Bar News - January 18, 2013
Board Preparing for New Legislative Session
By: Dan Wise
At its Dec. 20, 2012, meeting, the NHBA Board of Governors discussed activities under way to prepare for the new legislative session, including plans for a justice system information program for new legislators to be offered in late January. The NH Bar Association is assisting in the coordination of the event, which will feature presentations by the NH Judicial Council and the Judicial Branch.
The board also voted to recommend that the NHBA Board of Governors, the Pro Bono Governing Board and board members from the joint NHLA/LARC board meet several times during the year to exchange information on policies, procedures and other mutual concerns in the delivery of civil legal services for low-income citizens.
Jennifer Parent, immediate past president of the NHBA and a member of the NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules, provided a briefing on the committee’s recent public hearing. Most significant among the proposals it is considering is a revamping of the Rule 170 ADR program to return to a more volunteer-oriented, court-centered program that more closely resembles its original structure. Also, the committee is looking at tighter regulation of client trust accounting, based on an ABA Model Rule. Further discussion of that rule is expected when the Rules Committee holds its next public hearing in June.