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Bar News - May 14, 2010

New Lawyers Column: Annual Meeting Presents Great Opportunities for New Lawyers


Joshua Pantesco
"It is a shame that more attorneys didn’t attend this year," a judge lamented to me at last year’s Annual Meeting. "I know that our lives are more hectic now than they were 20 years ago. But the Annual Meeting is our opportunity to get together and remember why we all became attorneys in the first place. More people should come."

Here was a judge taking the time to chat with a rookie, despite the many bar veterans in the room vying for her attention. The Annual Meeting is a collegial event indeed.

Her comment gave me pause because attendance didn’t seem to be a problem. The awards banquet had filled the dining room, I said, and earlier by the pool, there had been lots of attorneys swimming with their kids. She said that one year in the 1980s, Annual Meeting attendance was so robust that the bar filled the entire Mount Washington Resort. In 2009, we booked only one floor.

Cost is a common reason to avoid going. Single rooms are $316 and double rooms are $429 (with breakfast, dinner, and receptions included). Attorney registration costs $100. This is a hard economy, and many new lawyers are saddled with astonishing amounts of debt. But since you worked so hard to join the bar, shouldn’t you enjoy the benefits of being a member? (Note that four new lawyer scholarships and five public sector/public interest scholarships were available this year through the Bar Association.)

Well Worth the Cost

The Annual Meeting is well worth the cost for new lawyers, for three reasons: fun, networking, and CLE credits.

  • Fun. The Resort’s majestic North Country setting relaxes everyone; cocktails, not briefcases, are in hand. Last year I heard a lot of good war stories, and a few great ones.

    There is much to do. The Resort just renovated its world-class spa. You can reserve a tee-time by calling 278-4653, or you can go mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, or fishing. I highly recommend the canopy zip line course at nearby Bretton Woods (call 278-4947 to schedule a zip tour). And sign up to play in the Top-Gun themed afternoon volleyball tournament, featuring Scared Hitless v. Motion to Spike. Babysitting arrangements can be made through the Resort by calling 278-3305.
  • Networking. The second reason relates to the first. There’s no better event than the Annual Meeting for getting to know your colleagues.

    Many esteemed bar members will be recognized, including the retiring judges, the incoming judges, the incoming and outgoing Board of Governors, and the award winners. The northerly location does not deter large contingents from the southern counties from attending.
  • CLE credits. Receive 2.5 credits for watching the video replay of 2010 Professionalism Day featuring Egil "Bud" Krogh of "Watergate-era fame," playing on Friday the 25th from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00.p.m.

    Three CLEs will be shown on Saturday the 26th: Amazing Ethics Violations from 8:30 to 9:30, for one credit; the Ethics Game Show from 11:00 a.m. to Noon, for one credit; and the 2009 Real Estate Title Examination Standards from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for two credits.

    And don’t miss the New Lawyer’s Social Media Workshop: an Introduction and Live Demonstration, June 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
See you there. Register today.

Joshua Pantesco, a member of the NHBA New Lawyers Committee. is with Orr & Reno in Concord. He joined the NH Bar in 2008.

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