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Bar News - February 23, 2007

Commune with Colleagues on Professionalism Day


Attorneys and judges will gather in superior courthouses in every county on Friday, March 9 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. for NHBA Statewide Professionalism Day, co-sponsored by the Committee on Professionalism and the CLE Committee.


 This program returns to its “statewide” roots with 11 simultaneous events (each county courthouse including the North and South courthouses in Hillsborough County) featuring locally produced video vignettes of sticky situations and offering freewheeling discussions with your colleagues.


The fact that practitioners can attend programs in their own communities provides not only convenience but also enhances the experience by allowing participants at each program to discuss ethics and professionalism scenarios in the context of practice in their own locales.


The fees for this CLE program, which qualifies for 2.0 NHMCLE Ethics hours, is $20 for newer NHBA members (admitted after January 2002) and $60 for all other members.


Three vignettes—featuring your colleagues from the Professionalism Committee—will be viewed as a basis for discussion of professionalism issues in practice. One vignette (developed by Paul Pudlowski) depicts an attorney meeting with the spouse, a pro se litigant, of her client in a divorce and the complications that ensue. Arnold Rosenblatt developed another scenario of a deposition that raises several distinct issues, including notice and scheduling, proper types of objections, and other issues involving delegation of defense at the deposition to an inexperienced associate. Lastly, a scene of the negotiation of a corporate transaction, developed by Kristin Mendoza and Jane Taylor, raises a number of issues including civility and unexpected complications. 


Facilitators at each location will moderate the discussions that follow.


Past attendees have given enthusiastic reviews to the educational value and the collegiality engendered by these programs. “There is simply no better way to interact with fellow New Hampshire lawyers,” wrote one attendee.


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