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Jack Sanders Named Honorary Foundation Fellow

Longtime NH Bar Foundation supporter Wilfred “Jack” Sanders has been selected as the foundation’s 2017 Honorary Fellow. Sanders, who is of counsel at Pierce Atwood and chair of the Campaign for Legal Services Leadership Council, will be recognized at the Bar Foundation’s Fellows & Donors Reception immediately following the NHBA Midyear Meeting on Friday, March 10, at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH in Manchester.

All Bar members are invited to attend. In addition to the recognition of Sanders, the event will feature remarks by Dan Barrick, news director at NH Public Radio, which recently received a Bar Foundation grant to support its criminal justice reporting.

Midyear Meeting – Science & the Law

Science and technology are ever-changing and their impact on how we administer justice – and the results of that administration – can often depend on fundamental scientific precepts. Now, more than ever, it is critical that we keep up with these changes.

This year’s NHBA Midyear Meeting on March 10 in Manchester features a full day of compelling CLE presentations by nationally recognized scientists who will introduce you to scientific discoveries that will change how you handle client matters and how the judicial system decides the matters that come before it. Join your colleagues in professional growth and networking.

Come early for the Gender Equality Breakfast (separate ticket required) and stay after the meeting for the NH Bar Foundation reception (cash bar). REGISTER by Feb. 17 to get the early bird pricing.

Board of Governors Election Notice

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Electronic voting for the NHBA Board Election will start at midnight, EST, on April 1. All Active members are eligible to vote. To ensure you receive your ballot information electronically, please be sure the email address we have on file for you is accurate. If you need to update your email address, please contact Susan Lakeway by Friday, March 17.

Members who are eligible to vote in the Board election who do not have an email address on file with the Association will receive a letter containing instructions on how to vote electronically, or if preferred, how to receive a paper ballot.

Help Pro Bono Clients Start Fresh in 2017

Pro Bono has bankruptcy clients in Rockingham, Hillsborough South, and Merrimack counties waiting for legal assistance. Please consider helping a low-income client with filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. For more information, please contact Carolann.

Urgent Eviction Assistance Needed. Manchester client in need of eviction defense. Hearing is next week in Merrimack District Court. Please contact Carolann for details.

Workplace Violence CLE Cancelled – 2/9

Due to the impending winter storm, the CLE on Workplace Violence scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. has been postponed. An announcement of the rescheduled date of this program will be made as soon as possible.


Reappointment of Federal Public Defender – 3/3

The current term of office of Miriam Conrad, Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, is due to expire Oct. 30, 2017. The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is considering the reappointment of Conrad to a new four-year term of office, subject to public notice and opportunity for public comment. 

Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals regarding the reappointment of Conrad to a new term of office.

Comments will be kept confidential and should be received by March 3 by Susan J. Goldberg, Circuit Executive, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Office of the Circuit Executive, John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 3700, Boston, MA 02210.

Marital Brown Bag Cancelled – 2/10

A brown bag lunch discussion on marital cases at the 10th Circuit Court in Portsmouth on Friday, Feb. 10, at noon has been cancelled and will be rescheduled. The brown bag for juvenile law matters in Portsmouth will take place on Friday, Feb. 10 from 1-2 p.m. Judge Pendleton and Clerk Diane Caron will be attending.

Nashua Superior Court Civil Brown Bag – 2/15

There will be a brown bag lunch discussion at Hillsborough County Superior Court – South in Nashua from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, for civil court practitioners. Judges Jacqueline Colburn, Amy Ignatius, and Charles Temple, and Clerk Marshall Buttrick, will discuss a number of topics related to civil matters before the court.

Feb. 15
Noon - 1 p.m.

Save the Date for Centennial Event – 6/1

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first woman admitted to the New Hampshire Bar, plan to attend a special dinner event on Thursday, June 1, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

The NH Bar Foundation is coordinating this event in collaboration with the NH Women's Bar Association, the NH Bar Association and its Gender Equality Committee, the Daniel Webster-Batchelder American Inn of Court, the NH Association for Justice, and the NH Supreme Court Society.

Details about tickets will be forthcoming. 

Felonies First Report Online

NH Senate Bill 124 (Session Year 2015) tasked the NH Judicial Council with submitting regular reports on the implementation of Felonies First, a new law that moves the first filing of felony charges in New Hampshire from the Circuit Court to the Superior Court.

The first report is now available on the Judicial Council website, at the bottom of this page, under the “Publications” heading.

Suggested Reading

Law firms and corporations increasingly turning to alternative legal service providers
A new study found that a majority of law firms and corporations are already using entities that provide legal services outside of the typical law firm model. Read more at ABA Journal.

Blockchain 101 for Lawyers
Law Technology Today provides a primer on Blockchain, the vast, globally-distributed ledger running on millions of devices, likely to be used in many legal transactions in the future. Read more.

Supreme Court Nominee Takes Legal Writing to Next Level
The Wall Street Journal reports that Judge Neil Gorsuch writes reader-grabbing opinions with fact summaries that are 'a form of wry nonfiction.’ 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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