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Bar News - January 21, 2015

Section Connection: NH Bar IP Section Reaches out to Law School

The NH Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section has always been interested not just in sharing information, but in spreading awareness of the practice area in the Granite State.

Recently, the section has been focusing on improving ties to law students, including holding meetings and discussions at UNH School of Law.

Melissa Lyons

Section Chair Melissa Lyons reported that a Nov. 19 meeting of the section at the law school produced a “highly informative” exchange of information between Interim Dean Jordan Budd and faculty and section members. “Both groups left with a better understanding of the challenges that are ahead in the recruitment of STEM and engineering patent bar-eligible candidates and we were able to identify many ways that members of the IP Section can reach out to UNH Law.” The law school also said it can offer new opportunities for intellectual property lawyers to do pro bono work through the law school. In a post on the section list service, UNH Law faculty members provided contact information for a variety of opportunities for service by IP attorneys.

Lyons reported that a future meeting is in the works that will be oriented to attract law students as the section continues its efforts to elevate the visibility of intellectual property practice in the state.

Views from the Bench

Hon. Robert Foley

Judges presiding over specialized dockets are coming to two upcoming section meetings.

From 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, the Family Law Section will be talking about the new high-conflict docket. Circuit Court Judge Robert Foley, who presides over the new docket, is expected to speak, along with either Administrative Judge Edwin Kelly or Deputy Administrative Judge David King.

The Insurance Law Section is gathering on Monday, Feb. 9, for a breakfast meeting at the Bar Center to hear first-hand from Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara about the ins and outs of practice before the business docket five years after its launch. The section also is co-sponsoring an NHBA CLE, “Insurance Law 101” on Thursday, March 26. Section members receive a discounted registration rate.

Going on Vacation?

If you have a vacation coming up and will be away for more than a few days, you might not want to let listserve messages pile up in your inbox. Remember there are ways to stop receiving listserve messages while you are away. Check your Section page on the website

To temporarily stop receiving the list messages, go to and log in using your list email address and the Password nhbar (all lower case.) Change the setting to “no mail.” (If you don’t do that, and you use an auto-reply “Out of Office” message on your email, you risk annoying Section colleagues who are still on the job!)

Religious Accommodation in the Workplace

The Labor and Employment Section tackles the topic of “Religious Accommodation in the Workplace” with a two-hour meeting on Tues., Feb. 10 at the Bar Center. The panelists include Anthony Pino of the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Joni Esperian, executive director of the NH Human Rights Commission.

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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