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Bar News - December 14, 2007

2008 Midyear Meeting Preview

Morning CLE Program

Annual Professionalism Day Program

The Bar’s annual Professionalism Day program takes place in connection with the NHBA Midyear Meeting – a morning CLE program (2.25 NHMCLE Professionalism Hours) provides 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.



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

“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

2.5 NHMCLE Hours (to be confirmed)

Superior Court Chief Justice Robert Lynn and Associate Justices Larry Smukler and Tina Nadeau will address timely topics aimed at helping lawyers practice more effectively in the trial court. Attendees’ questions about the implementation of the new Rule 170, scheduling of judges, med-mal pre-trial screeing panels and other subjects will be addressed in an interactive format moderated by Russell F. Hilliard, Program Chair/CLE Committee Member, Upton & Hatfield, LLP, Portsmouth.


Last Call! Nominations for MYM Awards

Nominations close Dec. 21 for the following awards to be presented at the Midyear Meeting:


Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service
This award memorializes the late Vickie M. Bunnell, a Colebrook lawyer, part-time judge and community volunteer. This award is presented to an attorney from a small firm (four or fewer attorneys) who has exhibited dedication and devotion to community service.


Distinguished Service to the Public Award

This award is presented to an individual for exemplary service to the public in the administration of justice.


NHBA Paralegal Professionalism Award

The NHBA annually honors a paralegal in NH who exhibits a high degree of professionalism; and has outstanding level of knowledge about his/her job, and is motivated to exceed expectations. The recipient will be someone who is a role model for other paralegals; and promotes paralegal work as a profession. Nominations should be in the form of a one-page narrative.


Please send nominations to:

MYM Awards

2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300

Concord, NH 03301-3502.



Judge McGuire to Address Gender Equality Breakfast

Superior Court Associate Justice Kathleen McGuire, a member of the trial court bench since xxxx, is the featured speaker for the NHBA’s Gender Equality Committee taking place on Friday, Feb. 15 at the 2008 NHBA Midyear Meeting.


Judge McGuire will share her insights on the roles of women in the legal profession and the justice system in the United States and Russia. In 1998, Judge McGuire was appointed by then-Chief Justice David A. Brock to chair of the NH-Vologda Rule of Law Partnership, an initiative of the NH Supreme Court to collaborate on a series of exchanges and projects involving NH judges and lawyers and their counterparts in Russia. The projects are entirely funded by federal grants.


The breakfast program also will feature the presentation of the fifth annual Philip S. Hollman Equality Award.  )The nomination period for the award closes on Dec. 18. Past recipients of the Hollman Award are Honey Hastings (2007), Linda Johnson (2006), Maureen Raiche Manning (2005) and the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office (2004).  


Send your nominations by Dec. 18, 2007 to either of the Gender Equality Committee’s co-chairs, Danielle L. Pacik ( or Elizabeth Baker (  Please include a brief description of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.



 An Invitation: Organize a Law School Dinner  

Bar members are encouraged to host dinners with alumni of their law school in conjunction with the 2008 Midyear Meeting. If you are interested in coordinating a law school dinner, please contact Christine Richards at 603-715-3267 or Denice DeStefano at 603-715-3211 or at


Suffolk University Law School is slated to hold its gathering on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Bedford Village Inn.  Contact Suffolk law school dinner organizers Jeanmarie Papelian or Jennifer Parent at the McLane law firm or at or 





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