Bar News - July 6, 2007
President’s Perspective: Making Your Bar Association Relevant
By: Eleanor Wm. Dahar
NH Bar Association President Eleanor Wm Dahar
We’re off…! My year as president of the New Hampshire Bar Association has officially begun. It’s an honor to be president of this great association.
First, I want to thank Rich McNamara for all of his hard work during his year as president. He advocated on behalf of the membership for the court security pilot project and the Lawyers’ Assistance Program. His efforts achieved success on both initiatives.
Although he has passed the gavel to me, my first act as President is to enlist Rich McNamara to continue with the court security project, to ensure success in Hillsborough County and to encourage other counties to adopt the program for security and fairness.
This year, I intend to work with the Board to keep the New Hampshire Bar Association relevant to its members. The membership is the Bar Association. We are the future of the Bar Association. It is up to us to keep the Association relevant to its members and in its service to the public. The Association is only as good as its members.
One of the best things I have done is to become active in the New Hampshire Bar Association. Over the last few years, I have traveled to local and county bar meetings to meet you, to listen to your questions and comments and to tell you what the Bar Association is doing. I encourage all of you to become involved in the Association.
During the coming year, I will continue to promote civility and professionalism among the Bar members. The legal profession is a great profession. Continuing to promote the value of attorneys is a priority. Attorneys provide significant contributions to the Bar Association through their pro bono work, to their communities through service on non-profit boards, civic groups and town councils and to students and the public through coaching sports, assisting with law-related education and other school activities. It is important to recognize the time and commitment of our members to their profession, their communities and the public.
The Board and I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions as to how the Bar Association can better serve you, its members. The future of our Association and our profession depends on our ability to keep the Bar Association relevant.
During this year, when I call you and ask you to serve on a committee or a task force, or to participate in a survey or to take a pro bono case, I hope you will take my call and I hope you will accept my challenge to become involved. The Bar Association needs you!
I look forward to seeing you at bar meetings and working with you in the year ahead.
Eleanor Wm. Dahar, 2007-08 president of the New Hampshire Association, practices law at the Dahar Professional Association in Manchester. She may be reached at 603/622-6595 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.