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Bar News - October 18, 2013

NH Bar Offers Services for New Lawyers

New admittees or new lawyers in practice for less than three years are eligible for discounts on association dues and tuition at NH Bar Association legal education programs.

But thatís not all. The NH Bar also offers a variety of services to new lawyers begin their legal careers in New Hampshire.

Introductory emails. Once lawyers are admitted to the bar, they begin receiving a series of five weekly emails, starting with a log-in and password for the members-only area of Subsequent emails detail association services and benefits.

Free section memberships for new admittees. During the first full year of practice, new bar members can join any of the NH Bar Associationís 22 sections. Sections provide opportunities for professional exchange through meetings and email list-serves, collaboration on projects in specific areas of the law, and special publications.

NHBA e-Bulletin on Wednesdays. New lawyers are automatically signed up for the e-Bulletin, our weekly email newsletter that provides a quick rundown of notices and events in the legal community. The e-Bulletin goes beyond listing association events Ė the state and federal courts rely on the e-Bulletin for quick dissemination of timely announcements.

New Lawyers Meet & Greet. In conjunction with the mandatory Practical Skills CLE in December, the New Lawyers Committee holds a meet-and-greet reception with judges from all levels of the NH courts. Lawyers in practice less than three years will receive invitations soon.

Social media. The NHBA is a pioneer in participating in social media. Please follow us @NHBAR on Twitter; "like" the New Hampshire Bar Association page on Facebook, and join our LinkedIn group. NHBAR tweets are also embedded on the home page at Search for NH Bar on YouTube and find a variety of videos we have produced, including interviews with lawyers and judges, descriptions of volunteer programs, and more.

Law practice management advice. Starting your own practice? Sign in to the website and visit the "Law Practice Management Tools" section for links to a variety of documents and websites. Of particular value is the Client Relations Handbook, which has sample letters and forms.

Get covered. Susan Morand is an important person to talk to at the NH Bar Center - she is the face of the NH Bar Association Insurance Agency, which exclusively serves NHBA members. Sue is an experienced guide to the world of professional liability insurance and helps members find affordable coverage. Contact her at (866) 642-2292, or visit the NHBA Insurance Agency webpage.

Ethics question? The NH Barís Ethics Committee makes its members available for informal consultations on dilemmas you might face. Contact NHBA member services coordinator Rosemarie Atwood if you have a question. Also check out the committeeís "Ethics Corner" articles or the Ethics opinions in the Legal Links section of the barís website.

Mentor program. The NH Barís New Lawyers Committee operates a formal mentoring program that links new lawyers (or those changing practice areas) to experienced mentors for consultations. Contact the member services coordinator for more information.

Meet us. Come to the Bar Center. Make an appointment with Rosemarie Atwood. She will review many opportunities for you to get involved with the Bar Association and become more visible in the community.

Meet here. The Bar Center has several meeting and conference rooms that are available to members at no cost. Reserve one to meet with clients, conduct depositions, or simply catch up on work. Our address is 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300.

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