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Bar News - June 20, 2008


Presidentís Perspective: A Farewell Note

By:

Eleanor Wm. Dahar

Here it is Ė my final article as president of the New Hampshire Bar Association! It is hard to believe that the year has passed so quickly.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you, the members, for my wonderful year as president. It was a great opportunity to meet you at local, county and state bar meetings. Meeting and greeting incoming Bar Association members at the NH Supreme Court and U.S. District Court swearing-in ceremonies were also nice occasions for me as president.

The Bar Association remains a strong and vital organization. It continues to provide services to its members and the public.

As with all organizations, there are and will continue to be, budget issues to address; however, with the able leadership of incoming president Ellen Arnold, the Association will remain in good hands.

Being involved with the Bar Association is an eye-opening experience as well as a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor. I strongly encourage all members to become involved Ė run for a board position or vice president!

After the Annual Meeting on June 20, I will become the Past President. I am looking forward to this position - a large title with minimal work.

I know my father and brothers are eager to return all of my cases to me and have me resume my full workload as of July first! I suspect they are happy that my term as President is concluding! I also suspect they are scheming and planning long-awaited vacations.

Thank you again for making this an enjoyable year and a wonderful experience as president of your Bar Association. I thank you for taking the time to respond to my requests for comments during the year. Thank you for your service to the Association and your profession.

Truly, it has been an honor to represent the membership and the Association and it has been an honor working with you and for you. I wish all of you continued success.

Eleanor Wm. Dahar, of the Dahar Professional Association in Manchester, is the 2007-2008 NHBA President.

Editorís Note: Eleanor Daharís year as Bar President included a focus on the significant impact on the community of the public service contributed by lawyers, both through Bar Association programs and individual efforts. At the Midyear Meeting, solo and small firm lawyers were honored collectively with the Bunnell Award, recognizing the incredible number of "unsung heroes" who participate and lead boards and projects in their communities. Also at the Midyear Meeting, the hundreds of Rule 170 volunteers who have served our justice system were recognized with the Distinguished Service to the Public award. For Law Day (and beyond), the Bar created the Rule of Law website covering the international volunteerism of our bar members.

To wrap up this yearís focus, the Bar News will publish a special section in the next issue (July 4) that highlights some of our Bar membersí community service efforts. Please look it over when it comes out. This coverage helps affirm the positive contributions our bar members make to their community and to the world, and, hopefully, provides inspiration to some to do more.

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