Lobbying Services

OBJECTIVE:

The Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar  Association is seeking to enter into an independent contractor relationship with an individual or organization to provide lobbying services for the 2020-21 legislative year.

BACKGROUND:

The New Hampshire Bar Association is a unified bar with 8,317 total members, both active and inactive and practicing in-state and out-of-state. The number of active attorneys in the State of New Hampshire totals 3,478, practicing in firms of varying size.

As an integral part of its mission, the Bar Association reviews proposed legislation pertaining to the administration of justice, and after review by the Bar’s Legislation Committee, either lobbies for support or opposes certain bills. The bar’s activities before the legislature are governed by the restrictions found in the NH Supreme Court decision, Petition of Chapman.

For the past several years, the bar association has engaged the services of John MacIntosh, Esq. as its lobbyist.  Unfortunately, Attorney MacIntosh has announced his retirement from lobbying activities and will therefore not be available to continue as the Bar’s lobbyist this year.

SERVICES:

Responsibilities of the Lobbyist: The Lobbyist shall work with representatives of the Bar, including the Bar President, Board of Governors and Legislation Committee to represent the interests of the Bar before the New Hampshire Legislature during the 2020-2021 session. Specifically, the Lobbyist shall advocate for, provide information about and oppose selected bills which are introduced during the session.  The positions advanced by the Bar Lobbyist shall be determined after consultation with the Legislation committee and Board of Governors. The Bar Lobbyist shall carry out their responsibilities consistent with the purpose of the Bar and principles established in Petition of Chapman, 128 N.H. 24 (1984), as well as other legislative rules governing the conduct of lobbyists in New Hampshire. From time to time, the Bar Lobbyist will highlight for the Officers and Board of Governors of the Bar particularly important or noteworthy bills.

It is further expected that, when necessary, the Bar Lobbyist will be physically present at the legislature to attend hearings, discuss bills with legislative members, and testify on pending matters.  Periodically, the Bar Lobbyist will report on activities to the Board of Governors.

Being a member of the Bar is a positive benefit, but not a requirement of submitting a proposal to this RFP.

CONTENT OF PROPOSAL:

In responding to this Request for Proposal (RFP) we request the following information:

  • Detail of your experience with legislative matters and advocating before the House and/or Senate for pending bills
  • Describe your knowledge with regard to matters involving the administration of justice, Court Rules and procedures, criminal justice, and family law matters.
  • Set forth your fee proposal for the 2020/21 legislative year, including any caps, limitations or increases for the next three (3) years.
  • Identify the person or persons who will be actively working on the Bar Association account.
  • Provide the name and addresses of all other entities or individuals who have engaged you to lobby for them at present or at any time for the past five (5) years. To the extent you consider this information to be confidential, the Bar Association is willing to execute a non-disclosure agreement.

SELECTION PROCESS:

All Proposals (RFPs) will be evaluated by the Executive   Director of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the Board of Governors. They reserve the right to accept or reject any proposal, for any reason they believe to be in the best interest of the New Hampshire Bar Association.

TIMING:

All proposals under this Request for Proposal (RFP) should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11th to:

George R. Moore, Esq.
Executive Director
New Hampshire Bar Association
2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300
Concord, NH   03301

OR

gmoore@nhbar.org