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Bar News - December 14, 2007

Board Nominates Tenn for 2008 President-Elect


James J. Tenn

As called for by NHBA Bylaws Article 6, Section 3, the Board of Governors at its Nov. 15 meeting nominated James J. Tenn, currently NHBA Vice President, as President-Elect in the election to be held this spring. (A petition for candidates for officer or governor positions that will appear on the 2008 ballot appears on page 17.) This year’s President-elect, Ellen Arnold, will serve as President in the coming year.


The Board discussed a number of issues and reviewed several pieces of correspondence prepared by NHBA President Eleanor Dahar, including:

         The rollout of the new Rule 170 alternative dispute resolution program, announced last month in a letter jointly signed by NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John T. Broderick, Jr., Superior Court Chief Justice Robert Lynn, Karen Borgstrom, Director of the Judicial Branch Office of Mediation and Arbitration, and President Dahar. The NHBA played a key role in discussions between practicing attorneys and court officials in crafting revisions to the ADR program to address various economic and operational concerns of all parties. (For details, go to

         Concerns voiced by members of some sections regarding new policies and fees set by the Board for section meetings featuring NHMCLE-credit programs. (See President Dahar’s letter on this issue on page 4.)

         The imposition of emergency measures and the arrest of members of Pakistan’s Supreme Court. The Board authorized NHBA President Dahar to communicate the Association’s support for the Rule of Law in Pakistan and the members of the country’s legal community who are standing up for that principle. The Bar Web site and e-Bulletin will continue to facilitate communications to Bar members regarding the response of the American legal community to this rule of law issue.


Graham Chynoweth, chair of the Family Law Section – the Bar’s largest section – was the first section leader invited to address the Board as part of an ongoing series of interviews with key constituent groups in the Bar. Chynoweth and Board members discussed what Chynoweth has identified as a major concern of many family law practitioners – a perceived de-emphasis on the role of attorneys in family law matters.


The Board’s next meeting is tentatively set for Dec. 20, 2007.



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