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Bar News - March 19, 2010

Parent, Vogelman Seek NHBA Leadership Posts

Lawrence A. Vogelman, currently an NHBA Governor-at-Large, is running without opposition for Vice President of the New Hampshire Bar Association in the 2010 NHBA Board of Governors’ elections.

At the top of the ballot is current NHBA Vice President Jennifer L. Parent, who was nominated by the Board of Governors as President-Elect, according to the NHBA Constitution & Bylaws. Parent would succeed Marilyn B. McNamara, who assumes office as Bar President at the conclusion of the 2010 Annual Meeting on June 26. All of the other candidates on the ballot were nominated by petition.

Balloting began March 15 when e-mails were sent out to active-status members in the NHBA’s first online election (see sidebar). The voting will be completed by April 15.

The ballots provide candidates’ statements and biographical information.

The candidates seeking office this year are:

President-Elect: Jennifer L. Parent - McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton PA - Manchester

Vice President: Lawrence A. Vogelman - Nixon Raiche Vogelman Barry & Slawsky PA - Manchester

Governor-at-Large: (1 vacancy) - Eric D. Cook - Portsmouth

County Governors:

     Belknap: Catherine Broderick - Wescott Dyer Fitzgerald & Nichols PA - Laconia 

     Carroll: Christopher T. Meier *- Cooper Cargill Chant PA – North Conway 

     Hillsborough North: Victor W. Dahar, Jr.* - Dahar Professional Association - Manchester

     Hillsborough South: Robert M. Shepard * - Smith-Weiss & Shepard PC - Nashua 

     Strafford: Christopher T. Regan * - Bamford Dedopoulos & Regan - Durham

     Sullivan: Tanner Z. Nolin - Dunn Law Office - Claremont

Association ABA Delegate: Russell F. Hilliard * - Upton & Hatfield LLP - Portsmouth

Candidates marked with an asterisk are seeking re-election for two-year terms.

NHBA Board Election Balloting Online

Bar members with valid e-mail addresses on file should have received e-mails with information on how to vote online for the 2010 NHBA Board of Governors election.

Those Bar members without e-mail addresses will receive correspondence through the mail with instructions on how to log-in to vote or how to request a paper ballot.

All balloting must be completed by April 15.

Online voting through a secure website, which validates the eligibility of voters while preserving their anonymity, makes voting easier for members and has the potential to increase overall voter participation while reducing costs. NHBA members, at a Nov. 3, 2008 meeting, approved amendments to the NHBA Constitution & Bylaws to permit electronic voting.

Both direct and indirect costs of conducting the annual election will be lower using the electronic distribution method, said NHBA Executive Director Jeannine L. McCoy. All counting will be done electronically and safeguards are in place to ensure that a Bar member can vote only once.

Questions about the balloting can be directed to Denice DeStefano, assistant executive director at

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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