TLN-06.11Q&A with N.H. Superior Court Chief Justice Hon. Tina L. Nadeau  

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, Leadership Seacoast is launching Leadership Seacoast Grad school, a three-session interactive experiential program only available to Leadership Seacoast alumni.

Our first session, to be held November 6, 2014, features topic expert Chief Justice Nadeau. We spoke with her to get an inside view of her day-to-day responsibilities and her opinion of the most pressing issues facing New Hampshire today.

Q: What does a typical day at the office look like for you?

A: There really isn’t a typical day. It varies greatly. I spend a great deal of time in out of the office at various engagements and commitments including administrative council meetings; testimony at legislative hearings; brown bag lunches; court facilities or judicial council meetings; citizen’s advisory board to the Department of Corrections; regional and national conferences on issues related to court practice; clerks’ and judges’ meetings.

In addition, I sit in the larger courts one or two days per month, conduct performance reviews of the clerks, manage personnel matters, participate in court meetings, organize educational opportunities for the judges, train new judges, and respond to press inquiries.

I am also currently spearheading an effort to stream line the manner in which felony cases proceed through the system. I often attend New Hampshire Bar Association dinners and meet with bar leaders to ensure good relationships with the court and the attorneys. I promote the development of drug and mental health courts around the state. I am a member of the board of directors to the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Q: We’re celebrating 25 years at Leadership Seacoast. What changes in the region have surprised you most in that time?

A: I guess the biggest change I’ve seen in the region in the past 25 years is the explosion of heroin addiction.  I also think that it’s becoming increasing clear to leaders across the country that the war on drugs has done little to stem the tide of abuse and it’s time to consider other ways of addressing addiction. 

Q: What is something of regional concern that people should be watching going forward?

A: Related to the above, I believe people should be concerned about how best to address drug addiction so that we reduce the likelihood that individuals with addiction reoffend.  We need courageous leaders to read about and understand evidence based practices in the criminal justice system, and to be unafraid to support them.

To learn more about criminal justice and the environment in New Hampshire and your community, attend the Leadership Seacoast Grad School. The November 6th session will include presentations and interactive conversations with topical experts on Criminal Justice, Education, Arts and Culture, and Health and Human Services.

The program begins promptly at 8:00am and will be held at Seacoast Media Group 111 New Hampshire Avenue, Portsmouth. Following the program, attendees will have an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Seacoast Media Group from Executive Editor Howard Altschiller.

Cost to attend is $25. Register today!