Linda Dalianis, N.H.’s first female chief justice, to retire April 1

  • Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Linda Dalianis is acknowledged by the crowd during a gala honoring the first 100 years of women lawyers in New Hampshire at the Grappone Center in Concord on Thursday evening, June 1, 2017. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

Associated Press
Friday, November 10, 2017

New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis – the first woman to sit on the state’s highest court and serve as chief justice – says she’s retiring next year.

The state Constitution requires judges to retire at age 70. Dalianis reaches that age next October; her retirement is effective April 1, 2018.

She made her announcement Wednesday night at a Nashua Bar Association dinner, where she received a lifetime achievement award.

Dalianis became the first female to serve as chief justice, starting in 2010. She also was the first woman to sit on the high court after being nominated in 2000. Dalianis also served for almost 20 years on the superior court bench, as an associate justice and as chief justice, both firsts.

It will be up to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to nominate her successor.

Sununu thanked Dalianis for her service and called her “a trailblazer and a giant within the New Hampshire and national legal communities.”

“She has opened doors for women across this state and the nation who aspire to reach the highest levels of the legal profession,” Sununu said in a statement. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with her over the past year, and I know that she will be sorely missed by her colleagues within the Judicial Branch and the entire legal profession.”

Sununu’s first nominee for the high court, Anna Barbara “Bobbie” Hantz Marconi, was confirmed in June.