NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Midyear Meeting – Limited Seating

Only limited seating is available for the NHBA 2016 Midyear Meeting CLEs or the Honors & Awards luncheon. The early-bird rates are only in effect through today. Find out more about the meeting. Online registration is no longer available, and reservations will only be accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact Cheryl Moore at 715-3260, if you are interested in attending.

A Lawyer & Judge in Every School Day – May 6

Please help bring awareness about the legal profession and our system of justice by signing up for a school visit to give a presentation to K-12 students in observance of Law Day on Friday, May 6.

Visit the Law Day page on the Bar's website for ready-made materials and ideas. Sign up now to be matched with a school in the area where you work or live. For more information about how to get involved, please contact Robin E. Knippers.

Judge Cassavechia Retirement Reception – 2/23

Judge Cassavechia

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.

Feb. 23
3 - 5 p.m.

Wanted: Volunteer Lawline Hosts – 7/13

A team of three or more attorneys is needed to take telephone calls to answer legal questions from the public from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Attorneys hosting Lawline can take calls from a central office, from the NH Bar Center, or from remote locations. For more information or to sign up, please contact Jacqueline Geddes at (603) 715-3236.

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.

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.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Landlord/tenant action in Derry District Court. Disabled parent received an eviction notice which expired January 12th. No Landlord/Tenant writ has yet been served. Client was able to correct the arrears by paying the landlord what was owed. Contact Janice for more details.

Senior citizen needs help with deed and mortgage. Elderly client needs an estate-planning/elder affairs attorney to prepare a quitclaim deed for her mortgaged Manchester property so that she can qualify for property tax relief. Contact Carolann for more information.

Question of the Week

If you had to do it all over, would you go to law school?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.

Last week’s question: A majority of those responding — 56.7% — responded that they thought the merger of Franklin Pierce Law Center with the University of New Hampshire was good for the law school.

NHDRA One-Time Tax Amnesty Program – 2/15

Attorneys should be aware of this special opportunity for clients and other New Hampshire taxpayers to pay outstanding taxes without penalties and with half the accrued interest.

An initiative launched in December to raise millions of dollars in critical revenue for the New Hampshire General Fund, the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) Tax Amnesty Program is open to any individual or business, but only two weeks remain to participate, as the deadline is Feb. 15.

To take advantage of the DRA Tax Amnesty Program, taxpayers must file any required outstanding tax returns and pay all unpaid taxes and 50% of applicable interest by February 15, 2016. An online interest calculator is available on the DRA website.

Suggested Reading

When the government steps in to separate parents from children – permanently
Michigan NPR did a very thoughtful piece on terminating parental rights. Here's a link to the story, which includes the audio. It runs about 50 minutes long. Listen.

Future of Oyez Supreme Court Archive Hangs in the Balance
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports that a retiring professor is seeking a buyer for an extensive archive of US Supreme Court oral arguments. 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 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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