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Bar News - November 19, 2014

Section Connection: Smuggling, Looting, Museums and the Law

Robert Cheney, chair of the NHBA International Law Section, left, presents the Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year award to Rick St. Hilaire at a section reception last month.

Rick St. Hilaire, who has become an authority on cultural heritage law, received the International Law Section’s 2014 Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year award at an Oct. 30 reception in Manchester, hosted by Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green.

St. Hilaire, along with Victoria Reed, a curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, talked about the challenge of dealing with the prevalence of stolen or smuggled objects of art in the arts market. Reed presented examples of how the MFA has investigated and many times returned items it has determined where stolen, looted or smuggled, and St. Hilaire related local examples and the origin of his interest in the field, which he jumped into full-time after several years as Grafton County Attorney.

Section Chair Robert Cheney presented the award. In addition to personally reaching out to all members of the section to attend, Cheney invited several people in the local museum and arts community to hear Reed’s presentation, including Van McLeod, commissioner of the NH Department of Cultural Resources.

Next up for the International Law Section from noon-2 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 4, is a more practical program, a CLE on EB-5 immigration visas, available to entrepreneurs and investors who start businesses in the US. The program includes attorneys Nathan Warecki and John Wilson, and Bud Fitch, state director for US Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Psychological Evaluations & Family Law

The Family Law Section, which will meet Monday, Dec. 15, is planning a program that will provide background and tips to help members better understand the use of psychological evaluations in family law cases.

Q&A with Judge King

The Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate Law Section will host Deputy Circuit Court Administrative Judge David King at its upcoming meeting and holiday social from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Red Blazer Restaurant in Concord. Bring questions and then be prepared to cheer in the holiday season with colleagues. RSVPs from section members needed by Nov. 24.

Workers Comp – a Small Bar Within a Bar

Donna Daneke, chair of the NHBA Workers’ Compensation Section, said that while attorneys who practice in this area tend to focus on representing either employers or employees, the practice remains collegial. “We are a relatively small ‘bar’ – so we all know each other and get along,” she says.

The Workers’ Comp section meets quarterly and usually follows an informal format of reviewing whether there are any new developments in the field, meeting with decision-makers, such as Labor Commissioner James Craig, or simply catching up.

The section meets next at the Common Man Restaurant in Concord from noon-2 p.m. for a social gathering.

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