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Bar News - January 18, 2008

Come to Concord for Midyear Meeting! Register NOW!


Check out the programming for the 2008 NHBA Midyear Meeting, this year being held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.


Don’t delay in making your plans, as there are three CLEs going on at the same time in the afternoon – and space for the program you choose may sell out. Also, be sure to attend the morning Professionalism Day program – which will feature thought-provoking scenarios on difficult issues AND a humorous discussion of professionalism challenges with national CLE speaker, attorney, and self-proclaimed Humorist-at-Law, Sean Carter.


Networking and social events are packed into one day – start the day early with the Gender Equality Breakfast; lunch with colleagues and friends and celebrate the accomplishments of Bar members at the Honors & Awards luncheon; and unwind at the day’s end at the Midyear Meeting reception.


Morning CLE Program: Professionalism with Humorist at Law Sean Carter


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.


‘Superior Court Today’ CLE Addresses Timely Topics


One of the three choices for programs in the afternoon of the 2008 NHBA Midyear Meeting is ‘Superior Court Today’ from 2 to 4:30 p.m. (2.0 NHMCLE credit hours) which features Superior Court Chief Justice Robert Lynn, and Associate Justices Larry Smukler and Tina Nadeau making brief presentations on specific topics and then answering your questions on the prepared topics, plus other issues of interest to attendees.


Topics to be addressed will include:


1. Rule 170 and Its Implications

2. Court Technology / Public Access

3. Alternative Sentencing Options

4. Med-Mal Screening Panels


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


Law School Alumni to Gather


Bar members are encouraged to host dinners with alumni of their law schools in conjunction with the 2008 Midyear Meeting. E-mail Denice DeStefano or call her at 603-715-321.


The Pierce Law Center alumni dinner will be held on Friday, Feb. 15 after the MYM,  location TBD. E-mail Jack Crisp or call him at 603 224-5004.


Suffolk University Law School will hold its dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Bedford Village Inn.  Contact Jeanmarie Papelian or Jennifer Parent.


The University of Virginia Alumni Dinner will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Richard’s Bistro in Manchester. Contact Brett Gifford at 603-513-5457 for directions or to make reservations.


Gender Equality Breakfast


Start off the day by attending the Gender Equality Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., where Superior Court Associate Justice Kathleen McGuire is the featured speaker and where Katharine Daly will receive the Hollman Award for Gender Equality.


Judge McGuire to Speak


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.


Hollman Award Presentation to Katharine Daly


The Hollman Award for Gender Equality will be presented to Katharine Daly, the recently retired director of the NH Human Rights Commission. For several years, Daly has worked with the Commission to promote a greater understanding of the issues involved in discrimination in all areas of the law and has been an advocate for gender equality throughout her career.

See the Midyear Meeting pages for more information (NOTE: this link will be live for a limited time only).

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