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About the New Hampshire Bar Association

The New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA) is a non-profit, court-mandated organization. As a unified bar, all attorneys licensed to practice in the state, and NH judges must belong to the NHBA and pay annual dues.

Association Purposes & Structure
The NHBA purposes and structure are outlined in detailed in our Constitution and ByLaws. In fulfilling its stated purposes, the Bar's programs and activities are designed to serve the needs and interests of the membership, the public and the administration of justice.

The NHBA conducts two membership meetings each year--a Midyear Membership Meeting in January, February or March and the Annual Meeting in June. The "Bar year" runs from July 1 through June 30; the Fiscal Year is June 1 - May 31. In addition, the NHBA-CLE department presents over 70 continuing legal education programs each year at various venues and in various formats around the state.

As a member service, the NHBA publishes the New Hampshire Bar News, a monthly newspaper featuring important information from the New Hampshire Court System as well as articles on current legal issues and news about Association services and activities. Also published by the Association, on a quarterly basis, the New Hampshire Bar Journal features in-depth analysis of important developments and issues in the law.

History of Bar Structure
1873 Association incorporated as "The Bar Association of the State of New Hampshire" 
1967 Association petitions Legislature to amend acts of incorporation to change name to "New Hampshire Bar Association" 
1968 New Hampshire Supreme Court unifies bar for a three-year trial period 
1972 New Hampshire Supreme Court decrees unification "be continued without limitation of time, under the court's continuing jurisdiction"
Constitution and Bylaws of the New Hampshire Bar Association
Governance
An elected Board of Governors which meets monthly governs the Association. The Board is responsible for adoption of a budget prior to the start of each fiscal year (June 1-May 31). The budget is developed by the Finance Committee, which is composed of Association members and chaired by the President-Elect. Active members from around the state vote for officers and governors-at-large, with active members in each county electing their county representative. Nominations are made by March 1; voting takes place between April 1 and April 15. The Board of Governors is composed of six officers, eleven county governors and 5 governors-at-large (no more than three of whom may come from the same county) and an at-large governor representing the public sector. The officers serve one-year terms; the county governors serve two-year terms and the governors-at-large serve three-year terms. No member of the Board receives compensation for services rendered in connection with the performance of Board duties.
Admission to the Bar
Admission to the New Hampshire Bar Association is administered by the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Necessary forms and instructions for applying for admission to the Bar, including the admission by motion process created under amended Supreme Court Rule 42, are available on the Court's website.

The New Hampshire Bar Examination is administered twice yearly ~ in February and July with the specific dates and locations varying each year. The examination is administered over the course of two consecutive days. Both parts must be taken at a single administration of the Bar Examination in New Hampshire.

For a more detailed description of the examination, please visit the NH Judicial Branch website.

Learn about the admission requirements in the six New England states.
 
Bar Membership Meetings
UPCOMING MEETINGS
2015 Midyear Membership Meeting
February 27, 2015
Radisson Hotel/Center of NH in Manchester
 
2015 Annual Meeting
June 19, 2015
Portsmouth Sheraton
 

PAST MEETINGS
2014 Annual Meeting
The 2014 NHBA Annual Meeting was held June 20-21 at the Portsmouth Sheraton. Read about the Annual Meeting award winners.
 
2014 Midyear Membership Meeting
See pictures from the 2014 Midyear Meeting held on March 7 at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH in Manchester.

For information about the membership meetings, please e-mail NHBAinfo@nhbar.org or call 603-224-6942.
 
Law Student Advantage
The Law Student Advantage is a package of New Hampshire Bar Association services created especially for law school students interested in practicing law in New Hampshire.

Learn more.
 
Member Statistics

Current as of 7/2014 In State Out-of-State Total
Active
3429
1750
5179
Honorary Active
55
8
63
Military Active
3
29
32
Pro Bono Active
5
0
5
TOTAL ACTIVE STATUS
3492
1787
5279
 
Inactive
416
1184
1600
Honorary Inactive
70
39
109
Inactive Retired
255
211
466
Military Inactive
1
5
6
TOTAL INACTIVE STATUS
742
1439
2181
 
GRAND TOTALS
4234
3226
7460

 
NHBA Leadership Academy
The NH Bar Association's Leadership Academy aims to identify, inspire and train emerging leaders of the legal profession in New Hampshire.

Learn more about the Leadership Academy.
 
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