Bar News - February 9, 2007
Board Provides Input on NHBA Budget, Activities
Culminating a months-long process that involved Board of Governors members, Bar Association executive staff and a focus group comprised of a diverse group of Bar members, the Board at the Jan. 25 meeting participated in an advisory “post-it” poll to indicate preferences among a list of potential program changes and innovations.
Board members and NHBA senior management staff, each equipped with a limited number of “post-it” notes, pasted their “votes” for program changes on flip chart sheets pasted around the walls. The various initiatives—which emerged from several work sessions by the Board and weeks of research and discussion by NHBA senior management—described program changes designed to meet identified goals for the Association, to raise non-dues revenue, or enhance current services. The suggestions and initiatives covered every area of Bar activity—from CLE, to Sections, Communications, Pro Bono, Legal Services, and administration.
The choices indicated in the non-binding “post-it poll” will be incorporated into planning for the next NHBA budget for the fiscal year starting June 1, 2007, depending on feasibility. The goal-setting and priority planning process will be discussed more fully in the next issue of Bar News in an article by immediate past president Richard Uchida, who began work on the effort during his year as Bar president.
In other actions, the Board:
- Received an update on the proposed rules of civil procedure being drafted by members of the Committee on Cooperation With the Courts, at the request of the Supreme Court. (See article on page 15.)
- Approved policies and contract language for the rental of the NHBA Seminar room for non-Bar Association meetings, subject to certain limitations and requirements. Pending follow-up on a few details, the policies will be posted at www.nhbar.org.
- Security pilot project update. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office is making decisions on card-reader equipment to be purchased for magnetic cards to be used by Bar members in conjunction with their NHBA picture ID cards.
- Voted not to renew a contract to provide access to the Work/Life Balance Program through the www.nhbar.org site, launched last year in response to member interest in issues of time management and work/life balance. Due to low use of the Work/Life Balance Program on the Web site, the Association is in the process of considering alternative services or programs to help members with work/life balance issues. Additional offerings in this area will be promoted on the Web site, in Bar News and the eBulletin later this spring. (For questions or comments please contact Rose Anocibar, Member Services Coordinator, at email@example.com).
- Discussed several members’ concerns that the number of superior court judges has been reduced so much that civil dockets are growing to critical levels, particularly in Sullivan, Coos, and Grafton counties. Bar officers will raise this issue at upcoming bench-bar meetings with leaders of the courts.
It was also announced that a CLE program put on by the Federal Practice Section will be scaled back to a one-day program on Sept. 27, 2007. Larry Vogelman, an NHBA governor-at-large who is involved in the program planning, said the section—based on input from the Board—decided to scale back from what had been a two-day program with an overnight at a resort hotel. Vogelman said the essential elements of the CLE programming will be preserved in a one-day format at a Concord site by having the program start early and conclude with a dinner program.
Executive Director Jeannine McCoy also provided Board members with a “You Should Know” fact-sheet detailing the level of activity with certain Bar operations in the past months.
McCoy also reported that collection efforts are underway on a small number of delinquent accounts for dues. At one point earlier this fall, 168 accounts were delinquent; that number had been reduced to fewer than 27 by the time of the meeting.
McCoy also reported that at least one candidate is running for each open seat on the NHBA Board of Governors for the 2007 election taking place starting in March. (The deadline for nomination petitions is Feb. 15. See petition form on page 13.)