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Bar News - March 22, 2017

Bar Governance: Board Receives Updates, Approves Expanded Referral Program

At the NH Bar Association Board of Governor’s meeting March 9 in Manchester, board and staff members discussed ongoing work on strategic initiatives identified through feedback from the 2016 member survey, including efforts to determine how the NHBA might assist members who wish to, or are, transitioning out of law practice.

NH ABA Delegate and NH Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) Board Chair Russ Hilliard said a LAP subcommittee was exploring whether a North Carolina program might provide a good model for helping transitioning lawyers in New Hampshire.

The board also discussed the ongoing assessment of the NHBA by a special commission set up by the NH Supreme Court in July. As part of its work, the commission, which is scheduled to issue a report in mid-June, has asked for a comparative analysis of the NHBA with other bar associations of similar size across the country. The board voted to request a meeting with the court commission to discuss its work and goals.

John MacIntosh, the NHBA’s legislative representative, also gave the board a brief update on the legislative session.

Additionally, the board voted to join the growing list of sponsors for the centennial celebration of the first woman admitted to the practice of law in New Hampshire – Winnie McLaughlin was admitted in 1917. The NH Bar Foundation is spearheading a collaborative effort of several organizations to mark the anniversary with a dinner event on June 1. Tickets are now on sale online.

The NHBA Board of Governors also met Feb. 16. At that meeting, the board approved an appropriation to support the Gender Equality Committee’s next 10-year survey, which is expected to occur later this year.

The board also approved the NH Modest Means Legal Program, an expansion of the Reduced-Fee Referral Program that will make legal services by panel attorneys available on a sliding scale to consumers at higher income levels than currently qualify under the existing program. The revamped program is slated to launch June 1, increasing access to justice for thousands of New Hampshire residents while providing panel attorneys with additional referrals.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the NH Bar Center in Concord.

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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