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Bar News - October 18, 2017

Bar Governance: NHBA Board Retreat Kick-Starts Future Planning


The New Hampshire Bar Association leadership team and Board of Governors met Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Wolfeboro Inn in Wolfeboro NH, for the annual Board of Governors Orientation. The full-day retreat provided an opportunity to introduce and acclimate new board members to the group and served as a refresher for standing members of the board as to roles and responsibilities.

Acting Director Denice DeStefano worked with the board officers to develop the agenda and lead a program that highlighted opportunities for board and member participation and focused discussion around the strategic plan and needs identified in the 2016 NHBA member survey.

Each of the directors of the NH Bar Association presented an overview of their departments including a view to the organizational structure and summary of the business functions under their purview. Time was also given to discussing initiatives and projects that were underway for the upcoming fiscal year. Paula Lewis, the NHBA’s director of business operations, presented budget highlights and outlined the fiduciary obligations of the Board of Governors.

Richard Guerriero, Cheshire County governor and active member of both the CLE and ethics committees, led a discussion on the board’s responsibility for goal-setting and measurement.

Following lunch, the board and staff split into workgroups to discuss and develop goals around the following topics: Member service and outreach, public service and outreach, and governance and administration. Each team shared their ideas with the larger group. The results of this brainstorming will be developed into an action plan for the upcoming year.

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