THREE RISING STARS HONOREES ANSWER
Justice Sandra Day
O’Connor and Justice
David Hackett Souter.
Justice O’Connor has always been
someone that I have admired. One of
my special interests as president of
the Women’s Bar Association in New
Hampshire was conducting research
and publication on gender diversity
demographics and judging. I would like
to take Sandra Day O’Connor to lunch to
discuss the explicit and implicit biases she
encountered throughout her career.
Practicing law in New Hampshire,
Justice Souter has always been somewhat
of an enigma to me. The immense respect
from his peers and stories that I’ve heard
about him as a person, how he decided
cases and the thought and care that he
placed on each case—realizing at the end
of the day, whatever decision that is made
is going to affect someone’s life—he really
embodied the humanity of the law. And I’d
like to talk with him about his pragmatic
New Hampshire Yankee upbringing, which
I think is probably similar to my own.
HOLLY B. HAINES / ATTORNEY, ABRAMSON,
BROWN & DUGAN; MANCHESTER, NH;
PERSONAL INJURY - MEDICAL MALPRACTICE:
Justice Breyer at
my favorite Boston
haunt—since I know
he is from Boston—
I have always admired his practical
yet principled approach. I would ask
him what lessons he [would] teach a
young lawyer about appellate advocacy.
How does one aggressively advocate
on behalf of their client and maintain
credibility with the court?
PAUL J. GREENE / ATTORNEY AND
FOUNDER, GLOBAL SPORTS ADVOCATES;
PORTLAND, MAINE; ENTERTAINMENT &
I would end up taking
Justice Breyer to
lunch [to talk about]
He seems to have the best grasp of
some of the public policy and other issues
facing applicants for patents, as well as
those trying to enforce their rights under
the patent laws.
Statistically the court has taken a
significantly larger number of patent cases
in the past decade than in the past two. It’d
be really interesting to know why the court
has decided to be a little more active in
this area. It really comes down to the court
deciding that the parties have made a
pretty convincing case that for either public
policy or economic reasons the Supreme
Court needs to step in. I think Justice
Breyer would be able to talk about how
that decision process is being made, and
why it’s being made.
I’d probably take him to one of our
many Vermont farm-to-table restaurants.
Here in Montpelier we have a restaurant
called Kismet, which is fantastic.
JUSTIN MCCABE / ATTORNEY, DUNKIEL
SAUNDERS ELLIOTT RAUBVOGEL & HAND;
BURLINGTON; INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
WHICH U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WOULD YOU
TAKE TO LUNCH AND WHERE? AS TOLD TO JESSICA TAM