Bar News - December 15, 2006
Guiding Principles for Work-Life Balance Endorsed
At its Nov. 16 meeting, the NHBA Board of Governors voted to approve a Work-Life Balance Creed that aims to provide guidance and support to members of the Bar in achieving and maintaining a healthy balance between the demands of their personal and professional lives.
The document, which contains six “canons” or principles, is the fruit of nearly one year’s work by a Work-Life Balance Task Force, co-chaired by NHBA President Richard B. McNamara and NHBA Vice President Ellen Arnold. It is believed to be the first aspirational creed by a bar association to support more balanced lifestyles of lawyers.
Plans are in the works for expanded dissemination and discussion of the Work-Life Balance Creed (See page 8 for text) including discussion at a 2007 Midyear Meeting CLE, “How to Balance Work and Home Life,” on Thursday, Feb. 15. (See pages 20-21 for more on Midyear Meeting programming.)
The Board also voted unanimously to nominate Ellen L. Arnold, currently NHBA vice president, as president-elect for the next Bar year. The president-elect candidate is traditionally a nominee of the Board; other candidates for officers or governor on the Board (with the exception of president) are nominated by petition of the members. (The BOG nomination petition appears on page 17.)
The Board also reviewed a petition – previously approved in concept—sent to the NH Supreme Court in support of a concept for the funding of the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP). The proposal supported by the solicitation calls for funding to come through a portion of the assessment from the Public Protection Fund, and is accompanied by a suggestion to the Court that, in light of anticipated funding levels and maximum claims exposures, the annual contribution to the fund by attorneys be reduced this year. (See pages 1 &2 of the Nov. 3, 2006 issue of Bar News for details on the proposal.)
Regarding other items on its agenda, the Board:
- voted to accept the auditor’s report for the NHBA’s finances for the 2005-06 fiscal year.
- was updated on plans by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to implement a pilot project to expedite the screening of attorneys at the Hillsborough County Courthouses. More details via e-mail or Bar News will be provided as they are received.
- was briefed on the upcoming legislative session by Attorney John MacIntosh, the Bar’s legislative representative. MacIntosh said that the legislature faces much turnover as a result of the November elections, and that this will likely slow the progress of bills being introduced and reviewed as new lawmakers and new legislative leaders experience a learning curve.