NHBA e-Bulletin May 15, 2013
NHBA Award Winners AnnouncedUS District Court Clerk Jim Starr is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Profession Award.
Attorney Tom Watson of Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon in Portsmouth is the winner of the 2013 E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism.
Retired Judge Harold Perkins is the 2013 recipient of the Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism.
Judge Gillian L. Abramson has been selected as the 2013 winner of the Philip S. Hollman Equality Award.
These awards will be presented at the NHBA Annual Meeting in Portsmouth on June 21. For more information about the annual meeting, please visit the Annual Meeting page on the Bar's website. Note: The Hotel Reservation deadline is Tuesday, May 21, so don't delay!
Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Law - 5/22Last chance to register for the Nuts & Bolts of Criminal Law CLE from NHBA·CLE. The program is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. next Wednesday, May 22, in the NHBA Seminar Room. This program qualifies for 5.5 credits, including 1 ethics/professionalism credit. The program is also being webcast, for those who cannot make it to Concord.
Register for the live, in-person program or register for the live webcast.
Project Citizen Needs Volunteers - 5/24The NHBA Law Related Education Program sponsors a public policy portfolio showcase for middle school students. This year the showcase will include work from elementary, middle and high school students.
The Project Citizen State Showcase and Hearings will be held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on Friday, May 24. Project Citizen needs volunteers to evaluate student portfolios and judge oral presentations by the students. Only a few hours are required.
For more information, please visit the Project Citizen web page. To volunteer, fill out this volunteer form and send to Law Related Education Coordinator Robin E. Knippers or call her at (603) 715-3259.
Court Seeks Amicus Briefs The NH Supreme Court seeks amicus briefs or memoranda in Lucien Vincent v. Davina MacLean, on the issue of whether the plaintiff, an inmate at NH State Prison, was denied his due process rights when the court ordered that he participate in a small claims trial by phone, rather than in-person.
Amicus submissions answering the question in the affirmative are due June 3. Those answering in the negative are due by July 15. Send an original and 10 copies of the submission to Office of the Clerk, NH Supreme Court, One Charles Doe Drive, Concord, NH 03301. Read the court announcement.
Roadmap to a Tax Controversy - 5/23A half-day CLE program on Thursday, May 23, that is sponsored by the NH Bar Low-Income Taxpayer Project will provide an overview of IRS-involved income-tax cases. The program is open to attorneys who have taken an LITP case in the past or who are willing to take on at least one in the next year. The program includes facilitated replays of training videos created by the IRS and is approved for 4.0 NHMCLE credits. Register online.
Bar News This Week - Did You Notice?Check your Bar News issue this week. See something - or rather, do you miss something?
We have unintentionally observed the 10th anniversary of the demise of the NH landmark, the Old Man of the Mountain, by somehow omitting the Old Man profile from the front page. Something happened in the production of the May 17 issue that resulted in the TEMPORARY deletion of the Old Man's profile from the print edition.
Never fear - the familiar, craggy profile, which also appears in the NH Bar Association logo, will return in the June 21 issue of Bar News.
Public Hearing on Rule Changes - 6/7The NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules will hold a public hearing at 12:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, to collect input on court rules changes it is considering.
The changes concern: Notice of appeal deadline; photographing, recording and broadcasting; continuing judicial education; rule-making procedures; protocol for in camera review of documents; alternative dispute resolution; circuit court rules - dismissal of cases pending without action; counsel fees and guardians ad litem fees rules; performance evaluation of judges; sentence review division rules; and pro hac vice fees.
Email comments to the committee on or before June 7 or mail comments to: NH Supreme Court, Advisory Committee on Rules, 1 Charles Doe Dr., Concord, NH, 03301.
Child Support Guidelines RevisedThe NH Division for Child Support Services has released the annual revision of the state's child support guidelines. 2013 NH Child Support Guidelines.
NHBA·CLE is planning a program on upcoming changes to child support guidelines, including statutory changes, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. Register for the live, in-person program or the live webcast.
Grafton County Bar Association Spring Meeting - 5/30The spring meeting of the Grafton County Bar Association will feature journalist and historian Mike Pride, who will talk about his new book, Our War: Days and Events in the Fight for the Union, which recounts true stories from the Civil War.
Scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Common Man in Plymouth, the event is $35 per person and includes dinner. RSVP with payment and meal choice (steak, chicken or fish) to Treasurer Jim Laffan, PO Box 767, Lebanon, NH 03766.
Dawn of Big Data in BigLaw
Big law firms are poring through large volumes of data to predict litigation outcomes, decide on attorneys' fees and assist with other decisions. Read more.
US Supreme Court's 'Phony Textualism'
For a (very) academic take on this week's opinion involving a NH case, check out this blog post on the Dan's City Auto v. Pelkey decision rejecting preemption of federal law in a New Hampshire auto towing case.
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