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Bar News - October 19, 2016

Board Governance: NHBA Board Hears Plan to Transfer Insurance Agency

The NHBA Insurance Agency is exploring the potential transfer of the agency to a New Hampshire-based insurance company that would continue to use the NHBA name and operate from within the NH Bar Center, providing the same level of member service, while increasing insurance offerings to members.

Russ Hilliard, chair of the NHBA Insurance Agency board, attended the NHBA Board of Governors meeting Sept. 15 via Skype from Tanzania to explain the concept. He said NHBA Insurance broker Sue Morand plans to stay with the agency another four or five years; the arrangement with the outside insurance company is part of a succession plan for the agency that is designed to maintain high-quality service to members and broaden the range of insurance products available.

The Board of Governors planned to review a draft agreement at its Oct. 27 meeting.

At the September meeting, the board also received an update on efforts to launch a nationally developed web-based pro bono platform that would provide more opportunities for the public to pose legal questions that lawyers could volunteer to answer anonymously. Ginny Martin, director of legal services at the NHBA, said rules and ethics considerations surrounding the effort in New Hampshire are still being ironed out.

NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy gave an update about the associationís work with the commission appointed by the NH Supreme Court to report on the status and direction of the association (see Q&A with committee chair Gordon MacDonald). McCoy said the commissionís work offers an opportunity to further educate members and the public about the association.

The boardís Oct. 27 meeting is being held at the Portsmouth Sheraton on the evening preceding the NHBA Annual Meeting.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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