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Bar News - December 21, 2016

NHBA Leadership Academy Taps Expertise

Leadership Academy Steering Committee member Jake Marvelley, organizer of the Nov. 3 business module, with Michael Hauptly Pierce, one of the co-owners and founders of Litherman’s Limited, a microbrewery in Concord. Pierce discussed with the Leadership Academy class of 2017 the legal and regulatory challenges of starting a small brewery.

JUDICIAL PANEL – From left, NH Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Gary Hicks, Circuit Court Chief Judge Edwin Kelly & Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau look on as US District Court Chief Judge Joseph Laplante talks to Leadership Academy participants about practice and professionalism on Dec. 1 at the NH Bar Center.

From talking to entrepreneurs and community leaders about the challenges of doing business in the Granite State to going behind the scenes of the state’s courtrooms, the NH Bar Association Leadership Academy program offers attorneys an up-close look at New Hampshire’s inner workings.

For 13 lawyers in the first decade of their careers, the NHBA Leadership Academy is now in full swing. Following a get-acquainted reception and a day-and-a-half retreat focusing on leadership skill-building in October, the business and economy module was held Nov. 3 and the judicial module took place Dec. 1.

Participants each shadowed a judge for a day and heard a panel of administrative judges discuss practice and professionalism. “It was a really interesting experience to see things from the judge’s perspective,” said Alexander Najjar, of the Najjar Employment Group, admitted to the Bar in 2012, who shadowed Circuit Court Judge Mark Weaver in Brentwood. “Their day is tightly scheduled. I got to see how busy these judges are.”

Leadership Academy continues with a half-day educational module in January about nonprofit boards, one about media relations in February, and another on the NH Legislature and executive branch in April.

Participants also will attend the March 10 NHBA Midyear Meeting and the NHBA Annual Meeting on June 23, and organize a presentation on the future of the law, which is scheduled for May 4.

Programming for Leadership Academy, which generally takes place every other year, is organized by a steering committee, chaired this year by two previous Academy graduates, Talesha Saint-Marc and Francesca Hennessy.

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