NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Judicial Applicants Sought

The Judicial Selection Commission has issued a new call for applications for Superior Court and Circuit Court vacancies, due by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. The vacancy notice does not specify the number of judicial vacancies for either court; for Circuit Court positions, candidates with family law experience are encouraged to apply.

Please use the revised application form. The vacancy notice also includes instructions for candidates who applied in 2015 on which forms to update in order to reapply.

Cheshire County Attorneys – LRS Needs You

Full-fee potential clients in Cheshire County area are looking for attorneys to handle personal injury claims, Social Security disability appeals, worker’s compensation appeals, real estate matters, business matters and/or bankruptcy cases. The NH Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service has had to refer these cases outside of Cheshire County.

If you handle these types of cases and are based in Cheshire County, please consider joining LRS, so that these clients can be referred to you. Find LRS information in the Member Benefits section on the Bar’s website or contact Sheila Vermacy at (603) 715-3235.

Practice Management Workshop

The NH Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Discussion Group welcomes guest speaker Donald Coker for a workshop on “Practice Management Systems: What They Are and What They Do.” Please join us from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.

You will learn...

  • what a good practice management system is
  • what it does
  • what it can do for your firms organization, productivity, and profitability
  • how to use a practice management system for marketing; client, contact and matter information; email management; document assembly and management; notes to the file, and how it can be tied into billing.

Please RSVP Rosemarie Atwood if you are interested in attending this great workshop.

Bar Center
Concord
Wednesday
Jan. 27
Noon - 2 p.m.

Identity Theft & Return-Preparer Fraud CLE - 1/26

Seats are still available for this program. Elizabeth Segovis, director of the Rhode Island Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, will join David Lawson and Susan Turner, of the Portsmouth Taxpayer Advocate Service office, to discuss how to work an identity theft case to assist victims of fraud. The program is open to all attorneys at an already-low price, but discounts are available for Low-Income Taxpayer Project volunteers.

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
Tuesday
Jan. 26
1:30 - 4 p.m.
120 Live NHMCLE General Minutes

Learn more or register for the Live, In-Person Seminar or Live Webcast.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Tort defense in Belknap County. Client threatened with court action and loss of license after auto accident. Insured driver admitted fault at the scene, but no fault assigned by police. Client needs help negotiating and can meet an attorney in Concord if needed. Please contact Janice.

Help for a family in crisis. Couple has a judgment against them in Nashua District Court, stemming from a landlord/tenant action. They recently learned that there is now a warrant out for their arrest. They have young children and need assistance to gain some time until their tax refund arrives. Please contact Carolann.

Business in the Arts Awards – 2/5

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Business in the Arts Awards, sponsored by the NH Business Committee for the Arts. Awards are presented in the categories of microenterprise, small, medium and large businesses. The Leadership Award will be given to a business leader.

Winners will be announced at a banquet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 9, at The Center of NH – Radisson Hotel in Manchester. Download a form or submit nominations online at www.nhbca.com. Nominations are due Feb. 5.

Judge Cassavechia Retirement Reception – 2/23

Judge Cassavecchia

All NH Bar members are invited to attend a retirement reception for the Hon. Gary R. Cassavechia from 3-5 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 23, in the Probate Courtroom at the Strafford County Justice and Administration Building, 259 County Farm Road, Dover.

Tuesday
Feb. 23
3 - 5 p.m.

Poll Question

If you are voting in the NH presidential primary, have you made up your mind as to who you will vote for?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

When you are not on the job, do you read the fine print on consumer contracts or terms and conditions on websites?

Yes - 28.8%            No - 31.8%            Sometimes - 42.4%

Pro Bono Hockey Game Raises $4,000+

Huge thanks to the organizers, players and sponsors of the first annual Pro Bono Hockey Game, held Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Teams Liberty and Justice went head-to-head for a great cause – providing legal representation to low-income citizens of New Hampshire, through support of the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program. Look for more coverage of the game on the Bar’s social media pages and in next month's issue of Bar News.

Suggested Reading

Bill Would Shift Burden of Justifying ‘Reasonable Compensation’ to Partnerships
Bill would give DRA greater authority to audit partnerships. Read more.

Auto-Renewal Lawsuits on the Rise
Originally intended in the most optimistic terms as a convenience for the consumer, reality has suggests otherwise with scores of consumers hit with charges for automatically renewed services they didn’t want. The problem has left many a consumer filing an Auto-Renewal Lawsuit. Read more at LawyerAndSettlements.com.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

NHBA Insurance Agency
You Protect Your Clients and We Protect You. Exclusively Serving Association Members. Suzanne Morand, AIA, CIC, Senior Account Executive (866) 642-2292, smorand@nhbar.org.

Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C.
Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Slips and Falls, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Termination, Sexual Harassment, Workplace Discrimination, Divorces, Family Law, Criminal Law and DUI. We can help. Call us today at 1-800-240-1988, or visit our website.

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 at www.nhbar.org 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 at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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