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Bar News - May 21, 2014

Bar Governance: David Ruoff Elected Vice President; Dempsey Joins Board


In the only contested race on the ballot for the 2014 NHBA Board election, David Ruoff, of Howard & Ruoff, outpolled Scott Harris, of the McLane firm.

Ruoff, a former New Hampshire public defender and prosecutor for the NH Attorney General’s Office, now practices criminal defense in Manchester. Ruoff has written the Lex Loci column, reviewing NH Supreme Court decisions for the NH Bar Journal, for the past five years.

Ruoff said one of his motivations for seeking bar association office is his interest in encouraging continued outreach to schools. “I think that an important community function of the Bar Association is its outreach program for high schools. The Lawyer in Every School program is a good start. I see too many students that are completely unaware of the consequences of their actions – especially through social media – that can impact their future.”

The spring balloting saw the highest participation rate by members since the NHBA began using an online election process in 2010.

Next year’s NHBA leadership team will be led by Lisa Wellman-Ally, the current President-elect; and Mary E. Tenn, unopposed on the ballot, who moves from Vice President to President-elect at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.

Also elected to the Board were: Governors-at-Large: Jonathan Eck* (Manchester) and Edward Philpot (Laconia); County Governors: Suzanne McKenna* (Belknap), Dennis Morgan* (Carroll), Richard Guerriero* (Cheshire), David McGrath (Hillsborough North), Catherine Shanelaris (Hillsborough South), Edward Clancy (Strafford) and Lanea Witkus* (Sullivan); ABA Association Delegate: Russell Hilliard*.

(* Denotes current board member returning for a consecutive term.)

At its April 17 meeting, the NHBA Board of Governors voted to appoint Mary Ann Dempsey, chief of the civil bureau at the NH Department of Justice, to serve for the remaining term of Public Sector at-Large Charles Temple, who resigned after his appointment to the Superior Court.

The Board also discussed a proposal pending before the 2 Pillsbury Street Condominium Association, of which the Bar Association is a member, to purchase a nearby lot to be converted to a parking lot, providing 32 additional parking spaces for tenants and visitors. After discussion, the Board voted to authorize a”yes” vote on the acquisition by the NH Bar’s representative to the condominium association. The expense of the purchase will be partially offset by terminating a lease agreement on another lot. The financial impact of the debt service on the purchase and other acquisition costs will be eased by a reduction in annual contributions to the condo association’s contingency fund.

The Board also voted to authorize the renewal of a contract with Lawriter, the parent company offering the Casemaker online legal research member benefit. Learn more.

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