Bar News - July 16, 2014|
Bar Governance: NHBA Board Approves LARC Board Appointments
By: Dan Wise
The June meeting of the NHBA Board of Governors was held the evening prior to the start of the 2014 Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Portsmouth.
Among the action items on the agenda was the Boardís endorsement of three appointments to the Legal Advice & Referral Center Board: former Attorney General Michael Delaney, now a member of the McLane law firm; Dana Bisbee, of the Devine Millimet firm; and Quinn Kelley, of the NH office of Boyle, Shaughnessy & Campo.
Bisbee and Kelley, who attended the meeting, along with LARC executive director Connie Rakowsky and LARC board member Lawrence Edelman, both explained their interest as directors for LARC, the federally-funded legal services agency that serves as an initial point of contact for many low-income citizens seeking advice on civil legal matters.
Bisbee related that in addition to his many years in public service at the NH Attorney Generalís office and as assistant commissioner (and acting commissioner) of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, one of his first contacts with the legal profession was when he was interning as a college student at Pine Tree Legal Services in Maine.
Kelley, a member of the NH Barís New Lawyers Committee and representative for the state in the American Bar Associationís Young Lawyers Division, is a native of Berlin. Kelley said he is aware of the many challenges facing low-income residents of the Granite State, especially in the North Country, where both economic opportunities and access to legal services are scarce.
Outgoing NHBA President Jaye Rancourt praised all three nominees as being exceptionally qualified to help guide LARC.
The Board also received a briefing from Dan Richardson, president-elect of the Vermont Bar Association and Robert Paolini, its executive director, on its Virtual Incubator project for rural lawyers Ė an initiative similar to one new Bar President Lisa Wellman-Allyís in New Hampshire. Read more.
Board members also were reminded to seek out talented Bar Association members to recommend for participation in the upcoming Leadership Academy, and NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy updated the board on the transition to new reporting methods for compliance with NH Supreme Court Rule 53 Ė NHMCLE. Read more.