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Bar News - November 23, 2007

Celebrate Professionalism Day with ‘Sue Unto You...”

The 2008 NHBA Midyear Membership Meeting takes place in Concord this year at the Grappone Conference Center.


What you need to know…


Don’t wait to register!

Space REALLY is limited at this site. The CLE programs in particular are likely to fill to capacity – so if you think a program is of interest, sign up before the New Year.


Gender Breakfast

The Gender Equality Committee is hard at work planning its annual breakfast, with information to come in a later issue on its guest speaker and the Philip Holman Gender Equality Award honoree.


Professionalism with humor

The Bar’s annual Professionalism Day program takes place in connection with the NHBA Midyear Meeting – a morning CLE program (exact times and credits TBA) that will provide a refreshing and humorous approach to the subject.


Humorist-at-Law Sean Carter – a former attorney and well-traveled CLE speaker, takes an irreverent yet insightful look at legal professionalism. He’ll explain how to put the “civil” back into civil litigation and remind lawyers in all practice areas to follow the Golden Rule – “Sue unto others as you would have them sue unto you.”


The program has an interactive component, with attendees participating in small-group discussions of challenging scenarios that will be facilitated by members of the Professionalism Committee.


Honors & Awards luncheon

The luncheon will feature presentations of awards honoring public service and the community lawyer. (See award nomination information below.)


CLE Selections in the Afternoon

Choose one of three” bread-and-butter” type substantive CLE programs that will provide insights and information you can apply in your practice. (See next column.)


Reception to End the Day

At the conclusion of the afternoon CLEs, stick around awhile for the free NHBA Midyear Meeting reception and catch up with colleagues. 


Afternoon CLE Programs


Tax, Business & Legal Aspects of Equity Planning for Employees and Family Members

2.5 NHMCLE Hours


Many companies use equity awards as incentives to bond their employees; as a surrogate when cash is required for working capital or growth; and as a way of spreading wealth amongst family members who don’t directly participate in the business. Using equity for these purposes can have significant legal, tax and business implications that should be taken into account in reaching that decision. An interdisciplinary panel of lawyers, accountants and businesspeople will discuss some of these basic considerations.


Alan L. Reisch, Program Chair/CLE Committee Member, Sheehan Phinney Bass+Green, Manchester

Tom Manson, Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson PLLC, Manchester

William C. Enck, CPA, APA, Senior Manager, Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, Portland, Maine

Additional faculty to be announced.


“On the Record” Appeals to the Superior Court from Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board decisions.”

2.0 NHMCLE Hours


“On the Record” appeals limit the evidence and hearing process to the “record” of the Zoning Board of Adjustment/Planning Board actions.   The panel will analyze what constitutes the “record,” how the record may be expanded, evidentiary issues; hearing procedures, pleadings, memorandums, burdens of proof and problem areas.  This program is a “must” for all land use and municipal attorneys.


John J. Ryan, Program Chair/CLE Committee Member, Casassa & Ryan, Hampton

Hon. John M. Lewis, New Hampshire Superior Court,

Malcolm R. McNeill, McNeill, Taylor & Gallo PA, Dover


The Superior Court Today (tentative title)



Associate Justices Larry Smukler and Tina Nadeau will address timely topics aimed at helping lawyers practice more effectively in the trial court.


Another key speaker may join the faculty. More details soon from Russell F. Hilliard, Program Chair/CLE Committee Member, Upton & Hatfield, LLP, Portsmouth.


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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