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Bar News - March 19, 2014


Supreme Court Orders

Pursuant to Part II, Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution and Supreme Court Rule 51, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire adopts the following amendments to court rules:

I. Rules of the Superior Court of the State of New Hampshire Applicable in Criminal Cases Filed in Superior Court

(These temporary amendments to Rule 98 of the Rules of the Superior Court of the State of New Hampshire Applicable in Criminal Cases Filed in Superior Court make structural changes, change how discovery deadlines are calculated and add a provision regarding dispositional conferences.)
1. Amend Rule 98 of the Rules of the Superior Court of the State of New Hampshire Applicable in Criminal Cases Filed in Superior Court, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix A.
II. Rules of the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire – District Division

(These temporary rules set out procedures designed to ensure that counsel is available for indigent defendants at arraignment in the district division.)
1. Adopt Rule 2.20 of the Rules of the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire – District Division, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix B.
2. Adopt Rule 2.21 of the Rules of the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire – District Division, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix C.
3. Adopt Rule 2.22 of the Rules of the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire – District Division, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix D.
4. Adopt Rule 2.23 of the Rules of the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire – District Division, on a temporary basis, as set forth in Appendix E.
Effective Date
The temporary amendments in Appendix A shall take effect on April 1, 2014 and shall apply to all criminal cases in Superior Court pending on that date or filed thereafter. With respect to cases pending on the date the rule amendments set forth in Appendix A become effective, the court, on motion of any party showing that deadlines imposed by the amended rule have already passed or would give the party insufficient time to meet the requirements of the amended rule, shall have authority to address such issues by making such order as it deems just under the circumstances. The temporary rules set forth in Appendices B-E shall take effect on April 1, 2014.

The temporary amendments set forth in Appendix A and the temporary rules set forth in Appendices B-E shall be referred to the Advisory Committee on Rules for its recommendation as to whether they should be adopted on a permanent basis.

Date: February 20, 2014
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


ADM-2013-0059
In the Matter of Brian M. Childs, Esquire
On December 10, 2013, this court issued an order, in accordance with Rule 50-A(2), for Attorney Brian M. Childs to file his 2013 trust accounting certificate and pay the fee of $300 for late filing of the certificate, or be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Childs has neither responded to the order, nor brought himself into compliance with Supreme Court Rule 50-A(2). Attorney Childs is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire. The court hereby requires that Attorney Childs’s trust accounts and other financial records be audited at his expense.

Attorney Childs is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Thursday, March 27, 2014, that he has completed this task. On or before Monday, April 7, 2014, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Childs’s files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred. DATE: February 25, 2014
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2013-0060
In the Matter of B. Michael Cormier, Esquire
The court has been notified that Attorney B. Michael Cormier has not filed his 2013 trust accounting certificate, as required by Supreme Court Rule 50-A(2). On December 13, 2013, this court issued an order for Attorney Cormier to file his 2013 trust accounting certificate and pay the fees assessed for late filing of his trust accounting certificate, or be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Cormier did not respond to the order or bring himself into compliance with Supreme Court Rule 50-A(2).

Because Attorney Cormier is currently suspended form the practice of law in New Hampshire as a result of the court’s decision in LD-2013-0009, In the Matter of B. Michael Cormier, the court refers this matter to the Attorney Discipline Office for such action as it determines is necessary.

This matter is now closed.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.
DATE: February 25, 2014
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2013-0058
In the Matter of Jean E. Corcoran, Esquire
On December 10, 2013, this court issued an order, in accordance with Rule 50-A(2), for Attorney Jean E. Corcoran to file her 2013 trust accounting certificate and pay fees assessed for late filing of the certificate, or be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Corcoran has neither responded to the order, nor brought herself into compliance with Supreme Court Rule 50-A(2). Attorney Cororan is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire. The court hereby requires that Attorney Corcoran’s trust accounts and other financial records be audited at her expense.

Attorney Corcoran is ordered to notify her clients in writing that she has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Thursday, March 27, 2014, that she has completed this task. On or before Monday, April 7, 2014, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Corcoran’s files and to take action to protect the interests of her clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Hicks, Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred.

DATE: February 25, 2015
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


ADM-2014-0001
In the Matter of Christopher M. Gosselin, Esquire
On January 9, 2014, this court issued an order, in accordance with Rule 50-A(2), for Attorney Christopher M. Gosselin to file his 2013 trust accounting certificate and pay the fees assessed for late filing of the certificate, or be suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire.

Attorney Gosselin has neither responded to the order, nor brought himself into compliance with Supreme Court Rule 50-A(2). Attorney Gosselin is hereby suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire. The court hereby requires that Attorney Gosselin’s trust accounts and other financial records be audited at his expense.

Attorney Gosselin is ordered to notify his clients in writing that he has been suspended from the practice of law in New Hampshire and to notify the Attorney Discipline Office by Thursday, March 27, 2014, that he has completed this task. On or before Monday, April 7, 2014, the Attorney Discipline Office shall advise the court if it believes that an attorney should be appointed to make an inventory of Attorney Gosselin’s files and to take action to protect the interests of his clients.

Dalianis, C.J., and Conboy, Lynn and Bassett, JJ., concurred. DATE: February 25, 2014
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk


Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 37(3), the Supreme Court appoints Georges Roy to the Professional Conduct Committee of the Attorney Discipline System. Mr. Roy is appointed to replace Ms. Toni Gray, whose term has expired and who is not eligible for reappointment. Mr. Roy’s term shall commence immediately, and shall expire on December 31, 2016.

Issued: March 10, 2014
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire


Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 37(4), the Supreme Court appoints the following persons to the Hearings Committee of the Attorney Discipline System:
Barbara Gardner
Peter A. Gauthier
Leonard Gerzon
Michael Hodder
Marilyn E. Watson
Ms. Gardner, Mr. Gauthier, Mr. Gerzon, Mr. Hodder, and Ms. Watson are appointed to serve terms commencing immediately, and expiring on December 31, 2016.

Issued: March 10, 2014
ATTEST: Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
Supreme Court of New Hampshire

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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