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A Message from NHBA Pro Bono

Pro Bono staff are in the midst of closing cases for 2016, a yearly activity that is vital to securing sustained grant funding for Pro Bono programs. If you have a case that should be closed, please contact Margaret. Thank you for your assistance and support.

In addition, Pro Bono has an occasional need for attorneys who are willing to take on Supreme Court appeals. Typically, the client has had a Pro Bono lawyer for the underlying case and is the respondent in the appeal. Please contact Margaret to sign up for this panel or for more information.

Bar News Seeks Trusts & Estates Articles

The March issue of Bar News will feature a special section on trusts and estates, and in New Hampshire, there is a lot of activity in this area of the law. Do you have an idea for a topic that should be covered? Are you interested in writing an article? Get in touch with the editor to learn more and discuss your ideas. Article drafts of 800-1,000 words will be due Monday, Feb. 16.

Review Bar News submission guidelines. Not your practice area? Labor and employment law will be featured in April, and real property law in May.

Education and Juvenile Law CLE – 2/8

This session will provide you with the information you need to effectively assist students, including a toolkit of strategies to provide effective legal representation from the schoolhouse to the courtroom. Practitioners who represent children, parents and school districts, juvenile (CHINS/delinquency) law practitioners, juvenile court judges, educational advocates, Guardians ad Litem and court liaisons to school districts should attend this program.

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
Feb. 8
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
300 General NHMCLE Minutes &
60 Ethics

Attend in Person or via Live Webcast.

Gender Equality Breakfast at Midyear Meeting

NH Bar Association member Joe Keefe of PAX World in Portsmouth has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Philip S. Hollman Equality Award, which will be presented immediately preceding the NHBA Midyear Meeting, at 7:15 a.m., Friday, March 10, at the Radisson/Center of NH in Manchester.

Tickets to the Gender Equality Breakfast, at which Keefe will also give the keynote address, are $15 and must be purchased separately from the Midyear Meeting registration.

Don’t miss out on this chance to network with colleagues and support the cause of gender equality in the legal profession. Seating is limited. For more information, contact NHBA Gender Equality Committee staff liaison Anne Breault.

Take advantage of Early Bird pricing before the Feb. 17 deadline and save up to 35% on CLE programming and the Honors and Awards Luncheon.

Comment Period on Rule Changes – 2/13

The NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules has reported proposed rule amendments to the Supreme Court with a recommendation that they be adopted. Members of the bench, bar, legislature, executive branch or public may file comments on the proposals between now and Feb. 13 to The proposed rule amendments relate to:
Circuit Court-District Division Rules 5.4, 5.7 and 5.9. Landlord and Tenant.
New Hampshire Rule of Criminal Procedure 12(a). Discovery.

Read the order requesting comment.
Read the committee’s full report of Nov. 1, 2016.

New Court ADR Coordinator

The NH Judicial Branch has hired Heather Kulp as the new coordinator of the Judicial Branch Office of Mediation and Arbitration. She replaces Molly Brown starting Jan. 21.

Read more in this month's Bar News.

First Circuit Adopts Local Rule Change

After receiving no comments, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has adopted amendments to Local Rule 35.0(b), related to En Banc Determination.



The ABA TECHSHOW Conference and Expo is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, through Saturday, March 18, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois. This conference is designed to update lawyers on all the latest law-related technological advancements. It also offers networking opportunities and exposure to technology vendors.

Whether you’re a regular or first-time attendee, the conference website has all the details. Get early bird pricing between now and Jan. 30. Special rates for ABA members, paralegals, legal aid attorneys and law students.

Justice Prevails on the Ice!

Team Justice (white jerseys) prevailed over Team Liberty 10-6 at the second-annual Pro Bono Benefit Hockey Game on Sunday at Saint Anselm College. At least two generations of New Hampshire lawyers representing more than two dozen law firms and state agencies played in the benefit game. All proceeds benefit the NH Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program.

Game sponsors: Parnell, Michels & McKay, McCandless & Nicholson, Connelly Reporting and Videoconferencing, Upton & Hatfield, Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell, Devine Millimet, Orr and Reno, and Sulloway and Hollis.

Look for more photos in the February issue of NH Bar News.

Suggested Reading

36 Law Firms Pilot Ideas to Resolve Gender Divide.
A partnership tracker app, a data-based compensation tool, and a gender-neutral reporting and evaluation system are among the ideas. Read more.

How Social Media Impacts Law Students.
Graduates are grappling with their presence while navigating an increasingly competitive job market. 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.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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Inclement Weather Notice

In the event of inclement weather, closings or delayed openings at the Bar Center will be communicated via the Bar's website and on our voicemail greeting at the Bar Center.

If the Bar Center is experiencing a delayed opening, we will be open as soon as is reasonably possible for staff to safely get in to the office. If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center ay 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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