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Bar Journal - Spring 2008

Introduction

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In this issue of the Bar Journal, we are pleased to present a collection of articles on current topics in business law, authored by an exceptional group of knowledgeable professionals.

First, Kermit Zerr and Ron Abramson address key issues in business immigration law. Our economy relies heavily on foreign workers, a trend which will continue given the increasing globalization of commerce. This article provides a roadmap for lawyers whose clients may need assistance in bringing foreign workers to New Hampshire.

New Hampshire’s Civil Unions law went into effect on January 1, 2008, with a great deal of attention. Although the media spotlight has begun to fade, employers may be just beginning to deal with the issues generated by the statute. Karen Levchuk’s article identifies how civil unions affect both employees’ rights and employers’ responsibilities.

Next, Kelli Boyle, a New Hampshire CPA, offers an overview of how Sarbanes-Oxley affects nonpublic companies. The article is a succinct and helpful introduction to the topic, breaking down this complex subject matter into an easy format the reader can easily understand.

Straight from the source, John Cunningham offers a thorough analysis of the current New Hampshire Limited Liability Act, a statute he helped draft and amend. His extensive knowledge and experience in LLC formation allows him to keenly identify the gaps in the current statute. Cunningham’s article presents a detailed explanation of where those gaps exist, and proposes specific amendments to resolve the resulting problems.

Next, Peter Mosseau and Stephen Coppolo examine the unique practices and procedures required to represent physicians before the Board of Medicine. (This article was written before recent news reports of alleged improprieties by Board staff, and does not address such topics.) The authors review the practical aspects of Board procedures, explaining applicable rules and identifying traps for the unwary.

Finally, my colleague Charles DeGrandpre has penned the Lex Loci column, offering his unique analysis of recent Supreme Court decisions.

Attorney Jeanmarie Papelian, Issue Editor, is a Director of the McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton firm in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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