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Jan. 9 - Governor Hassan Announces Legal Counsel Lucy Hodder to Become Director of Health Law and Policy Programs and Professor of Law at UNH.

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For Immediate Release
January 9, 2015

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Governor Hassan Announces Legal Counsel Lucy Hodder to Become Director of Health Law and Policy Programs and Professor of Law at UNH
Governor also Names Mary Ann Dempsey as Legal Counsel, Announces Other Staff Changes

CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan today announced the departure of Legal Counsel Lucy C. Hodder of Hopkinton, who will be leaving the Governor’s Office to become the Director of Health Law and Policy Programs and Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Hodder agreed to stay with the Governor’s Office through Governor Hassan’s budget proposal.

“Lucy Hodder is a dedicated advocate for the people of New Hampshire, and I am incredibly lucky to have had her serve as my legal counsel for the past two years,” Governor Hassan said. “Her talent and expertise in health law were critical to the passage and implementation of our historic, bipartisan health care expansion plan, and the University of New Hampshire could not have picked a better person to develop its health law and policy program at the law school. Lucy's efforts will have a long-lasting positive impact on the health and well-being of Granite Staters, and I cannot thank her enough for everything that she has done for the people of New Hampshire throughout her career.”

“We will deeply miss Lucy in the Governor’s Office,” Governor Hassan said. 

For more information on Lucy Hodder’s new position as Director of Health Law and Policy Programs and Professor of Law at the UNH, visit http://www.unh.edu/news/releases/2014/12/em09unhlaw.cfm.

Governor Hassan also today announced Hodder’s replacement, Mary Ann Dempsey of Merrimack, who currently serves as Senior Assistant Attorney General and the Civil Bureau Chief in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

“I am very excited to announce Mary Ann Dempsey as my next legal counsel,” Governor Hassan said. “Mary Ann has a broad range of experience as Civil Bureau Chief in the Attorney General’s Office, as well as in private practice managing complex civil litigation on a variety of issues, and her skill and experience will help us as we continue to address our challenges to keep New Hampshire moving in the right direction.”

Since 2012, Dempsey has served as the Civil Bureau Chief in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, where she has overseen a team of attorneys who represent the 115 state agencies and boards on all legal matters, led in complex civil litigation, and acted as a liaison to the Governor’s Office and the Legislature. She is also currently a Senior Assistant Attorney General. 

Prior to her service in the Attorney General’s Office, Dempsey worked at the private firm Wiggin & Nourie, P.A. in Manchester for 12 years, with a focus on insurance coverage, insurance defense, appellate, and commercial litigation. She was also the lead trial attorney in civil jury trials and arbitrations. 

From 1997 – 1999, Dempsey served as a law clerk and senior law clerk in the New Hampshire Superior Court. She received her undergraduate degree from Clark University and her law degree from Boston College Law School.

In addition to the transition at legal counsel, Governor Hassan also named her current Policy and Legislative Director Chris Kennedy of Manchester as Deputy Chief of Staff. Kennedy will continue to serve as Legislative Director. 

Governor Hassan also announced that her Assistant Policy Director, Amy Kennedy of Concord, will take over as Policy Director.

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