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Bar News - January 4, 2008

2008 Midyear Meeting

Jan. 15 is Early Registration Deadline


These are just a few of the ways to describe the experience of the NHBA Midyear Meeting.

Come for the timely and informative CLE programming. Find yourself inspired and entertained at the Professionalism Day program featuring legal humorist Sean Carter.

Applaud colleagues being recognized for exemplary public and professional service at the Honors & Awards luncheon. Renew contacts and make new ones at the free Midyear Meeting reception at the end of the day.

The 2008 NHBA Midyear Meeting comes to Concord on Friday, Feb. 15. This one-day meeting is packed full of CLEs and networking/social events. Space is limited at the Grappone Conference Center -- so don’t delay, register now and take advantage of the discounts for early-bird registration! Discounts are available until Jan. 15.

Gender Equality Breakfast Program
Start the day off by attending the Gender Equality Breakfast, and listen to Judge Kathleen McGuire’s fascinating discussion of the differences and similarities she has found between the legal communities of Russia and the United States.

Morning CLE Program:

Professionalism with Humor
Sean Carter, a former attorney and well-traveled national CLE presenter who bills himself as a "Humorist at Law" treats the topic with insight and irreverence, and then will collaborate with Professionalism Committee members and the audience in small-group discussions.

Choose from Three Timely CLEs in the Afternoon

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 will be addressed in an interactive format moderated by Russell F. Hilliard, Program Chair/CLE Committee Member, Upton & Hatfield, LLP, Portsmouth.

Daly Named 2008 Hollman Award Recipient
The NHBA Gender Equality Committee recently named Katharine Daly, recently retired Executive Director of the NH Human Rights Commission, as the recipient of the 2008 Hollman Award for Gender Equality. The award will be presented at the Gender Equality Breakfast at the Grappone Center in Concord on Feb. 15.

Judge McGuire To Speak at Gender Breakfast
Superior Court Associate Justice Kathleen McGuire 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 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 recipient will be announced in advance of the event.

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).

Pierce Law, Suffolk Law Alumni to Gather
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 Denice DeStefano at 603-715-3211 or at

Pierce Law Center alumni are invited for dinner on Friday, Feb. 15 following at the Midyear Meeting at a location TBD. Contact Jack Crisp at 603-224-5004 or at if you are interested in attending.

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

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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