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Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Court Adopts Rules of Criminal Procedure – 3/1

The NH Supreme Court on Jan. 20 issued an order adopting a full reorganization of the NH Rules of Criminal Procedure, which will take effect March 1 in all counties except Cheshire and Strafford. The Strafford and Cheshire County Rules of Criminal Procedure took effect Jan. 1, with the implementation of the Felonies First legislation, which will eventually roll out statewide. During the rollout, counties will transition over to the “Strafford and Cheshire” rules, which will at some point be renamed.

Generally, the new rules are meant to reflect current practice, but prosecutors and defense counsel should note changes in Rules 5, 20, 22 and 31.

The Supreme Court rules committee also is considering and soliciting comment on a proposal to modify the rules so that self-represented defendants in criminal cases would receive automatic discovery.

Criminal Law Brown Bag in Haverhill – 2/2

Criminal law practitioners are invited to a brown bag discussion at Haverhill Circuit Court with Judge Rappa from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Tuesday
Feb. 2
Noon - 1 p.m.

NHBA Midyear Meeting Early-Bird Deadline – 2/3

Pay just $100 to get a full day of CLE credits and attend the Honors and Awards Luncheon (or $50 for new lawyers) for the Friday, March 4 Midyear Meeting. These prices available if you register by next Wednesday, Feb. 3. Register online.

These seminars on the future of the legal profession are not to be missed and will feature national speakers and NH judges discussing new approaches to serving clients. Space is limited, so register today.

Start Midyear Meeting at Gender Equality Breakfast

Tickets are going fast to the Gender Equality Breakfast preceding the Midyear Meeting on Friday, March 4. Sherry Young will be presented with the 2016 Philip Hollman Gender Equality award and former NH House Speaker Terie Norelli is the guest speaker for the event.

Tickets are only $15 (Register for separate ticket order.) Low ticket prices are subsidized by contributions from Dane Brady Haydon LLP, McLane Middleton Professional Association, Rath, Young and Pignatelli PC and Upton and Hatfield LLP.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Help for Nashua tenant. Client needs review of lease documents and advice on his options. He has entered into a payment agreement that he feels was signed under duress. Hearing was in Manchester District Court. Contact Carolann.

Cheshire County threat of eviction. Family in Keene was served an eviction notice in December. They do not want to stay through the term of the lease and would like help negotiating their exit. Contact Carolann.

It’s Tax Season

This Friday, Jan. 29, is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. Last year in New Hampshire, more than $151 million in EITC funds went to more than 77,000 workers.

The Low-Income Taxpayer Project of the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program is encouraging Bar members to spread the word about this critical tool for the working poor. It’s estimated that only four out of every five eligible taxpayers claim the credit they’re entitled to receive. Please help close the gap; talk it up and encourage people to find out if they can receive this assistance.

Help determining eligibility is available. For free tax prep sites, call 211 or visit www.nhtaxhelp.org.

Still Time to Donate

There is still time to donate to the NH Bar Foundation’s Annual Appeal. Tax-deductible contributions can be made online or by check. In addition to administering IOLTA – the largest private source of funding for civil legal aid in New Hampshire – the foundation conducts outreach to Bar members and financial institutions to maximize IOLTA revenue and supports civic education efforts.

By early January, Bar News reports, the Foundation appeal had brought in more than $31,000. By the end of the last fiscal year (May 31, 2015), the appeal raised slightly more than $43,000. Donate now online. Want to know more about the NH Bar Foundation?

Women’s Bar Hosts Boutique at UNH Law – 1/28

Gently used professional clothing will be on sale at deep discounts from 4:30-7 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 28, at UNH Law, 2 White St., Concord. Several vendors will also be on site, including Scarves by Sandra, 31 Gifts, Mary Kay, Salon K, Pampered Chef and Northeast Photo Booth.

The NH Women’s Bar Association is partnering with the national nonprofit Dress for Success for the event. Items will be sold for just $5 each, and all proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. Questions? Please contact our Public Service Chair, Lindsey Gray.

UNH Law
Concord
Thursday
Jan. 28
4:30 - 7 p.m.

Mentors Needed – NOW

Attorney mentors are needed in Grafton, Sullivan, Hillsborough and Rockingham counties.

Do you remember what your first few years of law practice were like? If you have been practicing law for five years or more and have no disciplinary actions against you, please consider mentoring a newer bar member.

The NH Bar Association New Lawyers’ Committee seeks attorney mentors in general practice, family law, criminal law and civil trial practice. Please contact the committee via NHBA staff liaison Rosemarie Atwood if you are willing to help a new lawyer get started.

Poll of the Week

Do you think the merger of Franklin Pierce Law Center with the University of New Hampshire was a good thing?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Yes - 71.3%             No - 28.7%            

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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 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 ay 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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