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About the New Hampshire Bar Association

The New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA) is a non-profit, court-mandated organization. As a unified bar, all attorneys licensed to practice in the state, and NH judges must belong to the NHBA and pay annual dues.

Association Purposes & Structure
The NHBA purposes and structure are outlined in detailed in our Constitution and ByLaws. In fulfilling its stated purposes, the Bar's programs and activities are designed to serve the needs and interests of the membership, the public and the administration of justice.

In 2015, the NHBA Board of Governors approved and began implementation of a series of strategic initiatives.

The NHBA conducts two membership meetings each year--a Midyear Membership Meeting in January, February or March and the Annual Meeting in June. The "Bar year" runs from July 1 through June 30; the Fiscal Year is June 1 - May 31. In addition, the NHBA-CLE department presents over 70 continuing legal education programs each year at various venues and in various formats around the state.

As a member service, the NHBA publishes the New Hampshire Bar News, a monthly newspaper featuring important information from the New Hampshire Court System as well as articles on current legal issues and news about Association services and activities. Also published by the Association, on a quarterly basis, the New Hampshire Bar Journal features in-depth analysis of important developments and issues in the law.

History of Bar Structure
1873 Association incorporated as "The Bar Association of the State of New Hampshire"
1967 Association petitions Legislature to amend acts of incorporation to change name to "New Hampshire Bar Association"
1968 New Hampshire Supreme Court unifies bar for a three-year trial period
1972 New Hampshire Supreme Court decrees unification "be continued without limitation of time, under the court's continuing jurisdiction"
Constitution and Bylaws of the New Hampshire Bar Association
Governance
An elected Board of Governors which meets monthly governs the Association. The Board is responsible for adoption of a budget prior to the start of each fiscal year (June 1-May 31). The budget is developed by the Finance Committee, which is composed of Association members and chaired by the President-Elect. Active members from around the state vote for officers and governors-at-large, with active members in each county electing their county representative. Nominations are made by March 1; voting takes place between April 1 and April 15. The Board of Governors is composed of six officers, eleven county governors and 5 governors-at-large (no more than three of whom may come from the same county), an at-large governor representing the public sector and an at-large governor representing out of state members. The officers serve one-year terms; the county governors serve two-year terms and the governors-at-large serve three-year terms. No member of the Board receives compensation for services rendered in connection with the performance of Board duties.
Admission to the Bar
Admission to the New Hampshire Bar Association is administered by the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Necessary forms and instructions for applying for admission to the Bar, including the admission by motion process created under amended Supreme Court Rule 42, are available on the Court's website.

The New Hampshire Bar Examination is offered twice a year, in February and July, and is administered over the course of two days. The February bar examination is administered on the last Wednesday of February and the preceding Tuesday. The July bar examination is administered on the last Wednesday of July and the preceding Tuesday.

For a more detailed description of the examination, please visit the NH Judicial Branch website.

Learn about the admission requirements in the six New England states.
Bar Membership Meetings
UPCOMING MEETINGS
2017 Midyear Membership Meeting
Friday, March 10, 2017
Radisson Hotel/Center of NH, Manchester
2017 Annual Meeting
Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24, 2017
Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield

PAST MEETINGS
2016 Annual Meeting
The 2016 NHBA Annual Meeting was held October 28 at the Portsmouth Sheraton.
2016 Midyear Membership Meeting
The 2016 NHBA Midyear Meeting was held March 4 at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH in Manchester.


For information about the membership meetings, please e-mail NHBAinfo@nhbar.org or call 603-224-6942.
Member Statistics

Current as of 9/2016 In State Out-of-State Total
Active
3410
1811
5221
Honorary Active
48
5
53
Military Active
3
36
39
Pro Bono Active
8
0
8
TOTAL ACTIVE STATUS
3469
1852
5321
Inactive
437
1263
1700
Honorary Inactive
84
44
128
Inactive Retired
330
267
597
Military Inactive
0
8
8
TOTAL INACTIVE STATUS
851
1582
2433
GRAND TOTALS
4320
3434
7754

NHBA Leadership Academy
The NH Bar Association's Leadership Academy aims to identify, inspire and train emerging leaders of the legal profession in New Hampshire.

Learn more about the Leadership Academy.
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