Bar News - June 17, 2015
President's Perspective: Thank You for a Memorable Year as Bar President
By: Lisa Wellman-Ally
This is my last monthly report, so I want to use this opportunity to reflect. It has been an amazing year. I have had the chance to meet many of you and I continue to be impressed with the quality of our bar. We really are a collegial and dedicated bunch. Thank you all for making this year a challenging and memorable one.
I opened my practice six months before taking office as president of the New Hampshire Bar Association. I operate without any staff (other than some “voluntary” assistance from my teenage daughter). I have a litigation practice, which keeps me out of the office almost every day for large blocks of time. Living and working in Claremont makes juggling the responsibilities that come with the practice and holding office as president of the bar association challenging, but not impossible. And, if I can do it, so can you.
I want to encourage all of you to become involved in Bar Association activities. Come to live CLEs for great opportunities to meet your fellow law practitioners from across the state. Attend the mid-year and annual meetings, where association members celebrate and honor those who have done especially outstanding work. And, where the association also honors all of us who just fight the fight and work our hardest to advocate for our clients.
Please also remember to mentor those newer attorneys. They can benefit from your knowledge and experience. It is also imperative that we remind them of the “New Hampshire Way” of practicing law and promote professionalism in all aspects of our practice. When faced with a self-represented litigant, let’s remember to treat them with the same respect we would want for ourselves. If we lead by example, they will follow.
Finally, I want all of you to remember why you became lawyers. It is truly a learned and honorable profession. We need to remind the world how valuable attorneys are and how we can bring sanity to a sometimes insane process. I am so proud to be a lawyer. I am especially proud to be a New Hampshire lawyer. And most of all, I am proud to have been your Bar Association president.