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Bar News - January 15, 2010

What the Bar Association is NOT

The Bar Association tries to serve as a clearinghouse regarding information and services for Bar members. Sometimes, however, this can lead to confusion about what services the Bar Association controls or provides. The advertisement on the right is meant to catch your attention and highlight what we do and what we donít do.

Below are explanations for the services or entities that the Bar does not provide or control:

The NH Supreme Court appoints the NH Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board that oversees the application of Supreme Court Rule 53 (NHMCLE). The administrative support for the Supreme Court NHMCLE Board is hosted at the Bar Center. Lee Jones is the staff liaison to the NHMCLE Board. Her contact information is

Unlike some bar associations which do administer lawyer discipline, in NH attorney discipline is handled by the Professional Conduct Committee, appointed by the NH Supreme Court. The Attorney Discipline Office, directed by James DeHart, general counsel to the PCC, oversees the professional staff for the attorney discipline function.

The NH Lawyers Assistance Program (NHLAP) provides confidential, meaningful assistance to lawyers, judges, law students and their families in coping with alcoholism and other addictions, depression, and other personal or professional crises. It was established in 2007 by the NH Supreme Court through Rule 58. The program is the culmination of over 20 years of volunteer commitment in New Hampshire by two separate organizations, the Lawyers Assistance Committee of the New Hampshire Bar Association (LAC), and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL). Funding for NHLAP is provided through a portion of the Supreme Court Public Protection Fund assessment.

To conserve administrative costs, fees to fund these functions are collected by the NHBA at the time of the annual Association dues billing.

If you are looking for help or assistance, we do encourage you to call the Bar Association. We are always ready to help answer your questions or direct you to where you need to go. Call 603-715-3279 (direct member line) or e-mail us at

NHLAP: A confidential Independent Resource

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