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Bar News - January 20, 2016


Section Connection: NHBA Section Participation Is Strong and Growing

During the first half of the Bar year, the NH Bar Association sections were busy holding many events, including networking lunches, award ceremonies and popular CLE programs.

As the sections move into the second half of the year, members ought to consider volunteering to serve as section leaders next year. Many sections will be holding officer elections in the spring.

Below is recap of some section activities that have taken place during the first half of the 2015-16 membership year.

Looking Back (June-Dec. 2015)

• Overall section activity is up over last year. During the first half of the membership year, Sections held 39 meetings, including four CLEs. (Last year, during the same period, there were 36 meetings and six CLEs.)

• Average number of attendees at section events is 17

• Elder, Estate Planning & Probate Section held the most meetings, with six in the first half of the year.

• The NHBA Family Law Section continues to have the most active email listserve.

• Twenty-two members of the Telecommunications, Energy & Utilities Law Section attended a legislative update on energy and telecom issues in June.

• More than 50 members of the Real Property and Elder, Estate Planning & Probate Sections attended the annual ice cream social in Portsmouth in August.

• The Labor & Employment Law Section enjoyed a strong turnout for the October discussion on workplace monitoring: legitimate employer interests and employee concerns.

• The Tax Section surveyed its members in October and held a meeting in November to discuss the results. Although it was a modest turnout for the meeting, Section Chair Tony Sayess reported that “everyone found it to be a valuable and fun event.” The officers are planning to host meetings at various locations in 2016.

• Four Judges from the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit were guest panelists in November for the Federal Practice/Criminal Justice Section-sponsored CLE held at the US District Court in Concord. The CLE was followed by a reception in honor of Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard, a NH Bar member. It was a unique educational opportunity to hear directly from the Bench regarding First Circuit appellate advocacy, and a unique social opportunity for Section members to meet and greet the judges at the reception. More than 50 people attended.

• The International Law Section presented its annual Daniel Webster International Lawyer of the Year Award to Portsmouth attorney Charles Doleac at a luncheon meeting hosted by SPB+G in Manchester in November.

• Mental health issues and the New Hampshire criminal courts was the topic of a well-attended meeting of the Criminal Justice Section in November. Members of the Disabilities Law Section also attended.

• Judges David King and Gary Cassavechia, and Circuit Court staff attorney Beth Kissinger, addressed a packed room at the December meeting of the Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate Section at the Common Man Restaurant in Concord. The panelists provided an annual Probate Court update.

• Thirty-six members attended the Workers’ Comp Section holiday luncheon in December at the Common Man. It was a relaxed and informal networking event, and a lively group.

Looking Ahead (Jan.-May 2016)

• There are 27 Section meetings currently scheduled, including a half-day Family Law CLE in April on the topic of ethics and pro se parties. The program will be produced in cooperation with the NHBA CLE Committee.

• Officer elections will take place at Section meetings occurring in March through May. Newer Bar members are encouraged to get involved with their practice Sections and consider serving in a leadership capacity.

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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