New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
September 20, 2022

Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications | (603) 931-9375

Veteran DOJ Paralegal Recognized by New Hampshire Bar Association

nh bar association paralegal award winner laura maynardConcord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella is proud to congratulate Laura Maynard for being chosen as the recipient of the New Hampshire Bar Association's 2022 Paralegal Professionalism Award.

This annual award is presented by the Bar to the nominee statewide, "who best exhibits a high degree of professionalism: possesses an outstanding level of knowledge about their job; has motivation that exceeds expectations; is considered a role model for other paralegals; and promotes paralegal work as a profession."

The NHBA's award credits Ms. Maynard with demonstrating, "keen attention to detail and organization under the course of her lengthy career with the New Hampshire Department of Justice. She epitomizes dedication and dependability through her approach to her work. Laura's colleagues indicate that Laura's tireless commitment to her work, her willingness to help, and her kind and positive attitude make her a truly delightful person to work with. Laura's skills, work ethic, and attitude have been a positive asset to the New Hampshire Department of Justice for more than 30 years. This award represents a unique opportunity for the Bar Association to Recognize Laura and to thank her for her professionalism and support of the delivery of legal services in New Hampshire."

"Receiving this award has been an honor and a very humbling experience for me. I never thought that I would be told that I won such an award like this, and I am truly grateful," said Maynard. "My experience in working as a paralegal in the Environmental Protection Bureau has been so rewarding. I work with amazing people, and I love the work that we do in serving our clients and helping the citizens of the State of New Hampshire."

"Laura regularly communicates with members of the public on issues that are often emotional and personal. She never tires in trying to provide the best service she can. She exhibits the same attitude toward the many attorneys she helps each day," said Attorney General Formella. "Her skills, work ethic, and attitude have made her a truly incredible asset to the people's law firm for the past three decades."

Maynard started at the Attorney General's office on July 1, 1988, a week after graduating high school, at age 18, as an office receptionist. After less than a year, she was tapped to work as a legal secretary trainee and quickly worked her way up to Legal Assistant in the office's Civil Bureau. Laura would go on to work in the Civil Bureau for over 24 years. During her time there, she earned her certificate in paralegal studies. In November 2012 Laura started working in the office's Environmental Protection Bureau as a paralegal.

Maynard's colleagues in the Environmental Protection Bureau nominated Laura for the award. They say in her 32 years with the State, she has developed a reputation for being meticulous in her review of pleadings, discovery, court rules and orders of the court. They note that she takes initiative to solve problems and proactively improve processes, often by taking advantage of the latest tech. And, they add that Laura truly believes in the mission, to justly and fairly enforce laws to effect positive environmental outcomes.

"Laura's assistance is vital to our Bureau. No matter the request, Laura handles each task efficiently and agreeably," said Environmental Protection Bureau Chief K. Allen Brooks. "We are so grateful to work with Laura and are tremendously pleased that she is being recognized for exemplifying such a high level of dedication and professionalism."

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