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Colby College Trustee Emeritus Richard Uchida ’79, former vice chair of the Colby College Board of Trustees and currently partner at the law firm Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, LLP, has been named vice president, general counsel, and secretary of the college, effective July 15, 2017.

Long recognized as a preeminent attorney in real estate law and commercial litigation, Uchida is a national leader on issues of legal ethics, professional conduct, and governance. In this multifaceted role on the president’s leadership team at Colby, Uchida will be the primary liaison to the Colby College Board of Trustees and other governing groups.

“I was fortunate to get to know Richard through his role on the board, and I was consistently impressed by his deep knowledge, nuanced perspective, and unwavering commitment to the College’s mission,” said Colby President David A. Greene. “At a time when the College is involved in complex real estate transactions and encountering dramatic shifts in the federal regulatory environment, we will benefit from his wise counsel.”

Uchida’s service to his profession spans several decades and includes important work on issues of diversity and access to justice. He has served as president of the New Hampshire Bar Association and as a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee. He has served as an adjunct professor and former trustee at UNH School of Law, a member of the New Hampshire Judicial Council, and co-chair of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. He also chairs the board of trustees of the Capitol Center for the Arts and is a much sought-after lecturer. He served on the Colby College Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2016. In 2014 he received a Colby Brick Award for outstanding loyalty and consistent service to the College.

“I have been blessed by my association with Colby, and particularly my Colby education,” Uchida said. “I’ve always felt this compelling force inside to give back to the institution. These are exciting times for the College, and to be able to provide leadership wherever it’s needed is a remarkable opportunity for me.”

Over his 30-year legal career, Uchida has received several awards, including the Bar Association’s 2009 Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor and the 1998 Award for Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession. In 2012 he was named honorary fellow of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Uchida remains the only attorney who has received the New Hampshire Construction Industry Ethics Award, and he was named lawyer of the year in Merrimack County in 2001.