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Bar News - December 15, 2006

2007 Midyear Meeting Preview: Schedule Highlights

Thursday, February 15


Morning CLE


Supreme Court Forum

(9:00- 11:30 a.m.)


All five members of the NH Supreme Court have agreed to participate in this “don’t wanna miss” CLE. Members of the Court will informally discuss upcoming developments, issues and proposed rules changes affecting all courts. Hear from all five justices their insights and pointers from their unique perspectives on more effective appellate advocacy.


Experienced and new trial and appellate attorneys will benefit from this program. The format allows ample time for a freewheeling discussion between the Bench and the Bar.


Honors & Awards Luncheon and Business Meeting


Stay for lunch or drop in to mingle with colleagues from the bench and bar and to salute members of the profession who are being honored for their service to the public. On your way to lunch, stop by our exhibitors – vendors to the legal community as well as members of the NHBA staff who are on hand to answer your questions about Association programs, services and volunteer opportunities. 


Afternoon CLE


Balancing Work and Life 

(1:30 to 5:00 p.m.)


 It’s a question every one is asking: How can I achieve the right balance between the demands of my personal and professional life? This interactive, multi-faceted program is designed to help you come up with answers that you can live with.


The Bar Association’s recent member surveys have pinpointed common areas of concern about work-life balance, and the shortage of time that many members feel. The Bar has recently completed an aspirational document, “The Work-Life Canons,” which provide guidelines that individual lawyers as well as law firm managers and supervisors can use to help gauge whether they are allowing professional demands to overwhelm the desired work-life balance.


This program also will include a discussion of how stress and an improper work-life balance has resulted in discipline and malpractice complaints.


Life coach Betsy Black, a former NH attorney, will also introduce some strategies and concepts for attendees to employ in considering the work-life balance in their lives.


The program will conclude with a panel discussion of how individual lawyers have addressed the work-life balance in their own lives, and how to advocate with law firm employers to provide for healthy lawyer lifestyles.


Friday, February 16


Morning CLE


Attorney-Client Privilege CLE

(9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)


A timely, practical and thought-provoking program of interest to all attorneys – this cornerstone of the attorney-client relationship is, some say, under assault, while others say it is receiving a much-needed re-examination. This program, directed to attorneys, will feature knowledgeable, experienced practitioners from several fields exploring privilege and client confidentiality developments in the law, including:


  • The federal government’s controversial “Thompson Memo” policy of requiring that corporations waive the attorney/client privilege and work-product protections to secure full credit for “cooperation” during prosecutorial decision-making. 
  • New Hampshire’s changing rules of professional conduct and the duties of confidentiality owed to the “prospective client.”
  • The “advice of counsel” defense and its impact on client relations and the confidentiality of client communications.
  • The resolution of tensions between a lawyer’s ethical obligation of client confidentiality and competing concerns for the welfare of others.
  • The interface between the attorney/client privilege and a lawyer’s broader ethical duty to protect confidential information relating to the representation.


PROGRAM Chair:  Peter Beeson, CLE Committee Member, Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A.


Barbara R. Keshen, American Civil Liberties Union

Steven M. Gordon, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A.

Mitchell M. Simon, Professor of Law, Pierce Law (and Of Counsel, Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A.

Terry Ollila, Assistant United States Attorney, Office of the United States Attorney

William L. Chapman, Orr & Reno, P.A.


Midyear Meeting Networking Luncheon 

(1:00 – 2:00 p.m.)

Enjoy lunch and socialize with your colleagues. 



Afternoon Programs

(2:00-4:00 p.m.)


Top 10 Things To Know about Opening/Operating a Law Office


A roundtable discussion with lawyers from small or solo law firms who have “been there, done that” regarding what to do and what not to do as you get your law firm up and running – or take as a refresher course. This program is designed to provide you with “take-home” tips on productivity suggestions or resource ideas you can put into practice as soon as you return to your office.


Law Practice Management Resources at As part of the program, there will be a guided tour to the wealth of resources on your Bar’s Web site – forms, sample letters, sample policies and procedures you can use, places to go for answers, and other free or low-cost resources. 


CLE Video Replay

(2:00 to 4:00 p.m.)

Topic for experienced practitioners – TBD.



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