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Bar News - June 21, 2017

Bar Governance: NH Bar Budget Maintains Services, Level Bar Dues

The NH Bar Association Board of Governors convened May 18 at the Bar Center in Concord. President-Elect Scott Harris introduced Andrew Hamilton, ABA NH Bar Association New Lawyer Delegate, who will begin serving his term in August 2017. Hamilton is an attorney at McLane Middleton of Manchester.

Harris also introduced Leadership Academy participants and recognized their efforts in producing the May 4 “Symposium on Leading into the Future.”

Changes at the Bar. NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy noted that Assistant Executive Director Denice DeStefano will be retiring from her full-time position at the end of June 2017, bringing about some changes to the staff structure. Human resources and facilities will now be managed with finance, IT and benefits administration under the newly named NHBA Business Operations Department. Meeting and event management and other member support activities will join with Continuing Legal Education to form the newly named Professional Development Department.

An unfilled member services position has been restructured to include practice management and will be filled in the upcoming year. Members should look for a new website, coordination of information and services to meet specific member needs and challenges, and more efficient communication from the renewed Marketing and Communications Department.

FY 2017-18 Budget. Harris presented the 2017-18 NHBA budget. Chris Regan, as a member of the NHBA Finance Committee, spoke about the budget development process and noted that there were several reviews before this final budget was presented to the full Board of Governors, which approved it unanimously. Regan noted that the proposed budget maintains the same dues level, set in 2010, while planning for the future and preserving service levels identified as important to the membership.

Strategic Plan. Ed Philpot reported on several of the strategic planning initiatives being pursued based on member survey feedback. The Leadership Academy Symposium provided background information and depth to understand various groups who are considering transition out of practice. This information will be reviewed in detail as resources are being pulled together to serve the segment of the Association membership considering leaving the practice of law.

The Modest Means Referral program will be rolling out throughout June. Expect to see outreach to membership as well as to the public throughout the year. CLE is seeing a growing response to the shorter Lunch & Learn presentations.

More on Denice DeStefano’s long career at the NH Bar Association will appear in the July issue of NH Bar News.

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