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Bar News - March 18, 2015

Section Connection: Throw in Your Hat? NHBA Section Elections Are Coming Up

John Kitchen and Barbara Maloney, chair of the Mental & Physical Disabilities Law Section, served as faculty for a live webcast for NHMCLE credit on the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.

Lead the Way...Step Up to Leadership

Many of the NH Bar Association’s 22 sections are holding officer elections at meetings between March and May. Section members are encouraged to step up to the plate and run for a section officer position.

Section officers help drive section activities and benefit from making new connections and contributing to the profession.

Nomination and election information will be published in upcoming section meeting notices. Positions include chair, vice chair, and clerk, and the term of office is June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.

Labor Law Section Celebrates One of their Own

The Labor & Employment Law Section is hosting a reception in honor of US District Court Magistrate Judge Andrea Johnstone, who was a longtime employment lawyer before her appointment to the court, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Bar Center, in the Pillsbury Room (lower level). Appetizers and wine provided for section members, colleagues and friends. No cost to attend, but RSVPs are due by April 7. Contact sections coordinator Patty Frechette.

This event immediately follows the NHBA•CLE 14th annual Labor and Employment Law CLE, an all-day program.

On the Air with the ABLE Act

The NHBA Mental and Physical Disabilities Section quickly organized a live webinar on the ABLE Act, which created a new type of tax-free savings account for individuals with disabilities. The Feb. 18 program was offered online to other bar associations through InReach CE, NHBA•CLE’s online partner, and it is believed to be one of the first programs in the country on the legal aspects of this new financial vehicle.

In addition to the new federal law amending the IRS code, the NH Legislature is considering enabling legislation for these accounts. (See article detailing aspects of the ABLE accounts.)

Section Chair Barbara Maloney said the CLE was a double benefit for the section – it succeeded in getting information out quickly about a new finance tool for disabled people, and making the program available online increased visibility for the section. Most webcast viewers were not section members, she said.

The program is available through the NHBA•CLE online catalog.

State House Updates

The NHBA Family Law Section on March 19 will be hearing from John MacIntosh, the Bar Association’s legislative representative, about the status of pending family law-related bills. The Elder Law & Estate Planning Section will receive an update from MacIntosh on April 1.

All Bar Association members can access the NHBA Legislation Watch website via the members-only section of to check on legislation that may be relevant to their practice areas. Selected bills that are being tracked by the NHBA Legislation Committee appear in Legislation Watch, grouped by practice areas or keywords.

Free Speech and Municipal Law

Gilles Bissonette, staff attorney for the NH Civil Liberties Union, will be among the presenters for an April 15 Municipal Law Section program titled Municipal Law and Free Speech at the Bar Center.

The CLE program, for section members, will cover such issues as panhandling and loitering ordinances, parade or demonstration permits, and issues involving municipal employees’ free speech. Additional faculty TBA.

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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