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Bar News - December 16, 2011

The NH Bar Association – Preserves the Culture of NH Practice

Ongoing Professionalism Efforts

Every day, the New Hampshire Bar Association promotes a higher standard of professionalism and collegiality among the membership. The Ethics Committee, through its formal opinion work and its informal advisory service, conducting annual Professionalism Day events, pricing CLE and meetings to cover costs and promote the widest possible attendance at live programs –these are a few of the ways that the NHBA, every day, promotes professionalism.

Portions of the Bar’s website are dedicated to tools that provide guidelines for conduct – the Litigation Guidelines, Professionalism Creed, and the Bar’s section listserves facilitate members helping members to stay up to date and to provide the best possible service to their clients.

New Lawyers Outreach

The Bar Association, from the first day of a member’s admission, strives to make members feel they are special as members of the NH Bar Association. The Bar Association, in conjunction with its New Lawyers Committee and with the support of the Judicial Branch, conducts receptions after admissions ceremonies. The New Lawyers Committee conducts an ongoing mentor program to provide new lawyers (or those new to a practice area) with one-on-one support, orientation and encouragement, and an annual Meet & Greet reception, as well as other events.

Midyear, Annual Meeting

The major meetings of the Association – the must-attend Midyear Meeting, this year on March 7, and the more casual atmosphere of the Annual Meeting at the start of summer – provide invaluable opportunities for members to celebrate the special character of the New Hampshire Bar Association. The Midyear Meeting, in particular, has benefitted from subsidies by the NHMCLE Board that have helped to reduce the cost and increased attendance of Bar members from all sectors. The Midyear and Annual Meetings feature award presentations and recognition of members’ special status – honorary 50-year members and members of the judiciary—that reinforce the sense of community for NH lawyers.

Prompt Attention to Member Inquiries

The Bar Association treats every member’s call with care. In fact, the Bar Center strives to "live-answer" all calls made to its Member Hotline at 603 715-EASY (3279.) Members are encouraged to call the Bar Association if they are need but do not know where to turn. Friendly, prompt response is our goal for each inquiry, whether by email, phone or in person.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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