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Bar News - June 12, 2009


NH Supreme Court Orders

ADM-2008-0203
In the Matter of Dustin S. Wood, Esq.

The court on May 12, 2009, issued the following order:

On February 19, 2009, Attorney Wood was suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire for failing to file his 2008 annual trust accounting certificate of compliance and for failing to pay the fees imposed for late filing. On April 27, 2009, Attorney Wood filed his 2008 annual trust accounting certificate of compliance. He has now filed a motion for reinstatement in which he requests that the court waive the late fees and reinstate him to the practice of law.

Attorney Wood’s request to waive the fees assessed for late filing of his 2008 annual trust accounting certificate of compliance is granted. Attorney Wood’s motion for reinstatement is granted.

Broderick, C.J., and Dalianis, Duggan and Hicks, JJ., concurred.

Eileen Fox, Clerk


Attorney Discipline Office Assessment

Pursuant to its constitutional authority and powers of general superintendence over the New Hampshire Bar Association and its members, the New Hampshire Supreme Court assesses each member of the association in active status as of June 1, 2009, with the exception of fulltime judicial members and pro bono active members, the sum of one hundred ninety five dollars ($195), and each member in inactive status as of June 1, 2009, with the exception of inactive retired, inactive military and inactive honorary, the sum of ten dollars ($10). These assessments are due and payable on or before July 1, 2009, and are for the purpose of funding the operations of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline System, including the Professional Conduct Committee. If the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar Association grants a member’s request for abatement of bar dues, it may grant a waiver of this fee.

The New Hampshire Bar Association shall collect the assessment for the account of the Professional Conduct Committee and shall report to the court on or before September 1, 2009, the names of those members responsible for the assessment who have not fully paid.

May 13, 2009
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


PPF and LAP Assessment

Pursuant to its constitutional authority and powers of general superintendence over the New Hampshire Bar Association and its members, and pursuant to Supreme Court Rules 55 and 58, the New Hampshire Supreme Court assesses each dues-paying member of the association as of June 1, 2009, as follows, for the purpose of funding the Public Protection Fund (PPF) and the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP).

Membership category
Active over three years
Judicial
Active three years and under
Inactive
Inactive Retired
Pro bono active
PPF
$20
$15
$15
$0
$0
$0
LAP
$15
$15
$15
$15
$5
$0
Total Assesments
$35
$30
$30
$20
$5
$0

The members of the association exempted from the Public Protection Fund assessment by order dated July 22, 1998, are exempted from the assessments for both the PPF and the LAP. These assessments are due and payable on or before July 1, 2009. If the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar Association grants a member’s request for abatement of bar dues, it may grant a waiver of these assessments.

The New Hampshire Bar Association shall collect the assessments for the account of the Public Protection Fund and the Lawyers Assistance Program and shall report to the court on or before September 1, 2009, the names of those members responsible for the assessments who have not fully paid.

May 18, 2009
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


NHMCLE Filing Fee

Pursuant to its constitutional authority and powers of general superintendence over the New Hampshire Bar Association and its members, and pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 53.6, the court temporarily suspends the $10.00 annual fee imposed to support the operations of the NHMCLE Board.

May 13, 2009
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


In accordance with RSA 490-D:6, the supreme court designates the Honorable Martha R. Crocker to serve as a family division judge. This designation shall take effect immediately.

May 29, 2009
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk
New Hampshire Supreme Court


Pursuant to Part II, Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 51(A)(7), the Supreme Court of New Hampshire adopts the following technical amendments to court rules.

Supreme Court Advisory Rules Committee – Membership

(This amendment adds a representative from the Committee on Cooperation with the Courts, appointed by the president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, to the Advisory Rules Committee.)

1. Amend Supreme Court Rule 51(B), regarding membership of the Advisory Rules Committee, as set forth in Appendix A.

Effective Date

The amendments in Appendix A shall take effect immediately.

Date: May 27, 2009
ATTEST: Eileen Fox , Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire



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