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Bar News - December 14, 2012

Lisa Wellman-Ally Nominated President-elect

Lisa Wellman-Ally
At its Nov. 15, 2012, meeting, the NHBA Board of Governors unanimously nominated Vice President Lisa Wellman-Ally, of Newport, as its candidate for President-elect in the upcoming board election.

Under the NHBA Constitution and Bylaws, the Board is required to nominate a candidate for President-elect before Dec. 31 of each year. Current President-elect Jaye Rancourt will automatically succeed NHBA President Larry Vogelman at the conclusion of the 2013 Annual Meeting on June 21-22 in Portsmouth.

Other nominations for the board are made by petition. A petition for candidates for next yearís board elections is available online. A link to a secure online ballot will be sent to eligible voters starting on April 1, to be returned by April 15. (Bar members without email addresses will be mailed ballots.)

Also during the Nov. 15 meeting, John McIntosh, the Barís legislative representative, briefly discussed the November general election results, including the defeat of Question 2, the court rules amendment, the new governor and changes in the makeup of the legislature.

The Bar officers also discussed the possiblity of hosting a justice system orientation session for new members of the legislature, similar to those organized in the past by the NH Judicial Council. Funding in the form of a NH Bar Foundation Justice Grant has been sought to help pay meeting expenses.

In other actions, the Board:
  • Adopted the 2012 revision of the NH Title Examination Standards following a brief discussion of the changes in the document prepared by a committee of the Real Property Section. (See article on page 9 by Carol Brooks, the Title Standards Subcommittee chair).

  • NHBA President Larry Vogelman provided a briefing on correspondence and discussions between NHBA officers and leaders of the boards of other legal services agencies, NHLA and LARC, regarding collaboration and the potential for a joint board of directors.

  • Rancourt, President-elect and a member of the Steering Committee of the Leadership Academy, reported on the new classís first sessions and that work is beginning on two service projects that will be unveiled at the Midyear Meeting in March.

  • Vogelman also reported on the appointment of Jaye Rancourt as the Barís representative on the New England Bar Association board. She succeeds Russell Hilliard who is serving as the 2012-13 president of the group.

  • Eric Cook, a governor-at-large and member of the Board Committee on Administration, said that work is continuing on proposed amendments to the NHBA Constitution and Bylaws, including the creation of a board seat for out-of-state members.

In other matters, Vogelman announced that he will be talking with members of the Family Law Section to gather their input about various aspects of the operations of the Circuit Court Family Division.

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