Bar News - May 15, 2009
Ellen & Jim’s Top 10 Reasons (Approx.) to Attend Annual Meeting
By: By Ellen L. Arnold and James J. Tenn, Jr.
Ellen L. Arnold, 2008-2009 NHBA president, will pass the leadership gavel to James J. Tenn, Jr., NHBA president-elect, at the 2009 Annual Meeting on the weekend of June 25-27 at the Mount Washington Resort. They really would like you to attend.
Ellen – I will give five reasons and then you give five, OK?
Jim – How about if we alternate?
Ellen – How about if I go first; I’m Bar President.
Jim – Not for long! In fact, saying farewell to you as Bar president is #5 of my top five!
Ellen – No fair, you went first. Anyway, there is a serious purpose to the meeting – we are going to toast Charles DeGrandpre for an excellent 40-year run as our commentator of the NH Supreme Court with the Lex Loci column in the Bar Journal.
Jim – Reason #4 is that the Mount Washington Hotel in late June is the sweetest place to be.
Ellen – OK., play it that way. I’m going to catch up by citing two reasons to attend: Club Soda and Soul City – two kickin’ dance bands you can enjoy after the Friday and Saturday night banquets. Now I’m caught up with you.
Jim – Reason #3 is meeting the winner of the Grimes Judicial Professionalism Award and all of the other judges and lawyers you get to spend time with in the informal atmosphere of the Summer Meeting.
Ellen – I thought you were going to mention the New Lawyers’ Day – an all-day celebration on Saturday that allows new lawyers who aren’t overnight guests to enjoy the Mount Washington’s amenities like the pool, tennis courts, and hiking trails. I’ll be stopping by the hospitality suite for free refreshments and snacks – there will be lots of guests and new lawyers there.
Jim – If they aren’t out on those wide wraparound porches…ahhh.
Ellen – With good company and a nice tall cool drink.
Jim – And in the morning you can attend a video replay and get CLE credit with a 2-hour breakfast program.
Ellen – We aren’t running out of reasons, but we are running out of space.
Jim – And time is running out on reserving a room at the NHBA meeting rate – in fact, it’s rates since there are three price levels, depending on whether you stay at the main hotel, the Bretton Arms Inn or the Lodge – those prices all include meals and amenities.
See pages 16 and 17 for schedule and registration form. Or check the website at www.nhbar.org.
Ellen L. Arnold, the 2008-2009 NHBA President, is associate general counsel of Dartmouth College. She is a member of the Access to Justice Commission. President-elect James J. Tenn, Jr. is an attorney with Tenn And Tenn in Manchester.