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All Court Hearings Cancelled – 3/10

The NH Supreme Court has issued an order suspending state court proceedings on March 10, the date of the NH Bar Association Midyear Meeting, to facilitate continued judicial and legal education in New Hampshire.

This year’s meeting will focus on the intersections of science and the law and will feature presentations by scientists and researchers whose groundbreaking work in forensic technology, implicit bias and the connections between trauma and genetics have direct implications for law practice. Don’t miss two thought-provoking CLE programs and the chance to reconnect with colleagues from across the state.

REGISTER NOW. Early bird pricing of just $125 for the full day, including the Honors and Awards Luncheon, ends Friday, Feb. 17.

Litigation Guidelines Booklets Available - NOW

The NH Bar Association’s Committee on Cooperation with the Courts worked on updates to the NH Litigation Guidelines and Professionalism Creed, which have been approved by the NHBA Board of Governors. A Justice Grant from the NH Bar Foundation has made these documents available as a small booklet.

A large number of these booklets were delivered to the trial court for distribution around the state. A limited number of booklets are available through the Bar Center. If interested in receiving a copy, please email Denice DeStefano.

The NH Bar Association works to improve the administration of justice and to foster and maintain high standards of conduct, integrity, competence, and public service on the part of those engaged in the practice of law. As the number of practicing lawyers in New Hampshire increases, it is important that the profession maintain the historic culture of civility and professionalism experienced within our Bar.

Pro Bono Record Annulment Project Continues

Thanks to a grant from the NH Bar Foundation, the NHBA Pro Bono Program can continue accepting criminal record annulment cases and can pay any un-waived court or agency fees associated with these cases. Please contact Margaret if you can consider helping one of the following clients:

  • Disabled Maine resident cannot obtain public housing because of criminal charges in Carroll County. The client would like to file petitions to annul his record, if possible. If charges cannot be annulled, he will need advice on when and if he can proceed. 
  • Derry resident seeks to annul record. Old charges from 1997 and 2001; recent charges were nolle prosequi. Most recent conviction is from 2012; client appears to meet statutory requirements for annulment.

Bar News Seeks Labor & Employment Law Articles

The March issue of Bar News will feature a special section on Labor and Employment 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, March 27.

Review Bar News submission guidelines.


Portsmouth Family Division Brown Bag – 2/10

There will be a “brown bag” luncheon on Friday, Feb. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. for all practitioners interested in juvenile and marital matters, at the Portsmouth Family Division court of the 10th Circuit, 111 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth. Judge John Pendleton and Clerk Diane Caron will discuss a number of topics related to juvenile and marital cases. Deputy Clerk Marcia Chin, and case manager Liz Keelty will also be in attendance.

RSVP to Caron or Chin by Feb. 8. Contact them ahead of time with any specific topics you would like to raise or have addressed, and remember to bring your lunch.

Fed Court Call Scam

The US District Court for the District of NH alerted the NH Bar Association to a scam in which people around the country are receiving telephone calls that appear to be from the federal courthouse in Concord. The court's main phone number, (603) 225-1423, appears as the caller ID.

The calls seem aimed at obtaining personal and financial information. Some messages left by these calls include the threat of a lawsuit. These calls are not coming from the federal court.

Anyone who receives one of these calls should report it to the US Marshal's Office for the District of New Hampshire by calling (603) 225-1632. Questions about pending actions may be directed to the court.

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.


40 Under 40

Several New Hampshire attorneys are among the 2017 class of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s “40 Under 40,” which was announced this week. They include Rebecca Perkins, Lyndsee Paskalis, Kathleen Davidson, Paul Bauer and Ned Sackman.

Suggested Reading

PACER Class Action
Judge certified class in lawsuit challenging PACER fees.  Read more.

US Supreme Court byt he Numbers
Consulting firm Oliver Wyman analyzed the impact of longevity on the US Supreme Court and produced this infographic. 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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