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Bar News - November 16, 2016

Bar Governance: NH Bar Board Receives Stellar Association Audit Report


The NH Bar Associationís new audit firm, OíConnor & Drew, of Braintree, Mass., attended the NHBA Board of Governors meeting in Portsmouth on Oct. 27, to present the annual audited financial reports for the NH Bar Association and its subsidiary, NHBA Insurance Agency, as well as NH Pro Bono Referral System.

The auditors reported that the associationís financial statements are in good order and were presented fairly.

NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy also updated the board on efforts to provide requested information to the NH Supreme Court Commission on the NH Bar in the 21st Century. She said there may be interest in exploring some potential scenarios that the association might confront in the future, to review what plans the association has in place to manage those. In addition, the American Bar Association Division for Bar Services is providing the commission with some data to show how the NH Bar Association compares with unified bars in other states, she said.

Board member Ed Philpot provided an update on the implementation of the associationís strategic plan and action plans related to the membership survey conducted earlier this year. Groups are investigating evidence from the survey that showed many lawyers transitioning out of practice for reasons other than retirement.

Depending on the reasons and the numbers, finding ways to serve this population might become a priority for the organization, but it is still too early to tell. He said there would be a promotional push to inform members of the services and resources that are already available in this area.

In response to member and board suggestions, the CLE department has created some one-hour webcasts to start in January. The NHBA New Lawyers Committee also will present ďTraps for the Unwary,Ē a digital publication for new members, in a series of one-hour webinars, with an interactive call-in component, at a cost reasonable for new attorneys.

The board also discussed a vacancy on the board for an attorney representing Sullivan County. Anyone interested in filling the seat for the remainder of the term should contact NHBA President-elect Scott Harris.

The boardís next meeting was to be held Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Bar Center in Concord.

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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