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Bar News - May 21, 2014

Bar Association Committees: A Great Way to Serve, Learn, Get Known

Each year, the NH Bar President appoints dozens of members to serve on committees that are integral to the work the Bar Association does.

An email, the Committee Preference Survey, will be sent to all active-status members later this month. Members are encouraged to consider signing up for one or more committees (list your order of preference) based on your interests and expertise, although experience is not always required.

If you are on a committee now and wish to continue, please complete the survey. Reappointment is neither automatic, nor guaranteed.

Service on Bar Association committees enables members to meet attorneys and others from the legal community, and share their perspectives and experiences to make the Bar Association a more relevant and effective member service organization.

Contact Denice DeStefano for more information on the committee appointment process.
NH Bar Journal Advisory Committee
Assists in gathering content and advises regarding editorial policy of this publication devoted to in-depth examination of New Hampshire law and other topics of interest to Association members. Generally meets quarterly, or as needed.
NH Bar News Advisory Committee
Advises the staff and the NHBA Board of Governors regarding the content and editorial policy of Bar News, the monthly publication of the Association. Generally meets quarterly, or as needed.
Committee on Cooperation with the Courts
With representation from both attorneys and members of the judiciary, monitors the rules, practices and procedures of the New Hampshire courts; serves as a conduit for information and discussion on topics related to the justice system involving Association members and other entities. The committee’s focus may also include work to enhance communication and cooperation with various administrative agencies. Usually meets at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Bar Center.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee
Arranges for and advises on the content of continuing legal education programming to keep the members of the Association abreast of developments in the law. Usually meets at 3:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Bar Center.
Dispute Resolution Committee
On a voluntary basis, assists with the resolution of complaints against attorneys that do not rise to the level of an ethical violation of the NH Rules of Professional Conduct, initially on an informal basis. Examples of complaints include attorneys not returning phone calls; not keeping a client informed; questions and/or disputes involving fees, etc. Committee members must have NH Superior Court Rule 170 training, or equivalent dispute-resolution training.
Ethics Committee
Primary function is to issue opinions and publish articles providing guidance to the NH Bar Association in interpreting the NH Rules of Professional Conduct. The committee also proposes amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct and responds to court inquiries and comments or reviews, informally and individually, ethical issues raised by bar members. The Ethics Committee usually meets from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bar Center.
Finance Committee
In collaboration with NHBA staff, prepares and submits proposed operations and capital budgets for the Bar Association and related entities to the Board of Governors for each fiscal year. Composition of the Finance Committee is at least 11 members, including five members from the Board of Governors and six additional Association members. The President-elect chairs the Committee. Generally meets at least monthly February through May.
Gender Equality Committee
Investigates issues of gender discrimination and equality in the legal profession and legal system. The committee may undertake projects as deemed necessary or appropriate to ensure fair treatment and equality of all members of the legal profession and all participants in the legal system. For the past two years, the Gender Equality Committee has organized several programs aimed at educating members of the bar and employers about the persistence of discrimination in pay, promotion and other employment conditions.
Legislation Committee
Monitors legislative developments, including reviewing pertinent legislation pending before the NH Legislature to determine if the proposal affects the administration of justice, the composition and operation of the courts, the practice of law or the legal profession. If a pending bill is found to fall within one of these categories, the Committee determines if the bill is of significant interest to the Bar membership as a whole. Committee meetings are usually weekly at the Bar Center for several months during the legislative session.
New Lawyers Committee
Helps integrate newly admitted members of the Bar into both the Association and the legal profession. Oversees the operation of the Bar’s Mentor Program. Usually meets at 5:15 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month in Manchester or Concord.

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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