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Bar News - February 8, 2008

Midyear Meeting

Morning CLE Program:

Professionalism Day 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.


Special low tuition rates for this program (even lower for newer attorneys) qualifying for 2.25 NHMCLE Ethics/Professionalism Credits.



Timely Topics Addressed in ‘Superior Court Today’ CLE


Superior Court Chief Justice Robert Lynn, along with Hon. Tina Nadeau and Hon. Larry Smukler, associate justices, will participate in a panel discussion led by NHBA CLE Committee member and program chair Russell Hilliard.


Among the topics the judges expect to discuss are:


  • The implementation and various issues associated with the new Rule 170 alternative dispute resolution program, which is now mandatory statewide for all civil cases.
  • Court technology and electronic access to public court records;
  • Alternative sentencing options
  • An update on the medical malpractice screening panels that are convened for pre-trial screening of cases.
  • Bring your questions to this important program. But if you have not registered – do not delay, as space is limited for all of the CLE programs.



The NHBA CLE Committee, during the afternoon, also offers:



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



Katherine Stearns Is Ross Award-Winner;

Gov. Lynch Speaks at Luncheon


Katherine Stearns

The Honors & Awards luncheon will feature the presentation of the Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor to Katherine Stearns, of New London.          


The Pro Bono Referral Program will also present a series of awards to Pro Bono attorneys and firms that have contributed significantly to access to justice in the past year.


Aniko Bouley, of Goff & Wilson, will be presented with the Paralegal Professionalism award. (Details in next issue.)

            To be revealed later will be the recipients of the Bunnell Award for Community Service and the NHBA President’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Public.


Governor John Lynch, a fellow NHBA member, will provide members with an update on his priorities and comment on the challenges ahead for NH at the Honors & Awards luncheon.


And at the end of the day… Bar members are invited  to attend a no-cost (cash bar) reception to catch up with colleagues and friends.



Thanks to Our Exhibitors & Event Sponsors


ABA Retirement Funds

Advanced Resources Marketing

Campaign for Legal Services

CourtCall, LLC

Data Inquiry

EPS Settlements


Arthur G. Greene, Law Firm Consultant



Martin, Lord & Osman, PA

NHBA Insurance Agency, Inc.

New Hampshire Bar Foundation

Paralegal Association of NH


Robson Forensic, Inc.

Secure Alert



Last Call for Registrations!


Registrations after Feb. 8 will be accepted on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.

Space at the Grappone Center is LIMITED.


Although registrations will be accepted at the door, it is advisable to send in your registration and credit card payment via fax at 603 224-3729.



2008 Pro Bono Awards


This year, the NH Bar Pro Bono Referral Program is taking a different approach to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of individual attorneys and firms in serving the needs of low-income individuals. 


The following awards for Distinguished Pro Bono Service will be presented at the Honors & Awards luncheon at the 2008 Midyear Meeting.


Alethea L. Froburg -   North Country

 Paul W. Mullen -   North Country 

Ronald P. Indorf -   Sole Practitioner 

Alvin E. Nix Jr. -   Sole Practitioner 

Judith Ann Roman -   Sole Practitioner 

Joel J. Rogge -   Sole Practitioner 

Shanelaris & Schirch -   Small Law Firm 

McLane, Graf,  Raulerson & Middleton -   Large Law Firm 

Wiggin & Nourie -   Large Law Firm 

John C. Norton -   Leadership 

David L. Nixon -   DOVE Project 

Devine, Millimet & Branch  (SWAT Team) -   Innovative Project


In addition, two newcomers to the Pro Bono Program will be recognized with Rising Star awards:

John L McGowan

Heather M. Tacconi 



Gender Equality Breakfast Program


Start off the day by attending the Gender Equality Breakfast. The event will feature a discussion with Judge Kathleen McGuire, providing insights on women in the legal profession in Russia and the US, and the presentation of the Hollman Award for Gender Equality to Katharine Daly, retired executive director of the NH Commission on Human Rights.


Use the “Individual Events Registration” portion of the registration form on this page to register for the breakfast.

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