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November 19, 2014

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Hundreds of active-status members have created accounts for the NHMCLE ART online reporting tool, known as ART, since the announcement emails were sent on Tuesday.

For an update on the new self-determination, self-reporting approach to compliance with Supreme Court Rule 53, visit the updated website. The website has links to three brief instructional videos to walk you through the process of creating a log-in, what your record contains, and how to make a new entry of credit. (Only use ART to enter programs or activities not sponsored by NHBA. NHBA CLEs and other NHBA sponsored programs will be automatically entered.)

As promised in this week's Bar News, just posted is the Guide to Appellate Advocacy in New Hampshire, written by two experienced appellate attorneys, Lisa Wolford, of the Attorney General's office, and Stephanie Hausman, of the Appellate Defender office. Among its features:
  • guidance for both civil and criminal appellate practitioners, and may serve as a useful reference for trial court lawyers with its discussion of briefing and argument;
  • a one-page checklist of the New Hampshire Supreme Court rules governing the required contents of the brief, organized in sequence from the table of contents to the appendix.
  • a table of contents that gives an overview of the main sections of the brief, providing an easy way to locate particular topics.
  • All stages of the appellate process arranged by topic - each section of the brief, the appendix, the tables, formatting, the memo in lieu of brief and reply brief, and oral argument-with each discussion point accompanied by the court rule which applies to it.
The Guide offers many tips and court rules illustrated by examples, such as how the opening brief should present preservation citations after each question presented, how diagrams and illustrations might be included in the text of the brief, and how section titles are customarily formatted.

The Guide is offered for use by members and the public by the authors, and is published as a courtesy by the NH Bar Association, which is not responsible for its content. The Guide is copyrighted by the authors, and is available for individuals' use, and not for commercial republication.

The US District Court is seeking comment on an amendment it has made to L.R. 77.4(d) governing bankruptcy appeals to conform with amendments taking effect Dec. 1, 2014, to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. You can find the full text of the amended rule on the court's homepage: under the News & Events section.

Any comments, including suggestions or other correspondence, should be made before December 21, 2014, and directed to Pamela E. Phelan, Chief Deputy Clerk at or U.S. District Court, Warren B. Rudman U.S. Courthouse, 55 Pleasant Street, Room 110, Concord, NH 03301-3941.

Next year's Bar Journal editorial calendar includes an open-topic issue - instead of centering on a specific theme, this issue will include a selection of articles on a wide variety of topics - and an issue focusing on privacy in the context of New Hampshire law. Bar Journal is looking for articles from a variety of practice areas on issues ranging from HIPPA to national security as they relate to personal privacy and the expectation of privacy.

Please contact Dan Wise with your article proposals.

The NH Superior Court plans to move toward filing felonies directly in Superior Court. Early case resolution and vertical prosecution models have been promoted. Cases are moving online. In short, there's a lot of change happening in New Hampshire's criminal justice system, and we need practitioners to write about it. Defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges: please get in touch with Managing Editor Kristen Senz with your ideas for informative and/or opinion pieces. Deadline for article drafts is Dec. 22.

ALSO: There is still room for one more business law article in the December issue. Please contact the managing editor this week if you are interested in contributing.

null A brown bag lunch meeting for defense attorneys and prosecutors who practice in Belknap and Carroll counties will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Belknap County Superior Court. For more information, contact Abigail Albee, clerk of court.

The NH Bar Association's Midyear Membership Meeting presents the perfect opportunity to reunite with your old law school classmates.

The Midyear Meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 27, at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH in Manchester, and law school alums are encouraged to hold dinners or gatherings on or around that date.

If you're interested in organizing an event for your law school, NH Bar staff will assist by providing mailing labels for all NH bar members who attended your law school, contact information for Manchester-area restaurants for making group dinner arrangements, and sample invitations and response forms. The Bar will also publish details of law school dinners in Bar News and on the website.

For more information, please contact Kate Bruchacova at the Bar Center.

The NH Bar Association is seeking nominations for the following awards:
  • Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service
    Instituted in 1998 to honor the memory of Vickie M. Bunnell "A Country Lawyer" and to applaud the community spirit that is a hallmark of our profession this award is presented to an attorney from a small firm (four or fewer attorneys) who has exhibited dedication and devotion to community by giving of their time and talents, legal or otherwise.
  • Distinguished Service to the Public Award
    This award is presented to the nominee who best exhibits service to the public on behalf of the administration of justice.
  • Outstanding Service in the Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award
    The Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award is presented for outstanding commitment and legal contribution to the public as a public sector or public interest lawyer.
Visit the bar's website for more information about the awards, eligibility requirements and the nomination form for the public sector award.

Nominations must be in the form of a written narrative. Previous nomination submissions may be considered upon written request, with the submission of updated information.

Save the Date: These awards will be presented at the Midyear Meeting on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

The NH Bar Center in Concord will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving.

The Bar Center will close at noon on Monday, Dec. 1 for the staff holiday event.

There also will be no e-Bulletin on Wednesday, Nov. 26. That will be one less email to catch up with next week. Enjoy the holiday.

An exciting competition that tests high school teams' knowledge of history, government and the law, We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution seeks attorneys to volunteer as judges and timers. No experience necessary; training will be provided. For more information, contact Robin Knippers.

District Hearings
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Snow Date: Dec. 8
9 a.m. - noon
(Awards to follow)
Legislative Office Building
Concord, NH
State Finals
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Snow Date: Jan. 12
9 a.m. - noon &
1 - 4 p.m.
(Awards to follow last session)
Legislative Office Building
Concord, NH

In the event of inclement weather, closings or delayed openings at the Bar Center will be communicated via the Bar's website at and on our voicemail greeting at the Bar Center.

If the Bar Center is experiencing a delayed opening, we will be open as soon as is reasonably possible for staff to safely get in to the office. If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center before you head out.

The Marshall Project Goes Live
A new site devoted to covering America's criminal justice system, the Marshall Project is nonprofit and nonpartisan and headed by former New York Times editor Bill Keller. Read more.

Why the Best Supreme Court Predictor in the World Is Some Random Guy in Queens
Read more.

Some of these news sites may limit access to subscribers or registered users. (Many sites allow free trial access limited to the number of pages viewed.) Also, the Bar Association does not endorse the sites providing these links; these are provided for your information only.

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