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Bar News - September 18, 2009

New Board Meets with Chief Justice Lynn

The 2009-2010 NHBA Board of Governors met for the first time last month, holding an orientation session and regular meeting in Portsmouth on Aug. 20, and continuing in special session on Aug. 31 at the Bar Center.

The two meetings were scheduled to complete the regular agenda and to accommodate interviews with the four nominees for the superior court – Jacalyn A. Colburn, David A. Garfunkel, Richard B. McNamara, and Marguerite Wageling.

As part of the Board orientation, Superior Court Chief Justice Robert Lynn discussed the status of the budget for the judicial branch, as well as answering questions about the superior court and the temporary relocation of Hillsborough North to the Hillsborough South courthouse in Nashua. NHBA President James J. Tenn, Jr., solicited questions and comments from the board on the state of the courts and the potential for more budget cuts due to the state’s uncertain revenue situation, as well as on other issues. (See Tenn’s President’s Perspective for more on the issues and concerns that the NHBA Board will be addressing.)

Robert M. Shepherd, Hillsborough South Governor, provided an update on the Manchester courts’ move. (See page one article for details.)

Jennifer L. Parent, NHBA Vice President and the NHBA representative on the Professional Conduct Committee, provided information on the Attorney Discipline Office’s plans to launch a website that would provide more information to the Bar and the public. (See Bar News article in August 14 issue.) The website would allow the public to obtain information on PCC formal actions dating back to January 1, 2004, Supreme Court opinions on discipline, PCC rules, as well as basic information on the disciplinary process. It would not allow for online filing of complaints, nor would hearing panel decisions or other case information be posted. PCC records that are public information, but are from before 2004, would be available by visiting the ADO office.

At-Large Governor Larry Volgelman discussed a recent Court-led initiative to review the Superior Court litigation process, along the lines of a report by the American College of Trial Lawyers. Following the discussion, NHBA President Tenn said he would seek to have a BOG representative included on the Task Force, headed by attorney Philip Waystack and Chief Justice Lynn.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Governors will be held on Sept. 24 at the Bar Center.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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