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Bar Journal - June 1, 1999

Introduction

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The June 1999 issue of the New Hampshire Bar Journal marks the first attempt of the Board of Editors to devote an entire issue to a subject which is of particular interest to the current president of the New Hampshire Bar Association. For the past year President Randy Cooper has devoted a substantial amount of time to the matter of attorney professionalism. We, therefore, dedicate this issue to professionalism-the definition of it, the need for it and the search for it.

The issue begins with an introduction by President Cooper giving his own perspective on the issue. It was at Randy Cooper's behest that the first Conclave on Professionalism was held in the fall of 1998. The chair of the Conclave Committee, William Chapman, is the author of the next article which is followed by the Conclave Report published in its entirety. Richard Uchida next writes about the difficulty in striking a balance between zealous advocacy and independent judgment, taking into account the various masters that an attorney must serve in day-to-day practice.

In following two articles authored by Attorney Emily Gray Rice and Attorney Stephen D. Easton of Missouri-Columbia School of Law provide their own unique perspectives on attorney behavior and how it can affect the outcomes of one's cases, one's relationships with peers and the progression of one's career.

Those two articles are followed by a contribution by Attorney Rolf Goodwin, chair of the Bar Association's Ethics Committee, entitled "Ethics, Professionalism and the Real World." Here Mr. Goodwin explores various factors The June, 1999 issue of the New Hampshire Bar Journal marks the first attempt of the Board of Editors to devote an entire issue to a subject which is of particular interest to the current president of the New Hampshire Bar Association. For the past year President Randy Cooper has devoted a substantial amount of time to the matter of attorney professionalism. We, therefore, dedicate this issue to professionalism-the definition of it, the need for it and the search for it.

The issue begins with an introduction by President Cooper giving his own perspective on the issue. It was at Randy Cooper's behest that the first Conclave on Professionalism was held in the fall of 1998. The chair of the Conclave Committee, William Chapman, is the author of the next article which is followed by the Conclave Report published in its entirety. Richard Uchida next writes about the difficulty in striking a balance between zealous advocacy and independent judgment, taking into account the various masters that an attorney must serve in day-to-day practice.

In following two articles authored by Attorney Emily Gray Rice and Attorney Stephen D. Easton of Missouri-Columbia School of Law provide their own unique perspectives on attorney behavior and how it can affect the outcomes of one's cases, one's relationships with peers and the progression of one's career.

Those two articles are followed by a contribution by Attorney Rolf Goodwin, chair of the Bar Association's Ethics Committee, entitled "Ethics, Professionalism and the Real World." Here Mr. Goodwin explores various factors both within and outside of the profession which can influence the professionalism of an attorney.

Attorneys Frank Mesmer and Kathrine Bucklin Stearns offer the perspective of another New Hampshire Bar committee, the Law Practice Management Committee. Their article focuses on succession planning and the potential problems which may arise with a lack of such planning.

Attorney Julie Moore discusses inadvertent disclosure and its impact on the attorney-client privilege in her article entitled "The Ethics Of Ill-Gotten Gains: If It's Too Good To Be True, Maybe It's Too Good," while Attorney Anne Davidson provides a summary of important New Hampshire case law concerning legal malpractice, giving a thorough description of past trends and the current state of the law.

As always, we are pleased to have Attorney Charles DeGrandpre's contribution "Lex Loci: A Survey Of Recent New Hampshire Supreme Court Decisions."

The Board of Editors hopes that this is only the first of many annual issues devoted to themes of interest to the president of our Bar Association. We have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with Randy Cooper in selecting topics and authors for this issue and look forward to similar contributions from future Bar presidents.

The Author

Attorney Charla Bizios Labbe is of counsel to the firm of Dean, Rice & Kane, Manchester, NH.

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