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Bar News - September 17, 2014

Section Connection: Fall Arrives and Dialogue Resumes for Section Members

Timothy Boucher (left) and George Thompson were elected Sept. 9 to lead the NHBA Real Property Law Section as chair and vice chair, respectively.
With summer over, weather cooling, and kids back to school, leaders of sections of the Bar Association are busy drawing up agendas, corralling speakers and scheduling meaningful programming for the year.

Bar members who are members of sections receive email notices of upcoming meetings as soon as dates are set and details are finalized. (These email notices are not the same as section listservs – some members opt out of the email listserves.)

The Labor & Employment Law Section presents its first program on Tuesday, Sept. 23, “Criminal Law Issues in the Workplace” from 3-5 p.m. at the Bar Center. Section chair Peg O’Brien says she is working closely with officers Katie Kiernan Marble and Alex Najar to fill out plans for the section’s three or four informal meetings coming up this year.

Coming up in November is a panel discussion on alternative dispute resolution in employment law that will include non-lawyer mediators, and a possible session in February on religious discrimination featuring a speaker from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The section usually does not hold its own CLEs, as employment law programs offered by the NHBA•CLE Committee usually address topics the group wants to cover.

O’Brien says sections offer a distinctive, neutral forum for attorneys in the practice area. “It fosters a collegial practice. If you participate in the section, you get the chance to meet people in a non-adversarial and informal setting, and that helps when you later encounter them representing someone on the other side of your case,” said O’Brien, an attorney at Devine Millimet since 2008. “Last year, we did a roundtable program on non-compete agreements, looking at a statute that is difficult to implement. It really helped to have attorneys from different perspectives hold that discussion.”

Timothy Boucher (left) and George Thompson were elected Sept. 9 to lead the NHBA Real Property Law Section as chair and co-chair, respectively. on Sept. 9 elected Timothy Boucher, state counsel at Chicago Title Insurance in New Hampshire, and George Thompson, of Welts, White & Fontaine in Nashua, as chair and co-chair of the section. These officers succeed John Weaver and Kelly Ovitt Puc, who have led the section for the past couple of years.

At the Sept. 9 meeting, the Real Property Law section continued work on its annual update to the Title Examination Standards, which is usually approved and published in time for the new calendar year. Carol Brooks, a longtime member of the section, also briefed provided a briefing on new laws relevant to the practice area, and on the activity of a legislatively created commission examining foreclosure practice in 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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