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Bar News - April 19, 2017

Board Perspective: Annual Meeting: Seven Good Reasons to Attend


Truth is, I could probably think of more than seven reasons to attend the NH Bar Association Annual Meeting, to be held June 23-25 at the Mountain View Grand in beautiful Whitefield, New Hampshire, but seven is, in some ways, the perfect number.

At least one authoritative text (well, maybe it was just a statement someplace on the Internet), describes the number ď7Ē as embracing ďthe senses of a change after an accomplished cycle, and of a positive renewal.Ē And so it shall be, if you can make it to the first resort-based Annual Meeting in a long time.

The Mountain View Grand is an extraordinary place. Situated in the midst of the White Mountains, you can sit on the veranda morning, noon or night and let the landscape sweep over you. With a cocktail, coffee or long glass of iced tea in your hand, you canít help but escape the rigors of your law practice. Whether its golf, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, billiards, ping-pong, jogging, taking in a movie, getting a manicure and a massage or axe-throwing, there are plenty of diversions for you, your family and significant others.
If you insist on making everything at least a little about the work, weíll have plenty of CLE replays and lectures that will stimulate your intellect (and help you fulfill your CLE quota for the year).
Participating as part of a group has been proven again and again to increase feelings of warmth and motivation, leading to a healthier you.
Youíll want to help celebrate the achievements of an extraordinary group of NHBA members who will mark 50 years in law practice at the meeting, as well as those judges who will be retiring after serving the profession and the newest leaders of the Bar, who will be graduating from the Leadership Academy.
Showing up fortifies the Bar Association that supports you. Networking with your fellow lawyers in the refined atmosphere of the Mountain View Grand is bound to facilitate connections you would not otherwise make, garner insights that only those affiliations can yield and, in that way, make the practice of law that much more tolerable. Who knows, you might bump into someone who wants to give you your next big case.
The weekend is really a vacation dressed up as a professional event. Itís not every vacation you can write off (okay, Iím not a tax lawyer, so donít take my hyperbole as advice).
We really like you and want you to attend. The New Hampshire Bar has long been known as a supportive, collegial organization. Keeping that character requires some effort on all of our parts. Just showing up is a large part of that effort. I guarantee you the meeting will be one you will remember fondly for years to come, just like many of us remember the Annual Meetings at The Balsams and other grand hotels years ago.

Scott Harris is President-elect of the NHBA and will assume the office of President at the NHBA Annual Meeting. For more information and to register for this special event, please visit

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