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Bar News - September 16, 2015

Bar Governance: Jennifer Parent Named to ABA Delegate Post on NHBA Board


Jennifer Parent, a past president of the NH Bar Association, rejoins the NHBA Board of Governors following her appointment as the representative of the NH Bar Association on the American Bar Association Board of Delegates.

Her appointment was part of a short business agenda at the NHBA Board of Governors meeting Aug. 14, most of which was devoted to the annual board orientation and a discussion about issues facing the association and the legal profession in the next few years (See Presidentís Perspective for more details.)

One of the other actions taken during the business portion of the agenda was the appointment of NHBA President-elect David Ruoff to serve on a legislative study commission (created by SB 96) examining rights of defense and indemnification under RSA 99-D for state employees before professional licensing boards. Ruoff also will serve on a legislative study committee (formed by SB 14) examining the removal of limits on compensation of counsel for indigent defendants and making other changes to the NH Judicial Council.

Parentís appointment was necessitated by the election of Russell Hilliard, who had been serving as Association Delegate to the ABA, to the position of ABA State Delegate, representing ABA members living in New Hampshire. Hilliard replaces L. Jonathan Ross, whose three-year term as state delegate ended at the ABAís Annual Meeting in August.

NHBA President Mary Tenn joined the board in formally thanking Ross for his long service, both representing New Hampshire members and the association in the ABA House of Delegates and for his dedication to the issue of access to justice. Ross has served on and chaired the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Defense, was a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and is currently serving on the ABA Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts Commission.

Also at the ABA meeting, Hilliard became president of the National Caucus of State Bar Associations, a group that coordinates the efforts of state bar associations in considering and proposing matters before the ABA House of Delegates.

Parent was recently elected secretary of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, a position on a leadership track that leads to the presidency of an entity comprised of local and state bar leaders.

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