Bar News - June 21, 2013
NH Bar Board of Governors Approves New Association Budget
By: Dan Wise
At its May 16, 2013, meeting the NHBA Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve the Associationís operating budget for fiscal year 2014, which started June 1, 2013. The budget, which totals $4,196,277, did not require a dues increase.
A detailed presentation of the budget will be included in an upcoming issue of Bar News.
The majority of the budget is supported by 55 percent in non-dues revenue, including 29 percent from products and services, as well as grants, fundraising and other sources. Included in the total is a full year of funding for the foreclosure relief program, which involves Pro Bono and the Lawyer Referral Service, in collaboration with the NH Legal Assistance and Legal Advice & Referral Center.
The board approved a motion to reconstitute the Client Indemnity Fund (CIF), the predecessor to the Public Protection Fund, to handle a claim that appears to fall within the jurisdiction of that fund, which has a small remaining balance. Several members of the Public Protection Fund, including Tom Quarles, Charles Grau, Keith Diaz, Neil Nicholson and Tom Irwin were appointed to meet as the CIF Committee to handle the claim.
The board was briefed on the legislative session, which was dominated by budget issues and featured few policy bills of concern to the Bar Association.
NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy reported that a group of Bar members is meeting over the summer to review online legal research options for the Bar Association. The association has been contracting with Casemaker for these services for 10 years. Offered a multi-year renewal upon the contractís expiration this year, the association decided to renew for one year while it undertakes a review of the service and other available options. McCoy said the Bar Association intends to continue offering online legal research as a member benefit.