At its Sept. 18, 2008 meeting, the NHBA Board of Governors authorized a number of amendments to be voted on by the membership at a special membership meeting.
Among the highlights of the proposed amendments to the NHBA Constitution and By-Laws, is the creation of a new at-large seat on the Board of Governors to represent the interests of public sector members statewide. All voting members of the NHBA (those on active status) may vote to fill this seat, although its occupant must be a Bar member who is eligible by nature of his or her employment by a public sector or public-interest entity.
Digest of proposed amendments to NHBA By-Laws.
Digest of proposed amendments to NHBA Constitution.
The amendments also change the terms of the treasurer and secretary from one-year terms with unlimited tenure, to three-year terms with an option for a second term only.
Other changes include:
• Modifying language to reflect policies in place, particularly with regard to the duties of various officers, standing committees and overall organizational practices;
• Requiring an e-mail address for all Active status members;
• Adding language to allow for electronic voting for annual NHBA elections.
The Board considered, but voted against, a proposal to allow someone who has held the office of Bar president to run again for the top position after a hiatus.
Also, the NHBA Board of Governors gave tentative approval for the NHBA to investigate the purchase of the office space at the Bar Center under the terms of a purchase option obtained when the Bar leased the space in 2006.
(The will provide more information on the potential acquisition of the Bar Center in a future issue.)
In other actions, the Board voted to appoint Past President James Gleason to a three-year term on the New England Bar Association Board.
The Board received a detailed update on the operations of the NHBA Insurance Agency from Insurance Agency Board Chair Russell Hilliard. The agency, as a for-profit subsidiary, is only slightly above a "break-even" point, recent results show. Hilliard said that while the balance sheet shows a close balance between expenses and commission revenue, the agency benefits Bar members tremendously by providing a substantial amount of personalized guidance and services to members at virtually no cost.
The Board next meets on Oct. 30 at the Hanover Inn. Members of the NHBA located in the northern counties are particularly invited to attend. The Board plans to devote the majority of the meeting time to hearing from Supreme Court Associate Justice Gary Hicks about the Business Court. The meeting’s location is also intended to provide a forum to hear what is on the minds of local members. More details on the meeting and a post-meeting reception will be made available soon.