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July 18, 2013

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---- — Sen. Carson chosen as Henry Toll Fellow

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Sen. Sharon M. Carson, R-Londonderry, is one of 48 state policymakers from across the country selected as a Council of State Governments’ Henry Toll Fellow for the Class of 2013.

The 48 Toll Fellows in the Class of 2013 represent 35 states and Puerto Rico, with 35 serving in the legislative branch, four serving in the judiciary and nine hailing from the executive. A 13-member committee of state leaders, many who are Toll Fellows themselves, reviewed a record number of applications to select the class.

“Individually, these leaders have a proven track record of accomplishing great things; collectively they represent the future leadership of the states,” said David Adkins, CSG’s executive director/CEO.

The Toll Fellowship Program, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, Toll Fellows brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington for an intensive six-day, five-night “intellectual boot camp.”

“I applied to the Toll Fellowship program to learn new leadership skills that will help me to become a stronger and more effective leader so that I can better serve my constituents,” Carson said.

Carson said the kind of training provided by Toll Fellows is important for state leaders.

“Continued leadership training is an investment not only in an individual,” she said, “but also in your organization. We must continue to strive to be better, to seek out new ways to tackle problems that our states face every day.”

This year’s program will be held Aug. 16-21.

Londonderry man is Leadership NH grad

Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA shareholder David W. McGrath, a Londonderry resident, was among the 36 Leadership New Hampshire graduates for the 2013 class.

Graduates include established and emerging leaders from across the state with a wide range of backgrounds, professional skills, interests, geographical locations and age.

McGrath serves as chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department and also serves on the firm’s Management Committee. Since joining the firm in 1992, he has built a successful general commercial litigation and employment practice.

McGrath represents firm clients in state and federal courts, arbitration and administrative proceedings. He routinely handles trade secret, noncompetition, predatory hiring, fiduciary duty, discrimination and wage and hour cases. He also writes and lectures extensively on a variety of employment related topics.

McGrath is a certified mediator who serves in that role frequently for the state and federal courts, as well as the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights.

Founded in 1992, LNH is an intensive, nine-month educational program that engages New Hampshire citizens in discussions about the challenges and leadership opportunities across the state in order to enhance a network of effective and knowledgeable leaders. Participants meet monthly. More than 600 individuals have now completed the program.