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Bar News - May 4, 2007

Section Discusses Proposed Professional Conduct Rules


Attorney John Norton—shown far left, facing forward and speaking—gave a presentation to the members of the NHBA Mental and Physical Disabilities Law Section on April 11, 2007, on the topic of the proposed changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct. He focused his talk on rules affecting attorneys who represent clients with disabilities. The group also had a business meeting which included scheduling future meetings and educational presentations for the rest of the year and planning for the annual election of section officers (term of office runs from June 1, 2007-May 31, 2008).


Norton told the group that the Rules changes are a positive improvement for clients with disabilities, and treats them with “dignity and respect.” He especially praised Rule 1.6 on client confidentiality for allowing attorneys to better protect the privacy of disabled clients. “Of all the ethical rules you have to use in real life, this is one of the nicest changes I’ve seen.” He also applauded the court’s new “unbundling” rules, which allow for “discrete task representation in litigation” to make it more affordable for citizens to hire an attorney to assist them with just the critical parts of court proceedings that they need and makes it more economical for attorneys to represent lower-income clients. “We are not the first state to do it, but New Hampshire has the best and most comprehensive rules on unbundling in the nation.”


If you are interested in joining the Section for the 2007-08 membership year, you can sign up when you get your NH Bar Association dues renewal letter at the end of the fiscal year (May 31, 2007). If you would like to learn more or attend a meeting, contact NHBA Section Coordinator Patty Frechette at or 603-715-3257.


Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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