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Bar News - February 8, 2008

Midyear Membership Meeting February 15—It’s a Meeting Not to Miss!



The New Hampshire Bar Association’s Midyear Membership Meeting is February 15, 2008.  This year’s meeting is being held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.  A full- day program is planned with a selection of CLE’s in the afternoon.  The Professionalism Program is part of the Midyear Membership Meeting this year.


Professionalism Day was planned as part of the Midyear Meeting this year because Midyear Meeting was slated for the same date that the Professionalism Day program would traditionally have taken place in its one-site mode (i.e. Professionalism Day is held, if possible, the Friday after Valentine’s Day).


A number of years ago, the Association decided to hold Professionalism Day in 11 venues around the state, alternating with the program being held in one large venue every other year to bring everyone from around the state together.  (Also, the Association does not have the resources to conduct the meetings in each county every year due to the tremendous amount of logistical work necessary to produce programs in 11 venues). 


Start your morning off with the Gender Equality Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The Gender Equality Committee has planned an interesting, informative breakfast. Superior Court Judge Kathleen McGuire is the featured speaker. During the breakfast, the annual Hollman Award will be presented to Katherine Daly, retired executive director of the NH Commission on Human Rights. 


After breakfast, attend the morning Professionalism CLE Program which features nationally known “legal humorist” Sean Carter.  Sean Carter has appeared at a New England Bar Association meeting, at ABA meetings and will be appearing at the National Conference of Bar Presidents this August in New York. Sean and the Professionalism Committee have planned a morning full of discussion and interaction, with CLE credit. 


Governor John Lynch is the featured speaker at the Midyear luncheon. Always a popular and engaging speaker, Governor Lynch will discuss relevant issues.  Lunch will also feature the Bar Association’s annual awards and business meeting.  There will also be updates on the courts, new rules and programs.


The afternoon session offers a choice of three CLE’s:  (1) The Superior Court Today, (2) Tax, Business & Legal Aspects of Equity Planning, or (3) Appeals to the Superior Court from Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board Decisions.  A significant amount of time and effort has been spent planning this Midyear Membership Meeting to offer a broad selection of programs intended to generate interest and attendance among members, as well as to offer useful information relevant to members’ practices. 


The meeting concludes with a cash bar reception, offering another opportunity for networking and fellowship for members.


So don’t miss this Midyear Membership Meeting.  I look forward to seeing you on February 15th!  (See pages 8 to 9 for registration information and other details. Don’t delay, as capacity at the Grappone Center is limited.)   It will be a day full of professionalism, collegiality and knowledge, all the things the New Hampshire Bar is about.


Section Policy Change Update


On December 20, 2007, the Board of Governors and the leaders of all of the sections met to address the recent concerns about the section policy changes, namely, the $25.00 fee for section CLE’s.  The issues and resolutions discussed were brought to the January meeting of the Board of Governors.  The Board voted to suspend the $25.00 fee. 


The section leaders and Board of Governor officers will meet again to continue to work to resolve these section issues. 


Many good ideas came out of that meeting on December 20, 2007.  In addition to the $25.00 fee being suspended, a section leader ListServ list was created, which is up and running.             


The Association will schedule quarterly meetings of section leaders to continue the communication with each other and with the Board of Governors.  It is apparent that communication between members, section leaders and the Board of Governors is a significant factor which must be maintained.


I will bring you more developments as they occur.


Eleanor Wm. Dahar, of Dahar Professsional Association in Manchester, is the 2007-08 NH Bar President.


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