Bar News - July 15, 2011
New Lawyers Host Statewide Meetings
By: Ned Sackman
Attorneys in counties other than Hillsborough and Merrimack counties can have a hard time coming to Bar Association events. That’s why, last April, the NHBA’s New Lawyers Committee hosted simultaneous brown bag lunch programs for new lawyers in Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Grafton, Rockingham and Strafford counties. Not only did attendees have an opportunity to learn about Bar programs and services, but they also had a chance to meet colleagues and develop professional connections.
Held at superior and district courts across the state, and, in Rockingham County at Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman & Scott in Portsmouth, each lunch was attended by one member of the New Lawyers Committee. The committee was pleased with the turnout, which was especially strong in Carroll, Cheshire and Rockingham counties.
The most frequent topic of discussion was, predictably, work. The topic proved to be fertile ground, however, as the attendees brought with them a diverse range of practices. Several clerks for the Superior Court attended, as did family law attorneys, solo practitioners, and associates at larger law firms. The lunches also provided an opportunity for the members of the New Lawyers Committee to receive feedback from new lawyers regarding the types of events they would like to see in the future.
After the success of these events, the New Lawyers Committee hopes to hold similar events in the future. In particular, the Committee will consider events on the Seacoast and in the Monadnock and Lakes Regions, where interest was strongest. If you have any suggestions for future events, please email them to me, or New Lawyers Committee Chair Jon Strasburger.
Ned Sackman is an associate at Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson in Manchester.