Judith is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and served as a Director of the New Hampshire NAELA Chapter from 2010-2013. She served as Chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Ethics Committee from 2015-1016, and as Vice-Chair of the Committee from 2014-2015. She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Trust and Estate section, and the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council. Judith also is a graduate of the Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2013.
Judith participates as an affiliate member of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), a national, invitation-only network of lawyers dedicated to Disability and Public Benefits Law. She also serves on the SNA publication committee. Her training and affiliation with special needs trust planners enables her to assist clients in planning for the future care of individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities by tailoring estate plans and public benefits eligibility to ensure long-term financial security for their loved ones.
Judith independently has authored, and co-authored, with her law partner, Ann N. Butenhof, various publications including (a) the “Special Needs Trusts” chapter in the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education New England publication “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in New Hampshire”, published August 2012; (b) New Hampshire Bar News articles including “Military Survivor Benefits and Special Needs Trusts” published March, 2016; “Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injury: Personal Injury Consideration for People with Disabilities” published August, 2015; and “A New Tool to En”ABLE” Independence for Persons with Disabilities, published March, 2015, and national circulars listed on the site articles page.
Judith has a history of lecturing in the area of Estates, Trusts and Special Needs Trusts, through Continuing Legal Education programs with the NH Bar Association and NH School of Law, and private affiliations and local organizations including Boston Tax Institute-NH Society of CPA’s, TD Bank, Alzheimer’s Association, NH Area Agencies, NH Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and others, exhibiting her dedication to educating people on the benefits of proper estate planning.
Judith received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhode Island College in 1992, and in 2000 she earned her J. D. from UNH School of Law (f/k/a Franklin Pierce Law Center), graduating fourth in her class (magna cum laude). After graduation she was an associate with the law firm of Adler Pollock & Sheehan, PC from 2000-2004, practicing in the area of corporate law with a concentration in advising clients on public company disclosures and mergers and acquisitions. While at UNH School of Law, Judith interned as a clerk with the New Hampshire Supreme Court and as a student attorney with the New Hampshire Appellate Defender’s Office. She is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and the U. S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.