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Bar News - November 16, 2012

Insurance Law Section Approved

At its Oct. 25, 2012, meeting the NHBA Board of Governors authorized the creation of a new Insurance Law Section.

The section will serve the needs of litigation attorneys representing plaintiffs as well as defendants in exploring coverage issues, said Tamara Smith Holtslag, a NH Bar member and a member of the law firm of Taylor Duane Barton & Gilman in Boston, who circulated a petition to start the section. (Look for more information on the new section’s startup in the e-Bulletin or upcoming issues of Bar News.)

The Board also heard from NHBA Ethics Committee members Rolf Goodwin and Peter Imse, presenting comments regarding potential revisions to trust accounting rules. The Ethics Committee has concerns about some new provisions in the ABA’s model rule for trust accounting, which the NH Attorney Discipline Office had asked the court’s Rules Advisory Committee to largely adopt.

The Ethics Committee worked with the ADO to develop some compromises on trust accounting rules changes, and the review is ongoing. (The Bar News will report in more depth on this topic in an upcoming issue.)

In other actions, the Board:

• Received the Bar’s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2012. Robert R. Howard, III, treasurer of the Bar, reported that the auditors were impressed with the Bar’s audit performance.

• Approved submission of Bar Association comments to the Supreme Court regarding an ABA committee’s suggestions for changes to the attorney discipline system. Immediate past president Jennifer Parent recalled the process of gathering member feedback and also related that the Court did not appear inclined to implement some of the significant changes the ABA team suggested. The report was submitted to the Court this month.

• Paul R. Kfoury, of Shaheen & Gordon, was reappointed to the state Workers Compensation Advisory panel for a 3-year term.

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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