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Bar News - June 23, 2006


New Lawyers Committee--NHBA NLC & ABA/YLD: What They Do for You

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The New Lawyers’ Committee (NLC) welcomes, supports and serves the needs of the newest members of the legal profession and those attorneys new to the practice of law in New Hampshire. Over the past several years the New Hampshire Bar Association has made great strides in reaching out to newer lawyers and attending to their unique needs. This is reflected in the ongoing efforts of the NLC.

           

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA/YLD) has been a great supporter of the NHBA’s efforts. The ABA/YLD has assisted the NLC in enhancing and building new relationships as well as strengthening old ones within our community. The ABA/YLD provides funding, leadership opportunities and hands-on assistance to its affiliates. The ABA/YLD also provides a network for the development of ideas and communications among hundreds of young lawyers. The assistance provided through public and member service sub-grants, national and regional conferences, bar leadership programming, public and member service projects and scholarships is invaluable.

           

NH Bar New Lawyers Committee members have been direct recipients of ABA/YLD support and guidance for years. Most recently, New Hampshire lawyers received partial funding for outreach programs, such as: the Bar swearing-in ceremony reception; “An Evening at the Ball Park” Fisher Cats event; fall welcome reception for new lawyers; and “Bench and Bar Meet and Greet” for the Newer Lawyer– which was an evening of unparalleled success in 2005 with 36 judges and 250 new lawyers coming together for networking. The NLC’s efforts have given new members the opportunity to meet the judiciary representing the federal and state courts in New Hampshire.

           

This year, New Hampshire has a new voice in governance at the ABA/YLD. Representing District 3 (Massachusetts and New Hampshire) will be Jaye L. Rancourt, an attorney at Brennan Caron Lenehan & Iacopino. She chaired the New Lawyers’ Committee for the past year. Her participation at the national level will only serve to improve and expand upon the services currently offered to newer lawyers in our state.

           

The NLC is anticipating and planning another busy year for new lawyers. Our 2006-2007 line up of events and activities include:

 

  • The August 18, 2006 third annual “An Evening at the Ball Park” summer event with our local Fisher Cats baseball team. (See page 3 for ticket information.)
  • The December 13, 2006 “Bench and Bar Meet and Greet” for the Newer Lawyer. The NLC hopes to improve and build upon the overwhelming success of last year’s event.
  • Hosting welcoming receptions following each Bar swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court (last year the committee hosted four receptions).
  • Updating “Traps for the Unwary,” expected to be completed by summer’s end and available for distribution to lawyers admitted in the fall.
  • Improving upon and increasing participation in the Mentor Program. This year alone resulted in 30 mentor matches.
  • Producing regularly scheduled articles for the Bar News. NLC articles are written by and for New Hampshire’s newest attorneys.
  • Scheduling more informal get-togethers, with the goal of making them a regular occurrence throughout the state.
  • Seeking community service projects as well as a Work/Life Balance Program for new lawyers. This would tie into the program currently sponsored by the NHBA.

 

The committee welcomes input or ideas from members regarding potential future activities or events.

           

This year we have been contacted by other committees interested in working with the NLC to increase involvement of the newer lawyers. For example, a representative of the Ethics Committee met with the NLC to offer practical ethical advice and explain the committee’s role. The NLC, in turn, has been able to share this information with new members.

           

Throughout the year, members of the Board of Governors have attended and provided support for the NLC events. Its support, as well as the backing of the ABA/YLD, helps to fulfill the mission of supporting our newer lawyers. The New Lawyers Committee’s goal is to increase participation and awareness of its programs and services, and to continue to welcome and support the newest members of the New Hampshire legal community.

           

Contact Rose Anocibar at 224-6942, ext. 3214 or at ranocibar@nhbar.org if you have ideas for enhancing the Bar’s ability to reach out and support new lawyers.

 

 

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