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Bar News - September 14, 2012

Just Published Bar Journal: Family Law Issue

Family Division Update: a Q&A with Circuit Court Administrative Judge Edwin Kelly
Former Family Law Section Chair Margaret Kerouac collaborates with Judge Kelly on this informative and timely discussion of the development of the family division within the new circuit court and the challenges it faces. Read article.

Compromising the Best Interests of Children: The Failure to Fund Guardians ad Litem
Retired Master Deborah K. Rein, with the assistance of law students Esther Kane Dickinson and Gregory Silverman, thoroughly and unsparingly analyzes the context and the consequences of the decision to remove funding for Guardians ad Litem appointments for indigent families. Read article.

How to Try a Case Without a Guardian ad Litem – When You Really Need One
Attorney Michael Alfano provides a roadmap for navigating the difficult territory of trying a case without the services of a GAL. This article contains plenty of useful advice for attorneys, especially if they are dealing with pro se litigants as adversaries or advising self-represented litigants with unbundled services. Read article.

Divorce in the Trenches: Representing Service Members
Attorney Anna Zimmerman addresses common issues encountered in divorces where one or both parties are in the military. Read article.

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Practice: Three Views
Attorney Jane Schirch helped organize and introduces an article featuring the perspectives of an attorney, a mental health professional, and a financial analyst, on the roles they play in family law cases handled through the Collaborative Law model. Read article.

Protecting the Privilege of Counseling in a Domestic Violence Family Law Case
Attorney Mary Krueger, of the Domestic Violence Project of NH Legal Assistance, and Dennis Labbe, an attorney-volunteer for NHLA, discuss caselaw and strategies for protecting a domestic violence victim’s privileged conversations with a mental health counselor. Read article.

Joint Retention of Financial Experts in Divorce
Heidi Walker, a financial analyst, discusses the advantages and provides guidance on arranging for both parties to share the services of a financial expert in a divorce. Read article.

Mandatory Self-Disclosure in Family Law As it Applies to Disclosure of Trusts or Inheritance
Attorney Karen Levitt provides a comprehensive analysis of how to comply with the new mandatory self-disclosure rules without harming the legitimate interests of third parties. Levitt’s advice is informed by experience with marital practice in Massachusetts, which has had mandatory disclosure in family law for several years. Read article.

Germany and the White Rose
Departing from the issue’s theme, Bar Journal closes with Judge John Lewis’s sobering glimpse at the complicity of legal institutions in Hitler’s Germany and remembers the courage of a little-known group of German citizens that resisted, and made the ultimate sacrifice, to stand up to totalitarianism. Read article.

Lex Loci returns with the next issue of the Bar Journal.

The Family Law issue of the NH Bar Journal, edited by Jeanmarie Papelian, is now available online or in the printed edition (by request, either per copy or for a year’s subscription).

Upcoming Bar Journal Issues

Our fall issue, to be edited by Bar Journal Editorial Board chair Matthew Serge and board member Mark Puffer, is themed "Game-Changers."

Upcoming: Winter 2013: Education Law – This vital aspect of our society has not been addressed as a Bar Journal theme for several years.

We already have several articles in the works, but please contact us soon with your article ideas or proposals.

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