How to Obtain Answers
Bar's Ethics Committee Provides Guidance
ATTORNEYS WITH VEXING questions on the interpretation of their obligations regarding ethics or professional conduct can seek answers through the Bar's Ethics Committee. The Committee regularly publishes opinions, either as responses to fact-specific inquiries or as more general discussions of issues through "Practical Ethics" opinions in Bar News. The complete library of past opinions, and a list of opinion titles, is available on the Ethics Opions & Practical Ethics Articles page.
The following is a series of commonly asked questions about the Ethics Committee:
How can I request an opinion from the Ethics Committee?
Requests for opinions should be in the form of a written hypothetical. Send requests via e-mail to the Staff Liaison to the Ethics Committee Rosemarie Atwood or to
NH Bar Association
ATTN: Rosemarie Atwood
2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300
Concord, NH 03301.
Members are encouraged to visit the website first to see if there is an opinion on point before requesting an opinion from the committee.
Is the index of opinions up to date on the web?
Yes. The index includes titles of all opinions to date, including Practical Ethics Opinions.
If an inquiry is made, when can a response be expected? A response generally can take 2-3 months; sometimes less, sometimes more depending on the complexity of the issues involved. The committee member assigned to draft an opinion may contact the inquiring attorney for more information if it would be helpful in drafting the opinion. Once the Committee has voted on a final opinion and it has been presented to the Board of Governors, the inquiring attorney is sent a letter with a copy of the opinion responding to the inquiry.