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Bar News - April 16, 2014

Section Connection: News Roundup for NH Bar Practice Area Sections

At the March 26 Elder Law & Estate Planning Section meeting, Section Chair Jeanne Saffan (at left) is pictured with Beth Kissinger, staff attorney for the probate division; Judge Gary Cassavechia; and Circuit Court Deputy Administrative Judge David King.
Child Support Guidelines - More Info
The Bar Association, as a convenience, posts the latest update to the NH Child Support Guidelines in the Legal Links area of, available to all members and the public. On the Family Law Section page, available to section members only, are the newest guidelines and archived versions of the guidelines going back to 2007.

This year, the state provided to the section additional tables for the 2014 guidelines that cover child support amounts for higher-income obligors. (Members of the public can obtain this information by contacting the Department of Health and Human Services.) Section members can access these tables directly through the “Resources” tab on the Family Law Section page. Also posted are materials from recent Section meeting presentations.
Section Election Season - Step Up?
Throughout April and May, sections will be meeting to elect officers for next year. Consider getting involved in your section’s leadership. It’s not just another item for the resume – you will make your section participation more meaningful. You can help shape the Section’s programming and improve the section as a resource for all members, and enhance your reputation among your colleagues. Section leaders also can advance their professional development by building their leadership skills.

Any NHBA Section member in good standing may self-nominate or nominate someone else for a position (chair, vice chair, clerk). Look for information in your next Section meeting notice, or contact the Sections Coordinator or your current Section officers for more information.
Going on Vacation?
You can put your listserve messages on hold and avoid cluttering your colleagues’ inboxes with your “away messages” by following simple step-by-step instructions on the main Sections page. Look for the link, “Going on Vacation? How to Put a Hold on Listserve Messages.” You will find it in the right-hand column on the Sections page under “Information for Listserves.”
Workers Compensation Section Officers
Next year’s officers for the Workers’ Compensation Section will be Chair Donna Daneke, of Bernard & Merrill, Manchester; Vice Chair John Ward, of Patch & FitzGerald in Manchester; and Clerk Michelle Broadhurst, of the Law Offices of John B. Schulte in Bedford.
Section Calendar Highlights...
While many sections meet regularly at the Bar Center, the end of the year brings a number of social-oriented section meetings at other venues, including:
• Tax Law Section holds a joint meeting with NH Society of CPA’s Business Valuation Committee on May 8 at Common Man Restaurant;
• Intellectual Property Law Section takes one out at the ballpark, convening for dinner at a Fisher Cats baseball game on May 1;
• Insurance Law Section meets at Manchester landmark Puritan Backroom on May 14; and
• the Family Law Section will enjoy a wine-tasting social event at its May 20 meeting.
Labor & Employment Section – Drug Testing
Jennifer Moeckel will present “Drug and Alcohol Policies and Testing” with a special focus on issues raised by the new medical marijuana law at its meeting on Thursday, May 22. (This will be eligible for NHMCLE credit.)
Free Trial Memberships
Sign up now and Section membership ($40/year) will be free through to the end of the Association’s fiscal year on May 31. Why not try it out? Want to know more about Sections? Contact Section Coordinator Patty Frechette, 603 715-3257.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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