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October 29, 2014

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Economics of Law Survey A second round of invitations to participate in the NH Bar's economics of law survey has been sent to in-state NH Bar members. (Out-of-state members may participate, but the Bar Association will be focusing on the more comparable in-state results.)

If you have not done so already, please complete the survey now. (It takes about 20 minutes, less so for the survey for attorneys not in private practice.) The survey will be closed in early November, so please don't wait.

Find out more about the survey.

Lynne Guimond Sabean is the lucky winner of a FITBIT wireless health and activity tracker! We have two more FITBIT devices to give away to respondents. Read what attorney Maureen Raiche Manning wrote about using FITBIT.

Curious about previous surveys? The last time we compiled economic data was in 2006. Read the Statistical Supplement.

The NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules will hold a public hearing at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the Supreme Court Building on Charles Doe Drive in Concord, to receive the views of any member of the public, bench, or bar on court rules changes, which the Committee is considering for possible recommendation to the Supreme Court.

The changes being considered are available online in the Appendix to the Public Hearing Notice.

Comments may be submitted in writing to the committee's secretary at any time on or before Dec. 12, or may be submitted at the hearing. Email comments to, or send by mail to NH Supreme Court, Advisory Committee on Rules, 1 Charles Doe Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Established on the occasion of Judge Hollman's retirement from the Superior Court bench in 2003, this award is designed to honor his efforts as a stalwart advocate for gender equality in the legal system.

A Hollman award recipient is someone who:
  • has exhibited dedication to promoting respect and fair treatment toward all members of the judicial system
  • seeks to promote gender equality through leadership and educating others on such issues
  • has taken the initiative in matters of gender equality and by his/her actions and words has been a role model in this area.
A nominee may be a Bar member, an employee of a law firm or a New Hampshire court, or an employee of a state department or agency that is part of the legal system. The award will be presented at the Gender Equality Breakfast during the 2015 Midyear Meeting, Feb. 27, 2015. Please send nominations by Monday, Dec. 15, to Rosemarie Atwood, Gender Equality Committee liaison. Please include a brief description of the nominee's qualifications for the award.

Who's sitting where? Find out which superior court judge will hear your case between now and the end of the year.

Rose Gottemoeller
Rose Gottemoeller
UNH Law's Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire, will host an event with Rose Gottemoeller, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, from 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6.

Under Secretary Gottemoeller advises the US Secretary of State on issues related to arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament. Her lecture, Nuclear Policy in the 21st Century, will focus on national policy in addition to her experience as a negotiator.

Over the next six weeks, e-filing of small-claims cases rolls out across all of the Circuit Courts, expanding from the original pilot sites in Plymouth and Concord.

Going live tomorrow, Oct. 30, will be Berlin, Colebrook, Lancaster, Lebanon, Littleton and Plymouth.

Six small businesses and two small business champions from New Hampshire will be recognized during the 2015 National Small Business Week. Nomination forms are available online.

Award categories (all for small businesses):
  • person of the year
  • exporter
  • SBA young entrepreneur
  • family-owned business
  • veteran-owned business
  • woman-owned business
Also, Champion Awards in the general and financial services category for extraordinary advocacy for small businesses.

Contact Warren Haggerty, (603) 225-1405.

The December issue of Bar News will feature a special section on business law and business litigation. Article proposals are due Monday, Nov. 10; the deadline for completed articles is Nov. 24.

We're looking for articles at the intersection of business law and other practice areas, and that address recent developments in the law or rules, ethics, practice tips, or other timely topics.

If you are interested in contributing to Bar News, please contact Managing Editor Kristen Senz by email or phone at (603) 715-3234. For more information, please read the Bar News submission guidelines.

Please consider helping Pro Bono refer cases this holiday season! Traditionally, Pro Bono closes out the year with a series of Referral Marathons.

Do you have a morning or afternoon free to drop by the Bar Center to call and ask other attorneys to take a case? Pro Bono will provide lists of attorneys to call case summaries. Morning sessions are 9 a.m. to noon. Afternoon sessions are 1-4 p.m.

Referral Marathon dates are:
Nov. 24: morning and afternoon
Dec. 4: morning and afternoon
Dec. 12: morning
Dec. 16: morning
Dec. 17: morning
To sign up, please contact Carolann Wooding by email or phone at (603) 715-3205.

Is Your Judge for Sale?
Judicial elections may not be a concern in New Hampshire, but elsewhere in the country judicial campaigns are heating up. Mother Jones reports. Read more.

Practice Management Essentials for $4,000 or Less
Legal Talk Network offers an article and podcast on several law practice management tech tools that fit the solo and small firm budget. 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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