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Bar News - October 18, 2013

Local & County Bar Outreach Under Way

Bar Leaders on Listening Tour

Bar leaders and staff have begun holding informal information and listening sessions with local and county bar associations around the state.

Usually in the form of a social hour following an NHBA CLE video replay, these listening sessions are an effort to provide information about Bar Association services and a venue for members to comment on local concerns, legal system issues, and their suggestions about the future direction of the NH Bar Association.

Sessions were held in Keene on Oct. 1 and West Lebanon on Oct. 4. Two more are scheduled for Nov. 7, and Nov. 22, in North Conway and Portsmouth, respectively. Programs are planned for Coos and Belknap counties next spring.

At the West Lebanon session, Lisa Wellman-Ally, NHBA president-elect and a lawyer in Newport, briefed attendees on several recent association initiatives and opened the floor for discussion about membersí concerns.

The attendees were principally from Grafton County, although one attorney, Omer Ahern Jr., traveled from Plymouth for the session. Comments and discussion ranged from continued complaints about a lack of judge time to questions about how users will be charged for using the e-filing system when it is implemented. Attendees also asked about the preferred means of communications by the bar, health insurance, and the possibility of the state bar holding more programs in outlying counties.

Attorneys in Carroll, Strafford, and Rockingham counties will receive email invitations for the upcoming sessions; dates for sessions in the spring have not been set.

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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