January 7, 2015

In this Issue

The NH Judicial Council is seeking qualified criminal defense attorneys to be available for potential appointments to serve as indigent defense counsel in several types of cases, in the event that neither the Public Defender Program nor contract attorneys can represent certain clients.

Assigned-counsel lists are being developed for: misdemeanors and felonies; major crimes; juvenile delinquencies; and Supreme Court appeals.

Also, the Judicial Council is seeking attorneys qualified to provide high quality legal representation in defense of capital cases. (This list is being prepared in the event that appointment needs to be made in a capital homicide case or in post-conviction proceedings for a capital case and the Public Defender Program is unable to accept the appointment.)

A number of other vacancies for attorneys and paralegals are posted in the Bar News Classifieds.

Volunteers are needed to judge a regional competition for the American Mock Trial Tournament, being held at Saint Anselm College.

The tournament starts Friday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 1. The format will be the same as previous years: Round 1 on Friday evening; Rounds 2 & 3 on Saturday; Round 4 on Sunday, which will be followed by an awards banquet.

Twenty-four teams were invited to compete on campus, so 36 judges per round are needed. Register or find out more about the Regional Mock Trial tournament. (Look for "Judges register here")

NH Bar members contribute thousands of hours in donated legal services each year. The Bar Association wants to strengthen recognition of its members' volunteerism and improve the image of the profession through the Justice for All Challenge.

The association asks that attorneys who provided at least 30 hours of free legal services or other voluntary service for low-income people in 2014 to record their service hours, either by name or anonymously. Find out more about the Justice for All Challenge.

NH Bar Association Ethics Committee Opinion 2014-15/5 addresses the lawyer's authority to disclose confidential client information, over a client's objection, to protect a client from elder abuse or other threats of substantial bodily harm.

Add a description The NH Bar Association at its 2015 Midyear Meeting on Feb. 27 in Manchester will honor Circuit Court Judge Edward "Ned" Gordon and attorney James Gleason for their service to the public and their communities.

Judge Gordon will receive the Distinguished Service to the Public Award; Gleason will receive the Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service.

The NHBA Gender Equality Committee will present Jaye Rancourt, the association's immediate past-president, with the Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award for calling attention to work-life balance issues and her creation of the "When Love Hurts" educational program on teen dating violence prevention.

Look for more information about the award recipients in the January issue of Bar News. Register for the meeting by Jan. 27 to get the early bird pricing.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Business in the Arts Awards. Sponsored by the NH Business Committee for the Arts, the awards will publicly recognize businesses that supported the arts in 2014, in the form of sponsorships, volunteer involvement, the provision of in-kind goods or services, a public affairs campaign, or other activities.

Four winners will be named - one from each business size category of microenterprise, small, medium and large. The winners, who will be presented with art commissioned from a New Hampshire artist, will be announced at a banquet in Manchester on May 11.

A business, arts organization or individual may submit a nomination online or download a form at www.nhbca.com, or by contacting the NHBCA at (603) 224-8300. Nominations are due Feb. 6.

The Carroll County Bar Association has rescheduled its winter gathering for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Hobbs Tavern in West Ossipee. Light snacks will be provided.

Please RSVP to Leslie Leonard.

CPA Kelli D'Amore of Nathan Wechsler & Company will speak to the NHBA Solo/Small Firm Discussion Group on the financial matters of running your office, with an emphasis on small business management.

This discussion will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at the NH Bar Center. The primary focus will be on best practices for small law firms from start up through tax return preparation. Please RSVP to Rosemarie Atwood.

The February issue of Bar News will feature articles related to tax law and the state's tax system.

Do you have an idea for a short (1,000 words max.) article that would be interesting and informative? Contact Editor Kristen Senz by Jan. 12. Completed articles will be due Monday, Jan. 26.

Obama's drug-sentencing quagmire
Politico reports on the progress (or lack thereof) in the president's clemency effort. Read more.

Who Goes to Jail?
Matt Taibbi, author of The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, is interviewed in a podcast by the public radio news show, Democracy Now. Read more.

Some of these news sites may limit access to subscribers or registered users. (Many sites allow free trial access limited to the number of pages viewed.) Also, the Bar Association does not endorse the sites providing these links; these are provided for your information only.

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