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Midyear Meeting: Intersections of Science & Law – 3/10

REGISTER NOW. The NH Bar Association Midyear Meeting, scheduled for Friday, March 10, at the Radisson/Center of NH in Manchester, will feature CLE programming on scientific research covering a wide array of topics – from forensic technology to implicit bias – that will inform your practice and enhance your knowledge base.

Connect with colleagues and celebrate achievements at the Honors and Awards Luncheon. Join the Gender Equality Committee for the Gender Equality Breakfast (separate ticket required) in the morning.

Register online by Feb. 17 and get the early bird discount: only $125 for the whole day.

Radisson/Center of NH
Manchester, NH
Friday
March 10
9 a.m. -
5 p.m.
300 NHMCLE General Minutes

Board Nominations Open for 2017

The NH Bar Association is seeking nominations for positions on the NHBA Board of Governors for the membership year starting in June 2017. The petition is available on the Bar's website.

The membership will elect two at-large governors (three-year term). Nomination for Vice President (one-year term) will also be made by petition.

Members in Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Merrimack and Rockingham counties must nominate county governors, each for a two-year term. In addition, Sullivan County members must nominate a governor for the 1 year remaining in the 2-year term because the governor appointed last year has moved, so is not eligible to serve. County Governor nominations require 10 signatures from voting members in the particular county; officer and at-large petitions require 25 signatures.

Petitions are due March 1; election to be through online ballots sent to eligible members starting April 1. For information about serving on the Board, contact NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy.

New Lawyer Happy Hour – 2/3

Being a new lawyer can be hard work and stressful. The New Hampshire Bar Association’s New Lawyers Committee wants to help New Hampshire’s new attorneys relax, meet other new lawyers, and have a good time!

A New Lawyers Happy Hour is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at The Draft in Concord. Appetizers will be provided by the New Lawyers Committee, and Upton & Hatfield will cover the drinks tab for the beginning of the evening. Contact Deb Bridges at the NHBA for more information.

The Draft
Concord
Friday Feb.3
5:30 p.m.

Solos and Small Firms: Practice Management Software Feedback – 1/30

For a potential forthcoming article, Bar News is looking for NH Bar member feedback about law practice management software. Which software do you use to manage your practice and why? What are the most important factors (other than cost) when considering which software package to use?

Please send responses to news@nhbar.org by Jan. 30.

Remembering Past Bar President Fred Hall Jr.

Fred Hall Jr. of Rochester died on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at the age of 96. Fred served as president of the NH Bar Association from 1965-66, was active as a community leader, and was a veteran who had served his country in World War II - including the Normandy Invasion on D-Day June 6, 1944 - and the Korean War. He was a founder and Fellow of the NH Bar Foundation and established the Judge William A. Grimes Judicial Excellence Award.

Fred served as Director of the UNH Alumni Association and was a member and Chair of the UNH Board of Trustees (1966-1973). He received the Alumni Meritorious Service Award and the Alumni Association Profile of Service Award. Hall House, a student dormitory, was named in his honor.

Read his obituary online. Anyone with memories of Fred Hall is encouraged to send a remembrance and/or old photos to news@nhbar.org.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Landlord/tenant matter - for negotiations only. In Franklin District Court, case involves both 540-A for restoration of basic utilities and eviction defense. Client needs an attorney to handle negotiations with landlord and possibly preserve rental until locates other housing. Please contact Janice.

Family Law attorneys needed in Manchester area. Pro Bono has quite a few parenting and divorce cases pending in Manchester and surrounding towns. Please contact Carolann if you would consider taking one of these cases:

  • Unfiled divorce with parenting, domestic violence
  • Unfiled divorce with parenting, joint debt, possible DCYF involvement
  • Unfiled divorce with parenting, joint property
  • Filed divorce with parenting, domestic violence
FROM THE COURT

E-Filing Demo/Tip Session – 2/14

Staff from the NH Judicial Branch working on the NH e-Court Project will be at the NH Bar Center to assist attorneys and law office staff in using the court’s electronic filing system.

The next sessions are scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 14, and Tuesday, March 21. These sessions are held on the third floor at the Bar Center. Please RSVP for the sessions to Kim Brackett.

Fed Court Clerk Relocation – 1/30

Please be advised that the Clerk's Office at the US District Court for the District of New Hampshire will be relocated to the US Probation & Pretrial Services reception area on the second floor of the Concord federal courthouse from Jan. 30 to Feb. 24, 2017, during construction on the first floor. No Bar Cards will be issued during this time. There will be signs in the courthouse directing visitors to the US Probation & Pretrial Services area.

OTHER NEWS & EVENTS

Free ABA Retirement Webinar – 2/1

The ABA Retirement Funds Program is hosting a free webinar on the challenges of retirement security and managing retirement savings through life’s transitions. This informative webinar will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. You will learn about:

  • Guiding principles for saving for retirement
  • Retirement planning tips and solutions for all of life’s stages
  • The importance of starting to save early
  • Retirement planning options through transition

Register now. The ABA Retirement Funds Program has been providing retirement plans to the legal community for over 50 years. It is organized as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation by the American Bar Association and currently services more than 3,800 law firm retirement plans and has over $5 billion in assets. The NH Bar Association endorses the ABA retirement program for its members.

Suggested Reading

How Much Cash Do American Bail Systems Waste?
The Pretrial Justice Institute recently published two studies that shed light on the ineffectiveness and collateral impacts of cash bail. Read more. Learn about perspectives on bail in New Hampshire in this month’s Bar News.

What Fare Is Fair?
The ABA’s Law Practice Magazine offers tips and traps in pricing and bidding on legal work. 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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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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