THE COUNTY ATTORNEY
DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION (NDAA)
to serve as the State Director for New Hampshire on
the Board of the National District Attorney’s
Association (NDAA) by the NH County Attorneys
Association in 2001. Jim was then nominated by
then-President Paul Walsh to be a Vice President of
the NDAA and was elected to that position by the
Board members at the Summer convention held in
Portland, Maine. President Paul Logli asked Jim to
be the Treasurer to fill a coming vacancy and Jim
was elected Treasurer by the Board at the Summer
Convention in Sante Fe, NM in July of 2006.
Re-elected as Treasurer for his 3rd term by the Board of Directors at
the Summer Conference in Tucson, AZ on July 11,
to the U.S. Attorney General’s Executive Working
Group (EWG) by President Paul Logli and met with the
U.S. Attorney General and his senior staff 3 times a
year at the Department of Justice to discuss issues
facing law enforcement at all levels of government.
Jim did a presentation to the EWG concerning
come to Washington to brief the Staff of the House
Committee on Energy and Commerce about the
prosecution of “cyber-crime”, particularly internet
crimes against children in preparation for House
Hearings held in April of 2006.
the Science and Technology Committee of the NDAA.
- Elected President of the National District
Attorney's Association at the Summer convention held
in Napa Valley, California.
CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE (ICAC)
help develop an Investigators course for the
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force,
Training and Technical Assistance Division. Since
that time he has been asked to help develop other
courses for the Task Force. He now teaches the legal
block for the various courses to investigators
around the country.
join the Legal Committee of the Task Force to
formulate legal policy for the Task Force.
of the seacoast of New Hampshire since 1972. Jim
was born and raised in Nebraska. His father was a
small businessman, owning businesses, generally
related to the construction industry. As a result
of his father’s construction career, his family
lived in the jungle of Liberia, Africa over 6 months
in 1956. His mother worked as a secretary until her
retirement in the 1980's.
Father was a fighter pilot in WWII flying P-47
Thunderbolt’s. Jim’s father served in the Italian
campaign in 1944-45 conducting ground support and
bombing runs in the Alps. His father was in the
Panama Canal on his way to the invasion of Japan
when the war ended.
the US Navy from 1968 until Honorably Discharged in
1971. After attending Radar “A” school in San
Francisco, Jim was transferred to the Myles C. Fox
(DD-829), a destroyer in Newport, RI. As a Radarman,
Jim was assigned to the Combat Information Center (CIC,
the ships equivalent of a “war room”) on the
destroyer and commanded a CIC watch section as a
Third Class Petty Officer. Jim was underway on the
ocean 50% of the two+ years that he was assigned to
the Destroyer. He made a “Middle East” cruise
(Africa, Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf) and a
“Unitas” cruise ( around South America and through
the Panama Canal). He also made many short cruises
around the Atlantic and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
way through college with the help of the G.I. Bill
graduating from University of New Hampshire in 1974,
with a double major in Political Science and
Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, NH graduating
the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office during his 3rd
year of law school (1976-77) as an intern, and was
offered a job upon graduation as the sole Assistant
County Attorney. At that time, the Assistant County
Attorney was a full time position and Carleton
Eldredge, the County Attorney was still part time.
During his tenure as Assistant County Attorney, Jim
ran the office on a day-to-day basis. Jim
prosecuted the first batch of the 1600+ “Seabrook
Protest” jury trials. Jim won the cases that set the
precedent for the remainder of the Seabrook
prosecutions. His winning of the legal issue of the
use of the “competing harms” defense, assured the
began private practice in the Exeter area and
remained in private practice in the Exeter-Hampton
area for the past 20 years.
the creation of the current Public Defender program,
lawyers were appointed by the Court to represent
defendants accused of murder only if the judges were
confident that the lawyers had significant criminal
jury trial experience, and could competently handle
a murder trial. Jim was appointed by the
Superior Court to represent criminal defendants in a
number of homicide cases. Three of those cases went
all the way to jury verdicts and two included
appeals to the NH Supreme Court. Jim was Co-Counsel
for Joseph Lister, the defendant in a case that was
the first murder case in New Hampshire history to be
tried (“in absentia”) after escaping from the prison
during the trial. Jim has represented
individuals and institutions, banks and hospitals
among them, in their litigation in the New Hampshire
Courts. Jim was hired to help a number of local
banks to attempt to collect on their defaulted
loans, and clean up their commercial lending
Janis C. Reams in 1990. Janis is Vice President of
Commercial Lending for Centrix Bank in
children, Jackson, an attorney in private practice
in Washington, D.C. and Ashleigh, a graduate of
Keene State College and employed at the Keene
Chairman of the Board of the Seacoast Chapter of the
American Red Cross and a member of the Board of
Directors for a number of years.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Exeter Area
Chamber of Commerce. Jim have served on the
Business Development Committee of the Chamber and
wrote the articles on the legislature for the
served on many other boards, municipal and civic
over the years, such as the Exeter Historic District
Commission and N.H. Legal Assistance.
Of Court. The Inns of Court movement was
started in America after former Chief Justice Warren
Burger visited the Inns of Court in London. The
American Inns of Court strive to teach new lawyers
civility, excellence and ethics. There are now over
250 Inns in America, including 4 in New Hampshire.
founding member of the Daniel Webster Inn in
Manchester and Chairman of the Membership
Committee. When the Daniel Webster Inn became
successful, Jim helped found the Charles C. Doe Inn
of Court here in the seacoast. The Charles C. Doe
Inn now has almost 80 judges and lawyers as members.
American Board of Trial Advocates. Charter
member of the New Hampshire chapter. ABOTA is
dedicated to preserving the Sixth Amendment right to
a jury trial. Membership is by invitation only and
is available only to Plaintiff’s and Defense
attorneys who have significant trial experience.
Bar Association. Elected to serve on the Board
of Governors of the Bar Association for 10 years;
two terms representing Rockingham County and one
term at large, representing the entire state.