law so they can better represent folks. … We have a dispute resolution function, where people who aren’t happy with a lawyer’s services can come to the association so we can determine whether the fee charges were reasonable. We also have a citizen helpline where people can call in and get a referral to the type of lawyer they need.
In reading your bio, something that caught my eye was the fact you attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. What led you to attend the school? 
The candid story is that in the late ’90s, I’d just gone through a divorce, and I decided to do something for myself and take a leave of absence. So after practicing law for about 20 years, a colleague and I went to Paris, got an apartment at the Hôtel Lévêque and enrolled in some courses for about four months. … It’s a great, intense school for dedicated chefs, not for people who want to have a couple glasses of wine and talk about how you can make a veal stew. I didn’t take the whole diploma program since I wasn’t going to become a full-time chef, but it was a good way to get out of the routine of my regular day job and learn something new. It’s not something I call on all the time, but it was a great experience, and I still love to cook. 
— Scott Murphy 

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