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Bar News - February 19, 2014


Section Connection


Attending the Jan. 14 social event of the Real Property Law Section were five of the state’s 10 registers of deeds. Pictured from left: Kathi Guay, Merrimack County; Dennis Vachon, Strafford County; Anna Z. Tilton, Cheshire County; Kelley J. Monahan, Grafton County; and Section co-chair Kelly Ovitt Puc. (Not pictured: Cathy Ann Stacey, Rockingham County.)
Real Property Law Section
The NHBA Real Property Law Section extended the meaning of “social” for its Jan. 14 meeting at the Centennial Inn in Concord, extending invitations to a number of affiliated professionals, including surveyors, engineers and auctioneers. Also invited to the professional exchange were the counties’ registers of deeds. (Five of those attended and are pictured.)

Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate
The Feb. 5 snowstorm forced the rescheduling of the Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate Section’s informational session with Judge Gary Cassavecchia discussing the new complex trusts docket over which he will be presiding.

The session has been postponed to 3 p.m. on March 26, also to be held in the lower level seminar room.

This non-CLE event has a capacity crowd expected and a wait list for seating has started. Call Patty Frechette at 603-715-3257 for further information.

Don’t Belong to a Section?
Now is the time sign up for a trial membership to the section or sections of your choice.

Join after March 1 and section dues ($40) are free through this fiscal year, which ends May 31. Why not try it out for a few months risk-free?

Contact NHBA Section Coordinator Patty Frechette to find out more.

Views from the Bench
Two sections were scheduled to hear from members of the bench this month. The Mental and Physical Disabilities Section planned to host Probate Division Judge (and Circuit Court Deputy Administrative Judge) David King on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The following day, the Labor and Employment Section was to meet with Superior Court judges Larry Smukler and Richard McNamara. (See the calendar at www.nhbar.org for meeting details.)

Telecom, Energy & Utilities
Speaking from another type of bench, all three members of the NH Public Utilities Commission are scheduled to meet with the Telecommunications, Energy and Utilities Section on Monday, March 10. This includes the newest commissioner, Martin Honigberg, who was just appointed to the commission in January.

Federal Practice
Section Clerk Eric Moskowitz believes in bringing some value-added information to members concerning the dockets of the US District Court. He regularly sends out emails via the section’s email list serve, pointing out details about potentially noteworthy or non-routine matters on the federal court docket.

He acknowledges that he does not know how often members avail themselves of seeing their fellow attorneys in action, but he knows people are reading and appreciating the notices. He says sitting in on other attorneys’ cases is a learning opportunity – for experienced as well as new lawyers – that often goes overlooked.


Editor’s note: This new format for Section Connection aims to highlight the activities, services and benefits of section participation. Section leaders welcome suggestions and ideas on how to make section participation more valuable for members.

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