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Bar News - April 15, 2011


NH Supreme Court Orders

To facilitate participation by as many lawyers and judges as possible in the New Hampshire Bar Associationís "A Lawyer and Judge In Every School" program in celebration of Law Day, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, pursuant to RSA 490:4, directs that participation by a lawyer or a judge in the program on Friday, May 6, 2011, generally should serve as sufficient grounds to continue any conflicting hearings scheduled on that date. A judge or master may decide, in his or her discretion, not to continue proceedings in a particular case if the judge or master believes that interests such as the efficient administration of the court or ensuring justice in the case compel that a proceeding remain scheduled for that day.

Date: March 14, 2011
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


By order dated January 19, 2011, we adopted new Family Division Rule 1.25-A, regarding mandatory initial self-disclosure, as set forth in Appendix A, and ordered that the new rule would take effect on April 1, 2011. In March 2011, Administrative Judge Edwin Kelly requested that the effective date of this rule be delayed in light of the amount of staff time that will be necessary for implementation of this new rule. After consideration of Justice Kellyís request, the court agrees that implementation of new Family Division Rule 1.25-A should be delayed. Accordingly, Family Division Rule 1.25-A shall not take effect on April 1, 2011; the effective date of Family Division Rule 1.25-A is hereby delayed until further order of this court.

Date: March 22, 2011
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


LD-2007-0004
In the Matter of Lester W. Firstenberger

The court on March 29, 2011, issued the following order: Lester W. Firstenbergerís motion for reinstatement is granted. Dalianis, C.J., and Duggan, Hicks, Conboy and Lynn, JJ., concurred.

Eileen Fox, Clerk


In accordance with Rule 58.2(A), the Supreme Court hereby reappoints Attorney Roger B. Phillips, of Concord, to the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) Commission, to serve a three-year term commencing on March 1, 2011 and expiring on March 1, 2014.

April 4, 2011
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court Supreme Court of New Hampshire


In accordance with RSA 490-D:6, the supreme court designates the Honorable David D. King to serve as a family division judge. This designation shall take effect immediately.

April 7, 2011
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
New Hampshire Supreme Court


ADM 2006-0191
In the Matter of Miranda L. Butson and
ADM-2008-0013
In the Matter of Miranda L. Butson

The court on March 24, 2011, issued the following order:

In ADM-2006-0191, Attorney Miranda L. Butson was suspended from the practice of law on January 29, 2007, for failing to file her 2006 annual trust accounting certificate and for failing to pay fees assessed for late filing. She has filed the 2006 annual trust accounting certificate and paid the late fees, and now requests that she be reinstated.

In ADM-2008-0013, Attorney Butson was suspended on March 21, 2008, for failing to file her 2007 annual trust accounting certificate. Attorney Butson has filed her 2007 annual trust accounting certificate and now requests that she be reinstated.

Having provided evidence of her continuing competence and learning in the law and of her continuing moral character and fitness, the court grants Attorney Butsonís motion for reinstatement.

Dalianis, C.J., and Duggan, Hicks, Conboy and Lynn, JJ., concurred.

Eileen Fox, Clerk

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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