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September 17, 2014

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This popular hands-on, how-to series gives attorneys the tools to handle cases in family court. Held on three consecutive Monday afternoons from 3-6:30 p.m. (Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3) with a faculty of experienced family law practitioners, enrollees will receive guidance on how to proceed in a variety of situations. Attendees will receive a Pro Bono case and a mentor at the conclusion of the program. Divorce Camp is limited to the first 25 registrants. Please register online.

Contact Margaret Gilsenberg at the Pro Bono Referral Program for more information.

The Warren B. Rudman Center at UNH School of Law has scheduled eight "Rudman Center Conversations", each hosted by New Hampshire Public Radio's Laura Knoy, with the candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and both seats for the U.S. House of Representatives. These events are free and open to the public. The first candidate conversations are scheduled for:
  • Sept. 22 - Scott Brown,
  • Sept. 24 - Maggie Hassan
  • Sept. 30 - Jeanne Shaheen
Each event runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at UNH Law School in Concord and be followed by a reception with the candidates. To RSVP and to see the full schedule go to

Salute retired Judge Kenneth McHugh and Amy Messer of the DRC, co-recipients of the Frank Rowe Kenison award; and Julian Jefferson, a Nashua-based public defender and the Kirby award recipient, at the NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner next week.

Purchase tickets online or respond to the mailed invitation. The event this year features live music from Rico Barr & Jump 'N' Jive Review, led by attorney Ralph Barbagallo.

The dinner takes place at the Radisson/Center of NH in Manchester.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules has recommended a number of proposed rule amendments to the New Hampshire Supreme Court for adoption.

Members of the bench, bar, legislature, executive branch or public may submit comments on the proposed amendments to the clerk of the NH Supreme Court until Monday, Oct. 20. An original and seven copies of all comments shall be filed. Comments may also be emailed to the court at Read the court's order inviting comment.

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire, at its annual dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 7, will present the St. Thomas More Award to attorney Laurel Ann O'Connor of Derry. The dinner at Fratello's in Manchester will immediately follow the 2014 Red Mass, led by Rev. Peter Libasci, the 10th Bishop of Manchester, at Saint Joseph Cathedral at the Corner of Pine and Lowell streets in Manchester.

The Red Mass begins at 5:15 p.m., and people of all faith traditions are invited. Learn more about the Red Mass.

DOVE This full-day continuing legal education seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 30, is hosted by the NHBA's Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project and will focus on the basics, from conveying insight into the dynamics of domestic abuse to providing effective legal advocacy for victims seeking domestic violence restraining orders.

The cost is $65 for attorneys willing to accept two restraining order cases within the next year, or current Pro Bono and DOVE volunteers. Register online.

The NH Supreme Court will unveil the official portrait of former Chief Justice John Broderick Jr. that will hang in the NH Supreme Court chamber.

The event takes place at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at the Court.

NH painter Richard Whitney is the artist who was commissioned to paint Justice Broderick's official portrait.

Broderick is presently the executive director and Warren B. Rudman Chair of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire Law School. Upon retiring from the New Hampshire Supreme Court, he served as the law school's dean from 2011-2014.

Andrea Johnstone
Andrea Johnstone
The US District Court for the District of New Hampshire is hosting a swearing-in ceremony for Andrea Johnstone as United States Magistrate Judge to be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Warren B. Rudman United States Courthouse, 55 Pleasant St., Concord.

Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. RSVP by this Friday, Sept. 19, to or (603) 226-7303.

Are you looking for a way to get involved and get published in the Bar News? Volunteers are needed to write concise summaries of New Hampshire Supreme Court slip opinions for the At-a-Glance feature in Bar News. Each volunteer summarizes all of the slip opinions issued in a single month. At-a-Glance contributors are needed for October, November and December. To volunteer, please contact Lisha Brosseau.

The NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program is looking for volunteers to help refer cases over the phone at the NH Bar Center from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Friday, Sept. 26. To volunteer, please contact Margaret Gilsenberg or Carolann Wooding. Interested, but not available for these times? Please ask us about Referral Marathon events scheduled for December.

Unseen Toll: Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts
A new study and analysis by ProPublica shows an increase in garnishment and lawsuits in consumer debt cases. Read more.

Reboot or Die Trying
What one man learned when he attempted to disconnect from technology for a year and spend more time outside. Read more.

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