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Bar News - June 21, 2013


Supreme Court Orders

Pursuant to its constitutional authority and powers of general superintendence over the New Hampshire Bar Association and its members, and pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 53.6, the court temporarily suspends the $10.00 annual fee imposed to support the operations of the NHMCLE Board.

Issued: May 10, 2013
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


Pursuant to its constitutional authority and powers of general superintendence over the New Hampshire Bar Association and its members, and pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 55, the New Hampshire Supreme Court suspends the assessment to fund the Public Protection Fund (PPF) for the fund year beginning on June 1, 2013, and ending May 31, 2014.

Pursuant to its constitutional authority and powers of general superintendence over the New Hampshire Bar Association and its members, and pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 58, the court assesses each dues-paying member of the association as of June 1, 2013, as follows, for the purpose of funding the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP).

Membership category  LAP Assessment
Active over three years  $15
Judicial  $15
Active three years and under  $15
Inactive  $15
Inactive retired  $5
Pro bono active  $0


The members of the association exempted from the PPF assessment by order dated July 22, 1998, are exempted from the assessment for the LAP. The LAP assessment is due and payable on or before July 1, 2013. If the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar Association grants a memberís request for abatement of bar dues, it may grant a waiver of the assessment.

The New Hampshire Bar Association shall collect the assessment for the account of the LAP and shall report to the court on or before September 1, 2013, the names of those members responsible for the assessment who have not fully paid.

Issued: May 10, 2013
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire

Pursuant to its constitutional authority and powers of general superintendence over the New Hampshire Bar Association and its members, the New Hampshire Supreme Court assesses each member of the association in active status as of June 1, 2013, with the exception of full-time judicial members and pro bono active members, the sum of one hundred ninety five dollars ($195), and each member in inactive status as of June 1, 2013, with the exception of inactive retired, inactive military, and inactive honorary, the sum of ten dollars ($10). These assessments are due and payable on or before July 1, 2013, and are for the purpose of funding the operations of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Attorney Discipline System, including the Professional Conduct Committee. If the Board of Governors of the New Hampshire Bar Association grants a memberís request for abatement of bar dues, it may grant a waiver of this fee.

The New Hampshire Bar Association shall collect the assessment for the account of the Professional Conduct Committee and shall report to the court on or before September 1, 2013, the names of those members responsible for the assessment who have not fully paid. Issued: May 10, 2013
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


Pursuant to Part II, Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 51, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire adopts the following amendments to court rules:

I. Superior Court Rules

(These amendments make the existing Superior Court Rules applicable only to criminal cases filed in the superior court and domestic relations cases filed in the Cheshire County Superior Court and adopt new Rules of the Superior Court of the State of New Hampshire Applicable in Civil Actions filed or pending on or after October 1, 2013).
1. Amend the title of the Superior Court Rules as set forth in Appendix A.

2. Adopt Rules of the Superior Court of the State of New Hampshire Applicable in Civil Actions as set forth in Appendix B.


Effective Date

The amendments shall take effect October 1, 2013.

Date: May 22, 2013
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


ADM-2013-0022
In the Matter of Michael T. Pearson, Esquire

The court has been notified by the Division of Child Support Services that Attorney Michael T. Pearson is not in compliance with a legal order of support or has been non-cooperative in establishing paternity. In accordance with RSA 161-B:11, Attorney Pearson is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Pearson is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Tuesday, July 2, 2013, that he has completed this task. On or before Wednesday, July 17, 2013, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Pearsonís files and to take action to protect the interests of Attorney Pearsonís clients.

Reinstatement to the practice of law is governed by the provisions of RSA 161-B:11(V) and (VI).

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn, and Bassett, JJ., concurred. DATE: June 3, 2013
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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