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Bar News - March 18, 2015


Midyear Meeting 2015


More than 400 attorneys and judges attended the 2015 NH Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Manchester on Feb. 27. NHBA President Lisa Wellman-Ally handed out awards and conducted the business meeting.

Brandon Garod, Ken Burlage and Michael Courtney chat with Mark Sisti during a break in the CLE programs at the NHBA Midyear Meeting in Manchester.
The 2015 Midyear Meeting program highlighted the importance of communication, professionalism and ethical decision-making.

In the morning, CLE presenter Cynthia Sharp, an attorney and consultant, provided a number of practical techniques and tools for improving attorneys’ relations with clients, coworkers, and adversaries, including proactive ways to discover what parts of your own message are not getting through.

The afternoon CLE, divided into two parts addressing the ethical issues of social media and a variety of conflict issues, was delivered with flair by Michael Rubin, a trial attorney. His presentation was illustrated using entertaining evidentiary exhibits. Both programs are available through the NHBA CLE online catalog.

At the luncheon, NHBA President Lisa Wellman-Ally presented awards to Circuit Court Judge Ned Gordon (Distinguished Service to the Public), Henniker attorney Jim Gleason (Vickie Bunnell Award for Community Service), and Strafford County Public Defender Joseph Malfitani (Achievement in Public Sector/Public Interest Law). Marilyn Mahoney of Manchester received the L. Jonathon Ross pro bono award.

Jaye Rancourt, the bar association’s immediate past president, capped a yearlong effort started during her term to document the range and scale of volunteer legal services provided by lawyers. A total of 185 attorneys participated. Attorneys who reported their pro bono participation in the Justice for All Challenge will receive a thank-you card signed by NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis and Gov. Maggie Hassan.

The luncheon also featured the successful rollout of a new fundraising tool by the NH Bar Foundation (see article).


New Hampshire Bar Association President Lisa Wellman-Ally with Jim Gleason, recipient of Vickie Bunnell Award for Community Service.

NH Bar Association Associate Executive Director for Legal Services Ginny Martin with Marilyn Mahoney, recipient of the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor.

Wellman-Ally with Judge Edward “Ned” Gordon, recipient of the Distinguished Service to the Public Award.

Wellman-Ally with Joseph Malfitani of the NH Public Defender, recipient of the Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award.

Thanks to the NHBA Midyear Meeting Exhibitors & Sponsors

•ABA Retirement Funds
•Advanced Resources Marketing
•Ameriprise Financial
•Arthur G. Greene Consulting
•CentricPro Management Services
•Casemaker Legal Research
•Exchange Authority
•FiberKraft
•FindLaw
•GourmentGiftBaskets.com
•Intoxalock
•LawPay
•LexisNexis
•Liberty Mutual
•Nathan Wechsler PA
•NHBA Foreclosure Relief Project
•NHBA Insurance Agency
•Pro Bono Referral Program
•New Hampshire Bar Foundation
•NH Lawyers Assistance Program
•NH Women’s Bar Association
•Prime Medical Legal Consulting Services

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