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Bar News - September 17, 2010


NHMCLE News: 2010 Changes to SC Rule 53: Late Filers Take Note

Lawyers in active membership will notice two changes this year in the rule requiring annual CLE completion. These changes were ordered by the NH Supreme Court in April 2010. The full text of the Rule and Regulations can be viewed at www.nhbar.org/nhmcle.

The first change to SC Rule 53.7 affects those lawyers who delay in the completion of their annual CLE credits and the filing of their completed Certificates of Compliance. Lawyers not in compliance by November 1, 2010, will be sent a certified letter advising them that the NH Supreme Court has been notified of their non-compliance with a request for their suspension from the practice of law.

Lawyers who miss the October 1 filing deadline will be assessed a $50 late fee. Those who are still delinquent as of November 1 will be charged another $100. The maximum late filing fee is now $150, down from the previous $450. This change is found in Rule 53 Regulation 53.7 (A)(2).

Certificates of Compliance were mailed to lawyers in active membership at the end of August. For those receiving pink forms, the deadline to show compliance is October 1, 2010. Any lawyer who has been in active membership status with NHBA since October 1, 2009, and has not received a Certificate of Compliance should contact Lee Jones in the NHMCLE Office at 603-715-3222. An overview of the 2010 compliance process and FAQs are available at www.nhbar.org/nhmcle.

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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