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Bar News - November 16, 2012

Lawline: Grafton County Bar Steps Up

At last month’s Grafton County Bar meeting, Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau discussed challenges the judiciary is facing. At center is Ora Schwartzberg, outgoing county bar president.
The NH Bar Association would like to thank the Grafton County Bar Association for hosting LawLine at the Lebanon Courthouse on October 10.

Attorneys who volunteered their time to field 35 calls from the public were Jason Crance, James Laffan , David Bradley, George Spaneas, Pam Kozlowski, Nancy Tierney, Tom Trunzo, John Loftus and Ora Schwartzberg.

The NHBA offers Lawline as a free public service on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Volunteer attorneys from one main location or several locations (home or office) can share a two-hour evening answering calls and offering free legal advice to the public.

For more information or to sign up for the next available Lawline please contact Lisha Brosseau at 603-715-3229.

Good Publicity for Good Works

The Grafton County Bar’s hosting of Lawline for the second year resulted in substantial article in the Valley News of Lebanon.

"Attorney Brings Attorneys Together for Good Cause," read the headline on an article focusing on Grafton County Bar President Ora Schwartzberg’s efforts to "find more ways for the attorneys of Grafton County to connect with one another in non-confrontational settings."

Among the activities she’s helped spearhead since taking over as county bar president two years ago was a softball game against the attorneys of Coos County, hosting a Lawline session each year (this year, at the Lebanon courthouse with the help of Circuit Court Clerk Pam Kozlowski), a judges’ panel discussion, and, coming up, a workshop on effective presentation skills led an improvisational acting group.

Much of the Valley News article addresses the details of answering calls on Lawline. (The article will be reprinted in a future issue.)

But Schwartzberg says the underlying point of the county bar hosting this public service was to get county bar members working together and playing together.

Volunteering for Lawline, she said in the article was "fun in the sense that we all work together for an evening and help each other, and it’s something that’s a terrific public service, but at the same time, it forces us to be together.

"People you might have been having these really tense conversations with all week – all of a sudden, you’re working together for a common good... It just creates an atmosphere that we think is really good."

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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