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Bar News - July 4, 2008

Susan Hassan Appointed to Fill Vacated BOG Seat

Susan Hassan

At its June 20 meeting, held at the site of the 2008 Annual Meeting at the North Conway Grand Hotel, the NHBA Board of Governors voted to appoint Susan H. Hassan, of Concord, to serve as a governor-at-large, filling a seat vacated by the election of Marilyn B. McNamara as NHBA Vice President. Hassan, who has a solo practice in estate planning and trusts, is a member of the NHBA CLE and Finance Committees, and the Elder Law & Estate Planning Section. She will serve until the next BOG election in the spring, when a special election will be held to fill the remaining year of the original three-year term.

In other actions, the Board:

Named Cathy Green, of Manchester, as the NHBA representative on the state commission created under SB 484 to study sentencing of criminal defendants. Ellen Arnold, then-NHBA President-Elect, has been working on the alternative sentencing issue with members of the judiciary, executive branch and legislature and endorsed Greenís selection. Arnold said that alternative sentencing will be a focal topic for the Bar Association this year, and she promised the Board that it would be kept fully informed on the Commissionís work.

Outgoing Board Secretary Gretchen Witt and NHBA Assistant Executive Director Denice DeStefano presented an update on discussions regarding the creation of a Board of Governors seat representing the public sector/public interest attorneys in the Association. Proposed language for an amendment to the NHBA Constitution & Bylaws is being drafted for presentation to the Board at a later date.

Incoming President Arnold indicated that she will be soliciting suggestions from Board members of topics to be scheduled in advance for discussion by the Board, in addition to regular business items on the agenda. The Board of Governors next meets on Aug. 15 for a regular meeting and new member orientation.

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