Schedule At A Glance

Times Subject to Change

7:15 – 8:30 a.m. ……… Gender Equality Breakfast with Guest Speaker Lauren Rikleen (separate ticket required)

8:00 a.m. ………………. Registration and Check-in, Continental Breakfast, Exhibitor Showcase

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. ……….. Welcoming Remarks by Mark Jackson

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. ………. Of Dogma and Desire: The American History of Pressing Freedom, Religion and the Right to Speak        Robert McWhirter

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. ……… Exhibitor Showcase

10:45 – 12:15 p.m. ………. Free Speech on Campus: Reports from the Front Lines   Presentation by Howard Gillman, followed by Q&A with morning speakers

12:30 – 2:15 p.m. ……….. Honors and Awards Luncheon

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. …………. Exhibitor Showcase/Refreshment Break

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. ………….. The New Public Square: First Amendment Issues in the Digital Age   Presentation by Ramya Krishnan followed by panel discussion

3:50 – 4:10 p.m. …………… Exhibitor Showcase

4:10 – 5:15 p.m. …………….. Continued Panel Discussion of social media and general first amendment topics and audience Q&A

Join us at the NHBA 2019 Midyear Meeting!

Explore how the rights guaranteed in the First Amendment have been interpreted over time. Discover how the new “public square” of social media affects our understanding of the right to free speech and freedom of expression. Learn how important conversations affecting the first amendment are playing out on college campuses across the nation.

Explore new ideas, earn CLE credit, connect with colleagues and make new contacts at the biggest membership event of the year. You  won’t want to miss a minute of the informative and interactive event!

Midyear Meeting is sold-out. Thanks for your interest!

Midyear Meeting Service Award Winners

Please join us for out Honors and Award Luncheon to celebrate this year’s winners of the:

  • Outstanding Service in Public Service/ Public Interest Law Award
  • Distinguished Service to the Public Award
  • Special Service to the Profession and to the Public
  • Vickie M. Brunnell Award for Community Service

Learn about and compare challenges to the First Amendment in the past and today. Have the rights guaranteed in the First Amendment been interpreted differently over time? Explore how the new public square that is social media affects our understanding of our basic rights to free speech and freedom of expression. Discover how important conversations affecting the first amendment are playing out on college campuses across the nation.

Mark your calendars!

Why You Should Attend

Connect with colleagues, add valuable information to your professional toolkit, discover products and services which make your work day easier, and celebrate the legal profession at the premiere legal community event in New Hampshire. Past attendees attest that the Midyear Meeting:

“Applied to practitioners of all sized firms, and private or governmental or corporate.”

“Well prepared, clear and engaging. I appreciated the NH-specific references.”

“Excellent speakers… well-versed and passionate.”

Pricing & Registration

$200 – Members 

$100 – New Lawyers *


All Day CLE
Honors & Awards Luncheon

*Attorneys admitted after February 2016.

$45 – Honors & Awards Luncheon ONLY

Midyear Meeting is sold out. Thanks for your interest!

Of Dogma and Desire: The American History of Pressing Freedom, Religion, and the Right to Speak

Robert McWhirter

“Freedom of the Press” is the American creed. From the penning of the Declaration of independence on, the United States has stood for freedom of speech, even if we have not always respected it fully for all. This dynamic presentation explores the historic principles and intentions that guide the framers in crafting the First Amendment. Through history and strife, what has right of free speech and free press meant in America? Have we lived up to the Framers’ vision or not? And what does it mean for us today?

Free Speech on Campus: Reports from the Front Lines

Howard Gillman

Chancellor Gillman will provide an overview of recent controversies, discuss the central arguments for prohibiting the censorship of ideas on campus, and review what colleges cannot do when dealing with free speech controversies. He will also provide an update on developments over the last year regarding campus efforts to better prepare for large-scale demonstrations and manage the cost of providing security, and then identify areas of ongoing focus, including policies regarding student disruption of campus events. Finally, he will discuss the mission of the new University of California National Center on Free Speech and Civic Engagement (for which he acts as co-chair of the advisory board),   and solicit advice on how best to realize the research and educational mission of the center.

The New Public Square: First Amendment Issues in the Digital Age

Ramya Krishnan

Social Media companies and information platforms have a profound but poorly understood influence on public discourse. In what is sometimes labeled the “digital public square”, they decide who gets to speak, what can be said, and who gets heard. Discover the quasi-governmental role the companies play in setting the boundaries and terms of public discourse and explore some to the questions this phenomenon raises.

Midyear meeting is sold out! Thanks for your interest!

Distinguished Speakers Include:

Howard Gillman, Chancellor of the University of California—Irvine

Mark Jackson, Executive Director of the First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School

Ramya Krishnan, staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute

Robert McWhirter, internationally recognized speaker and author of several books including BILLS, QUILLS, AND STILLS: AN ANNOTATED, ILLUSTRATED, AND ILLUMINATED HISTORY OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS (ABA Press 2015); attorney at Arizona State University Alumni Law Group

New Hampshire Panelists

Devon Chaffee, ACLU New Hampshire

Professor John Greabe, UNH School of Law

Professor Jennifer Brooke Sargent, Dartmouth College

REMEMBER the days of law school? Wonder what that old law school classmate is up to now? Well, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Midyear Membership Meeting presents the perfect opportunity to reunite with fellow alumni of your law school: Law schools are invited to host dinners in conjunction with the Feb. 15 meeting. Bar staff will assist by providing contact information of Manchester area restaurants for making group dinner arrangements, a sample invitation letter and response form, and a set of alumni mailing labels. If you are interested in coordinating a law school dinner for your alumni, please contact Lisa Boisvert.

2019 Alumni Events

Maine Law Alumni

Friday, February 15, 2019
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Thirsty Moose Taphouse
795 Elm Street
Manchester, NH

Please RSVP To Samantha Scarf, Advancement Coordinator, at or (207)780-4915.

Link to the Facebook Event

UNH Law Alumni Winter Party - January 25

UNH Law Alumni Winter Party
Generously sponsored by
Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger, PLLC

Friday, January 25, 2019
5:30 – 8 p.m.
Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property Center

Join the deans, faculty and staff during the Black Ice Hockey Tournament and Festival in the park. Come warm up with us! We’ll have complimentary food and a cash bar. Families invited. Our parking lot will be reserved for alumni on Friday evening.


Northeastern University School of Law

Details coming soon!

Contact: Talesha Saint-Marc 

University of Virginia School of Law

Details coming soon!

Contact: Bret Gifford 

The breakfast has become a must-attend event for attorneys working in all areas of the law and in various practice settings, as a way to connect with colleagues and support the work of the Gender Equality Committee.

This year’s breakfast speaker will be Lauren Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership and author of the upcoming book, “The Shield of Silence: How Power Perpetuates a Culture of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace.” She will address such topics as strengthening multi-generational teams, women’s leadership and advancement, and implementing strategies to minimize the impact of unconscious bias.

Congratulations to Attorney Holly Haines, from Abramson, Brown & Dugan, who has been selected to receive the 2019 Hollman Award and will be honored at the breakfast for her efforts to advance gender equality within the state’s legal community.

This event is sold out! Call Cheryl  at (603) 715-3260 to be put on the waiting list.

February 15, 2019
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM (Eastern)
DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH

Thank you to our breakfast sponsors!


February 15, 2019
7:15-8:30 AM

The Gender Equality Breakfast is a separately ticketed event. Tickets are $20 each.

This event is sold out. Please call Cheryl at (603) 715-3260 to be put on the waiting list.

Thank You to Our Midyear Meeting Sponsors!

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