May 28, 2004, MANCHESTER, NH Ã¢â‚¬â€ Jack B. Middleton, a senior partner of McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A. has been honored with the Frank Rowe Kenison award for his exemplary work and substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire Citizens. The honor was bestowed by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation at its annual dinner last evening.
Jack is the first attorney in private practice to receive this high honor.
An esteemed trial lawyer for more than forty years, Jack has also given tirelessly to a number of civic organizations, including holding Board positions with the United Way and New Hampshire Public Television.
Among his professional accomplishments, Middleton was among the pioneers of the IOLTA (“Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts”) program in New Hampshire. IOLTA is a national program through which lawyers serving as trustees on behalf of clients donate interest earned on the trusts they oversee to a centralized fund. That fund, in turn, sponsors grants that support the delivery of legal services to the poor through both staffed legal services programs and bar association-sponsored pro bono programs.
As one of the driving forces to make New Hampshire the second state in the nation to adopt the IOLTA program, Middleton proved to be a visionary in the crossroads between the practice of law and social responsibility.
Jack has been recognized in the 1999-2000 edition of Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of business litigation and personal injury litigation and was named the New Hampshire Business Leader of the Year by NH Magazine in 2002. He was twice awarded the President’s Award for Special Service by the NH Bar Association, he received the NH Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America, and has been named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.