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Bar News - July 19, 2013

Board of Governors Approves Proposed Amendments


The NHBA Board of Governors approved a package of amendments to the NHBA Constitution and Bylaws at its June 20 meeting at the Portsmouth Sheraton, as part of the 2013 Annual Meeting.

If approved by a vote of the membership this fall, the amendments would add a seat on the board to represent out-of-state members, a change advocated by immediate past President Larry Vogelman.

The amendment proposals were developed over the past year by the NHBA Board Committee on Administration of the Bar, co-chaired by at-Large Governor Eric Cook and Assistant Executive Director Denice DeStefano. Amendments to both the constitution and the bylaws must be ratified by a vote of members at a special meeting to be scheduled this fall; constitution amendments, if endorsed by the member vote, must also be approved by the NH Supreme Court.

Initiated by Vogelman, proposals to amend Article VI of the Bylaws and Article V of the Constitution would create a seat to represent out-of-state members on the Board of Governors. Details about who would vote for this representative and the length of the term were not spelled out in the proposal, which was deferred for later action.

Other amendments approved by unanimous board vote included:
  • Article IV, of the Constitution, to allow a past president to serve a second term as president of the association (with at least 10 years intervening between terms).
  • Article II, Section 3, of the Constitution, to create a part-time judicial membership category. This would allow for reduced dues, similar to the judicial category, for those active-status members with part-time judicial appointments who have given up their practices to serve as judges on a nearly full-time basis.
  • Article II, Section 6, of the Constitution, to reduce by two months the timeframe for members to pay their annual dues before they are administratively suspended.
  • Article IX, of the Bylaws, to provide a more flexible structure for NH Bar members to work on relevant issues.
  • Article X, of the Bylaws, clarifies that individual sections determine what policies can limit or govern the participation of “subscribers” – non-members of the association permitted to join some sections.
In other action, the NHBA Board of Governors approved the president’s appointment of attorney Robert Hunt to the NH Board of Manufactured Housing. Hunt is an attorney with the Seufert, Davis & Hunt firm of Franklin.

The NHBA Ethics Committee opinion 2012-13/5, regarding obtaining information about witnesses in litigation from social media pages, was approved on the Board’s consent agenda.

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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