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October 22, 2014

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Economics of Law Survey Give some answers to get some answers. In-state members should have received an email invitation for the Economics of Law Practice Study that will provide baseline information for members of the Bar on billing rates, costs and technology trends in New Hampshire practice. Find out more.

Your participation is important! Attorneys in firms should consult the managing partner or administrator as associates and employees of law firms will have fewer questions to answer on the survey. Solos - please complete the entire survey.

Take the survey and you can choose to enter a drawing for one of three Fit-Bit activity trackers - the latest popular gadget to encourage healthier habits and exercise.

Questions? Did not receive the survey? Contact Dan Wise.

The NH Bar Association Board of Governors on Oct. 16 appointed attorney Danielle Vanderzanden to fill the newly created out-of-state governor seat. She will serve until the next board election in spring 2015, at which time the seat will be on the ballot. Her primary area of practice is employment law, with the firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoke and Stewart, in Boston, Mass.

The NH Bar Association is seeking nominations for the 2015 annual Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service, the Distinguished Service to the Public Award and the Outstanding Service in the Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award.

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 Supreme Court is seeking volunteers to serve on the committees that make up the NH Attorney Discipline System. While applications are welcome at any time, beginning in January 2015 there will be openings for attorneys and non-attorneys to serve on the Professional Conduct Committee and the Complainant Screening Committee. Descriptions of the Attorney Discipline System and the roles of each committee, as well as an application, can be found on the Attorney Discipline System website. Appointments to the committees are made by the Supreme Court.

Those interested in being considered for appointment to a committee should submit an application to Janet DeVito, General Counsel, NH Supreme Court Attorney Discipline Office, 4 Chenell Drive, Suite 102, Concord, NH 03301 by Nov. 14.

Constitutionally Speaking, in partnership with the Rudman Center for Public Policy, is hosting a free symposium on money, democracy and the Constitution from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 8, at the Rudman Center, UNH School of Law in Concord.

The program consists of two panel discussions, "The Debt Ceiling and the Separation of Powers" and "Taxing, Spending, and Judicial Review," led by national experts and moderated by John Greabe, of UNH School of Law. Learn more.

This event is free but requires registration. Contact Idell Champagne. Brown bag lunch is included for registrants.

Bar News now features monthly in-depth "Practitioner Profiles" of New Hampshire lawyers. Do you or does one of your colleagues have an intriguing story or life outside the law? Do you know someone with an interesting niche practice? Let us know at

Historian and author Peter Wallner will speak at the NH Historical Society about his latest book, which examines the 1907 heresy trial against Mary Baker Eddy and the Christian Science faith.

Wallner, author of Faith on Trial: Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science and the First Amendment, will present a talk and book-signing at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the NH Historical Society, 30 Park St. in Concord. Admission is free.

Wallner's latest work examines the sensational 1907 Merrimack County Superior Court case in which Mary Baker Eddy was forced to defend herself and the religion she founded, Christian Science.

For more information, visit

A veteran trying to get back on his feet financially needs help modifying child support orders in Strafford and Rockingham counties. If you can help this veteran through the NHBA Pro Bono Program, please contact Janice Rabchenuk.

The University of New Hampshire Mock Trial Program thanks all those who have been in touch to volunteer on Oct. 25 and 26. Coaches are seeking 6-8 more volunteers to judge the Sunday afternoon round (approx. 1-4:30 p.m.) of its mock trial tournament in Durham, NH. Attorneys do not need to be sitting judges, active litigators, or familiar with college mock trial to participate. Judges will receive a brief training that will equip them for the task. The Patriots-Bears score will be posted outside each mock courtroom.

To sign up as a judge, or should you have any questions, please contact Jacob Marvelley or Charles Putnam at (603) 862-7041.

null The Circuit Court in Concord will be hosting a brown bag lunch meeting for marital law practitioners on Monday, Oct. 27. Judge Leonard and Master Geiger will be in attendance.

A brown bag lunch meeting on juvenile justice matters is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 14, with Judges Boyle and Spath.

The meetings will be held at noon in the courthouse library.

The NHBA Solo/Small Firm Discussion Group is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Bar Center. Janet Devito and Craig Calaman from the NH Attorney Discipline Office will speak to the group on the NH Supreme Court amended rules governing IOLTA and firm recordkeeping.

The Solo/Small Firm Discussion Group offers a venue for solo and small-firm practitioners to assist each other by sharing knowledge and information around issues unique to the solo and small firm practice setting. For more information, please contact Rosemarie Atwood.

In conjunction with NHPR, the Rudman Center is continuing to host one-hour conversations with New Hampshire's candidates for political office.
Location: Rudman Center, UNH School of Law, Room 282
Moderator: Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange, NHPR
Oct. 23 Carol Shea-Porter
Oct. 27 Marilinda Garcia
Oct. 29 Ann McLane Kuster

Each event runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception with the candidates. To RSVP and to see the full schedule go to

Let's Invent: The pesky problem of financing inventions
Sam Asano, the NH-based inventor of the portable fax machine, kicks off a series of articles in the Union Leader about the process of obtaining a patent. Read more.

Keene State: We've Hit a New Low Here
'Town-gown' relations soured by violence in neighborhoods near Keene's Pumpkin Fest; Keene State students and staff ponder how to repair the relationship. Read more.

The Adultery Arms Race
The Atlantic reports that technology has made cheating on a spouse, or catching a cheater, easier than ever. How digital tools are aiding the unfaithful and the untrusting. Read more.

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