Bar News - November 15, 2013
Board of Governors Proposes Out-of-State Seat Amendment
By: Dan Wise
The NHBA Board of Governors at its Oct. 17 meeting approved revisions to a number of association policies and a proposed amendment to the Barís Constitution and Bylaws that would establish an out-of-state seat on the Board of Governors. This proposed amendment, along with several others approved by the Board at their June meeting, will be put to a membership vote at a special meeting scheduled for Dec. 12. (See article on page 8.)
The out-of-state board member seat would carry a three-year term and would be filled by a NH Bar member whose office is located outside of New Hampshire, similar to the public sector/public interest at-large seat. As with other at-large seats, this position will appear on the ballots of all eligible voters. This change must be approved in a membership vote at the upcoming special meeting (learn more). As it involves a change to the NHBA Constitution, the amendment also must be approved by the NH Supreme Court.
Also at its October meeting, the board approved the appointment of Marilyn Billings McNamara, an NHBA past president (2010-11), to the New England Bar Association board.
The board also received the report of the Bar Associationís independent auditor for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Paula Lewis, NHBA finance director, said the auditors needed to spend less time in their on-site review and reported no qualifications to the Barís financial statements.
The board was briefed on the annual report of the NHBA Public Protection Fund (PPF) for the 2012-13 fiscal year. The fund has a balance of approximately $2.3 million, which is above any potential exposure under the PPF rules. Due to the balance in the fund, there was no member assessment in the reporting year, and none for the current fiscal year. (The PPF provides a measure of reimbursement, as a fund of last recourse, for clients who suffer financial losses due to defalcation or theft by a NH Bar member who has been disbarred or suspended.
Additionally, NHBA Immediate Past President Larry Vogelman briefed the board on a multi-faceted effort to organize efforts to assist veterans in New Hampshire with legal services for civil issues and minor criminal matters.