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December 17, 2014

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Add a description It's time to recognize your colleagues and the good work they do for the legal profession, their communities and the public. 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.



Earlier this week, some in-state members of the NH Bar received an email from nhbainfo@nhbar.org asking for your participation in a national survey regarding substance abuse, depression, and other aspects of behavioral health. The survey is completely confidential; the Bar Association will receive only aggregated results. (Bar News wrote about the survey last month.)

Your participation in the survey will help determine the prevalence of substance abuse and other behavioral health issues in the profession, and assist in the development of appropriate resources to address these problems.



Earlier this week, some in-state members of the NH Bar received an email from nhbainfo@nhbar.org asking for your participation in a national survey regarding substance abuse, depression, and other aspects of behavioral health. The survey is completely confidential; the Bar Association will receive only aggregated results. (Bar News wrote about the survey last month.)

Your participation in the survey will help determine the prevalence of substance abuse and other behavioral health issues in the profession, and assist in the development of appropriate resources to address these problems.



Can you help? Concord Family Division: unfiled divorce, no children, no property. The opposing party is incarcerated. Please call or email Janice, 603-715-3262 for more information.



We the People The NH Bar Association seeks volunteers to act as timers at the We the People state finals on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. Four volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon, and three are needed from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Volunteers can choose a session or stay for the day.

Volunteer attorney timers receive the same information and training as WTP judges - if there is a cancellation, an attorney timer will move into a judging position. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Robin E. Knippers.



The Rudman Center at UNH Law hosts "Political Reform," an evening with Senator Olympia Snowe and former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. Join us for a thoughtful conversation with Maine's former Senator, author of Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress.

Snowe will engage in discussion with Glickman, who is currently a Bipartisan Policy Center senior fellow and co-chairs its Commission on Political Reform. This event is free and open to the public.

To register, call 513-1118 or email Idell.Champagne@law.unh.edu.



NH Bar Association Finance Director Paula Lewis and CPA Kelli D'Amore of Nathan Wechsler & Company will speak to the NHBA Solo/Small Firm Discussion Group on the financial matters of running your office, with an emphasis on small business management. This presentation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 13th. The primary focus will be on best practices for small law firms from start up through tax return preparation. For more information, contact Rosemarie Atwood.



Tax law crosses into almost every other area of law, from family matters and education to business litigation, environmental law and IP. The February issue of Bar News will feature articles about these crossovers, as well as new developments in tax law and the state's tax system.

Do you have an idea for a short (1,000 words max.) article that would be interesting and informative? Contact Managing Editor Kristen Senz by Jan. 12. Completed articles will be due Jan. 27.



The Bar Center will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, Friday, and Dec. 26, and Thursday, Jan. 1. There will be no e-Bulletin on Wednesday, Dec. 24. Happy Holidays! An e-Bulletin will be published on Tuesday, Dec. 30.



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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 ay 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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