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Bar News - November 14, 2008

Members Approve Amendments

At a special membership meeting on Nov. 3 at the Bar Center, NHBA members in attendance approved a number of amendments to the NHBA Constitution and Bylaws. The bylaws changes take effect immediately; the NHBA Constitutional amendments must be approved by the NH Supreme Court. A petition by the Bar seeking its approval for those changes has been delivered to the Court.

Perhaps the most significant change in the Constitution and Bylaws is the creation of a "Public Sector Governor" seat on the Board of Governors for an attorney employed by a public sector/public interest entity. The proposed amendments in the Constitution and Bylaws was amended at the meeting to incorporate language that references the criterion for public sector/public interest entities "as established by the Public Sector/Public Interest Task Force".1 (See footnote to Article VI, Section 3 for criterion.)

Also, in Article I, section 2, all Bar members will now be required to provide an e-mail address to the Bar Association.Most of the other amendments largely make housekeeping changes to reflect current practice such as Association correspondence and the role of the NHBA treasurer.

View the amended version of the Bylaws: digest of the proposed amendments was published in the Oct. 17 issue of Bar News.

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