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Bar News - January 16, 2009


NH Supreme Court Orders

In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 37(3)(a), the court reappoints Benette Pizzimenti, Alan J. Cronheim and Richard H. Darling to the Professional Conduct Committee of the Attorney Discipline System. The terms of Attorney Pizzimenti, Attorney Cronheim and Mr. Darling are for three years and expire on December 31, 2011.

Attorney Pizzimenti is designated to serve as one of the committee’s vice-chairs.

December 3, 2008
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
Supreme Court of New Hampshire

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Pursuant to Part II, Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 51, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire adopts the following technical amendments to court rules.

Technical Amendments to Supreme Court Rule 51B

1. Amend Supreme Court Rule 51B as set forth in Appendix A. This amendment supersedes the amendment to this rule in the supreme court order dated November 14, 2008.

Effective Date

The amendments in Appendix A shall take effect January 1, 2009.

Date: December 16, 2008
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court Supreme Court of New Hampshire

APPENDIX A

Amend Supreme Court Rule 51B as follows (new material is in [bold and in brackets]; deleted material is in strikethrough format):

(1) There shall be an Advisory Committee on Rules, which shall be composed of fourteen [fifteen] members as follows:

(a) One judge from each of the following courts shall be appointed by the supreme court: district court, probate court, superior court, and supreme court.

(b) Two attorneys shall be appointed by the supreme court.

(c) Three lay persons shall be appointed by the supreme court.

(d) One member shall be appointed by the Governor.

(e) One member of the senate shall be appointed by the president of the senate.

(f) One member of the house shall be appointed by the speaker of the house.

(g) One clerk of court shall be appointed by the supreme court.

(h) One member of the New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors shall be appointed by the president of the New Hampshire Bar Association.

[(i) One judge, master, or administrator from the family division shall be appointed by the supreme court.]

(2) Appointments by the supreme court shall, where possible, be made from the Committee on Judicial Conduct, the Committee on Professional Conduct, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Committees on Civil Procedure, Evidence and Ethics, and such other committees as may be either studying or enforcing rules for the administration of justice. All such committees shall channel recommended changes through the Advisory Committee on Rules and shall serve as its sub-committees for specific areas of rule-making.

(3) A vacancy in the office of the committee shall occur[:]

(a) when a member ceases to be a member by resignation or otherwise;

(b) when a judge[, master, clerk, or administrator] ceases to hold the office which he or she held at the time of selection;

(c) when a lawyer ceases to be admitted to practice in the courts of this State or is appointed to a judicial office;

(d) when a lay person becomes a lawyer or a judge;

(e) when a legislative member ceases to be a member of the general court;

(f) when a New Hampshire Bar Association Board of Governors member ceases to be a member of the Board of Governors.

(4) Members appointed by the Governor, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house, and the president of the New Hampshire Bar Association shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.
(5) The secretary of the committee shall be the clerk of the supreme court or any other person designated by the supreme court.

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Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 37, the Supreme Court reappoints the following persons to serve on the Hearings Committee of the Attorney Discipline System:

James T. Boffetti, of Stratham, to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on December 31, 2011;

Eric D. Cook, of Portsmouth, to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on December 31, 2011;

William R. Drescher, of Milford, to a three-year term commencing on January 1 2009 and expiring can December 31, 2011;

Craig F. Evans, of Brookfield; to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring On December 31, 2011;

Richard E. Fradette, of Manchester, to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on December 31, 2011;

Melissa C. Guldbrandsen, of Concord, to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on December 31, 2011;

Jamie N. Hage, of Manchester, to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on December 31, 2011;

Patrick F. Harrigan, of Portsmouth, to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on December 31, 2011;

Nancy G. Spater, of Hopkinton, to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on December31, 2011;

Susan Palmer Terry, of Concord, to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on December 31, 2011;

In addition, the court appoints Daniel E. Will, of Loudon, to a three-year term commencing on January 1, 2009 and expiring on December 31, 2011.

The court hereby designates Patrick F. Harrigan, to serve as chair of the committee commencing January 1, 2009, replacing Robert C. Varney, who as served as chair of the committee since its creation and who has asked to be replaced as chair of the committee but to continue to serve as a member of the committee until his term expires. The court designates James T. Boffetti to serve as vice-chair of the committee commencing January 1, 2009.

December 22, 2008

AT’T’EST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
Supreme Court of New Hampshire

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The Supreme Court of New Hampshire, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 51B(1)(i), hereby appoints Family Division Administrator Gina Apicelli to the Advisory Committee on Rules.

January 2, 2009
Eileen Fox, Clerk
Supreme Court of New Hampshire

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The Supreme Court of New Hampshire, pursuant to Rule 53.8, hereby reappoints Barry M. Scotch and Charles S. Temple to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board to serve three-year terms commencingon February 15, 2009, and expiring on February 14, 2012.

January 2, 2009
Eileen Fox, Clerk
Supreme Court of New Hampshire

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