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Bar News - December 19, 2008

Marilyn McNamara Nominated; Title Standards Approved

At its Dec. 4, 2008, meeting, the NHBA Board of Governors unanimously nominated Vice President Marilyn B. McNamara as President-Elect for the 2009-2010 Bar year, as called for in Article VI, section 4 of the NHBA Bylaws. James J. Tenn, the current President-Elect, automatically takes office as Bar President at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in June. (See Board of Governors petition for other offices.)

Also, the Board approved the 2008 update to the Real Property Section’s Title Standards. The Section, according to Carol Brooks, of the Title Standards Revision committee, has decided to produce yearly updates to the Title Standards, which underwent a comprehensive 10-year update last year. The new version of the Title Standards is available to anyone in the "Legal Links" area of  (Brooks also will chair an NHBA CLE program on the new Standards on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.)

The Board also approved a joint resolution, with the NH Bar Foundation Board, in support of IOLTA participation and enhancement. (See page 19 for a copy of the proclamation.) NHBF Chair Philip Hollman and Richard Uchida, a Bar Foundation board member, spoke on behalf of the resolution.

The meeting included brief informational sessions with:

• Members of the Pro Bono Board, led by John Norton, chair, and including Cathy Shanelaris and Beth Davis, spoke to the Board about the important services provided by, and the challenges ahead for, the Pro Bono Program in the difficult economy. Norton noted the critical importance of IOLTA funding to the Pro Bono Program’s efforts.

• Judge Tina Nadeau, of the Superior Court, spoke about the recent Sentencing Conference that drew more than 300 participants from the courts, prosecution and defense attorneys, and social services and local and state government officials. A version of her report is posted in Newsroom, and a brief article appears on page 35. (Judge Nadeau is one of the speakers at the Sentencing alternatives CLE at the Midyear Meeting. See page 24.)

The Board also voted to approve the following appointments:

• Donald F. Hebert and Carol Kunz to the Pro Bono Governing Board, for three-year terms.

• Jon-Mark Turner of Manchester as the NHBA representative to the NH Legal Assistance Board, for a three-year term.

The Board also received a copy of a letter from a client regarding attorney Jim Ferro, lauding his professionalism and compassion.

The next meeting of the NHBA Board of Governors is scheduled for Jan. 22 at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH, site of the 2009 NHBA Midyear Meeting, which begins the following day.

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