Emily Gray Rice currently serves as the City Solicitor for Manchester, New Hampshire, the state’s largest city, where she provides legal counsel and oversees all legal matters involving the City, including the prosecution of criminal matters and the City’s domestic violence prosecution unit. Previously, Ms. Rice served as the first woman appointed by the President to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. In this capacity, Ms. Rice served as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District, leading an office dedicated to prosecuting the full range of federal criminal offenses, defending the United States in civil actions, and collecting debts owed to the government. Before becoming U. S. Attorney, Ms. Rice enjoyed a long career as a trial lawyer and public servant, beginning with her tenure as a member of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office where she became a senior assistant attorney general and chief of the bureau of civil law. Ms. Rice has been extensively involved in New Hampshire’s civic life, co-chairing the Governor’s Judicial Selection Commission, founding and leading non-profit boards and fundraising efforts, including the Campaign for Legal Services, and advancing access to justice for all. She is intensely interested in workforce development and in confronting the burdens imposed on the people of New Hampshire by the opioid crisis. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, she was a member of the adjunct faculty at the UNH School of Law where she taught both pre-trial advocacy and trial advocacy. Ms. Rice has been recognized by the New Hampshire Bar Association with the Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism; by the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association with the Marilla Ricker Achievement Award; and by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation as an Honorary Fellow.
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