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Bar News - November 13, 2009

Supreme Court Notice: Vacancies On Board of Bar Examiners

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has announced that there are two vacancies on the Board of Bar Examiners. One of the vacancies is for a term expiring November 1, 2010 and the other is for a term expiring on November 1, 2011. Appointees would be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of their terms.

There are 16 members of the Board of Bar Examiners. Ten members grade bar examination questions, five review and evaluate work performed by students in the Franklin Pierce Law Center Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program and one serves as head proctor for the examinations. Approximately 130-160 applicants typically take the July examination, and approximately 60-80 applicants take the February examination. Examiners also meet periodically to discuss policy questions, review inquiries received and to hear appeals regarding requests for accommodations due to disabilities. The Board’s current need is for one grader and one examiner to review the work of Webster Scholars.

Appointment to the Board of Bar Examiners requires a minimum of three to five years of practical legal experience. Board members, other than the head proctor, receive an annual honorarium of $800 for their services.

Interested lawyers should write to Frederick J. Coolbroth, Chair, Board of Bar Examiners, 43 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301, outlining their qualifications and areas of practice. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2009.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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