Last week, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu announced the formation of the Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion as part of a larger initiative to strengthen the State’s commitment to enforcing civil rights laws. Gov Sununu appointed attorney Paul Phillips of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC to serve on the council.
Phillips serves as Chair of the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission. The advisory council will lead listening sessions around the state and present recommendations on how New Hampshire can improve on issues regarding race, gender, age, and disability.
According to Governor Sununu, the council is necessary and long overdue. "We are the Live Free Or Die state," Sununu said. "If we really want to live by those words – 'live free or die' – we must ensure that New Hampshire is a place where every person, regardless of their background, has an equal and full opportunity to pursue their dreams and to make a better life for themselves and their families.”
Gary Karnedy, Managing Shareholder for Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, welcomed the appointment of Phillips to the advisory council. “Paul Phillips is an exceptional attorney,” said Karnedy. “I am thrilled to see that he is continuing to share his knowledge and talent on the critical issues of diversity and inclusion with the communities where he lives and works.”
Phillips was first appointed to the Human Rights Commission in 2014 and became its Chair in 2015. In addition to the Chair of the Human Rights Commission, the new advisory council will bring together the Commissioners of Public Safety, Education, Labor, Health & Human Services, and Administrative Services, as well as the Chancellor of the University System, along with local officials and members of the public. Rogers Johnson, director of the NAACP in New Hampshire, will chair the new council.
“The advisory council offers an opportunity to expand on the work I’ve done with the Human Rights Commission,” Phillips said. “I look forward to hearing from Granite Staters about their experiences and finding ways to improve life for residents and visitors here in New Hampshire.”
About Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer PC
Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC is a New England-based law firm focused on meeting the legal needs of businesses, institutions, and organizations throughout the region and across state or national borders. The firm offers deep expertise in a wide range of legal services in all seven of its offices located in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, DC. To learn more visit www.primmer.com.
About Attorney Paul Phillips
Attorney Paul Phillips represents clients in highly regulated entities in the financial and utility sectors. He specializes in corporate, energy utility, and communications law, and government relations. In addition to his practice, Attorney Paul Phillips has spent nearly 20 years serving New Hampshire and Vermont. To learn more about Attorney Paul Phillips visit https://www.primmer.com/paul-j-phillips.html.