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Bar News - October 17, 2008

Midyear Meeting 2009: Choose Timely, Practical CLEs Offered by Sections

Morning Programs (9:00 a.m. to noon)

General Litigation
Rule 170 and Beyond:  ADR Requirements and Techniques

The Director of the Office of Mediation & Arbitration explores the new Rule 170 proces and a panel of experienced practitioners will address:

• Advocating effectively in ADR

• Apologies and the intersection of logic and emotion in mediation

• Mediating third-party liability cases

• Ethical duties of lawyers and mediators in mediation

• Tailoring an effective mediation settlement

• Mediating with multiple parties

Faculty - Barry M. Scotch, Program Chair; Karen J. Borgstrom, Director, Judicial Branch Office of Mediation & Arbitration; Lucy J. Karl, and Timothy G. Kerrigan.

Real Property
Bankruptcy Changes, Updates Affecting Real Estate Conveyances

The session will review and explain recent Bankruptcy code changes, and case law that specifically touch on real estate matters.

Faculty - John J. Ryan, Program Chair; Connie Boyles Lane, Section Vice Chair; Charles W. Gallagher; and Kenneth J. Gould.

Family Law
Main Street Not Wall Street:  Representing Middle Income Clients in Divorce

Experienced practitioners will focus on identifying and addressing the needs of middle income clients in divorce, including: cost-effective discovery, efficient litigation techniques, effective negotiation and mediation of settlements, and avoiding costly pitfalls.

Faculty - Charles L. Greenhalgh, Program Chair; Margaret R. Kerouac, Family Law Section Vice Chair; John P. Kalled; and Teresa A. Mahoney-Mullen. Additional faculty TBA.

Afternoon Programs (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Criminal Law
Sentencing Reform: NH’s Initiatives to Redesign the Criminal Justice System

This program will provide an update on the work of a legislative commission, chaired by Senator Margaret Hassan, examining alternative sentencing in NH. Also, to be reviewed will be outcomes from a two-day sentencing conference organized by Superior Court Justice Tina Nadeau and a study by the Interbranch Council on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. The session will include remarks from a national speaker, and a panel discussion on current projects around the state, and a discussion of where we go from here.

Faculty - Cathy J. Green, NHBA Commission Representative and CLE Program Chair; Hon. Tina L. Nadeau; Sen. Margaret C.W. Hassan. Additional faculty TBA.

Business Law
Negotiation Strategies and Techniques for Corporate Lawyers

Nearly all corporate attorneys must engage in negotiations, on contracts, transactions, employment issues or other matters. Negotiation as an essential practice skill is often overlooked. This program provides strategies and techniques to make participants more effective negotiators.

Faculty - Alan L. Reische, Program Chair; Matthew W. Benson, Section Chair; Melinda S. Gehris; Moshe Cohen. Additional faculty TBA.

Employment Law
What’s New at the EEOC: Changes on Disability Accommodation, Religious Discrimination,
Caregiver Responsibilities

For the EEOC, 2008 was a significant year. The Americans with Disabilities Act was amended, and the EEOC issued new directives for employers on issues involving disability, religion, and caregivers. Reasonable accommodation, disparate treatment and best practices for complying with laws in these areas will be the focus of the panel’s discussion.

Faculty - Debra Dyleski-Najjar, Program Co-Chair; Julie A. Moore, Program Co-Chair, Kenneth J. Barnes, Section Chair; Lauren Simon Irwin; Linda S. Johnson; and Jennifer Shea Moeckel.

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