Bar News - September 16, 2011
Bar Services Event Helps Members
An informal, evening orientation session of Bar Association services held last month drew 25 members who appreciated the effort to inform them of resources that might help them find legal work or improve their practice.
The event included a one-hour presentation that covered, briefly: Casemaker legal research, law practice management resources on the website, varieties of formats for NHBA•CLE programs, free use of meeting rooms for members, the benefits of section membership, how Lawyer Referral Service directs paying clients to members, the mentor program for new lawyers or lawyers changing practice areas, the array of services provided by the NHBA Insurance Agency, and the benefits to attorneys of volunteering for Pro Bono.
In a follow-up survey, respondents were unanimous in saying the event was helpful to them. Several members indicated that the presentation introduced them to services they were not aware of. "It was nice to meet some faces associated with the NHBA," wrote one respondent. "I felt that everyone working at the event truly wanted to make a difference and help each and every person there."
For attorneys seeking more networking opportunities, the NHBA member services department offers a series of brown bag lunch programs during the year on law practice management topics, and is helping to launch a solo/small firm networking group that held its first meeting in September.
The NHBA is considering how to offer a version of the services orientation to members in different parts of the state.