February 11, 2015

In this Issue

Judge McCafferty
Judge McCafferty
Presentation at Honorary Fellows & Donors Reception Feb. 27.

US District Court Judge Landya B. McCafferty has been selected as the 2015 Honorary Fellow of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation and will be honored at the Fellows & Donors Reception at 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 at the Radisson Center of New Hampshire, following the NH Bar's Midyear Meeting.

Midyear Meeting is the single largest gathering of the Bar Association each year.

Attend 2 CLEs (4 NHMCLE hours), plus Honors & Awards Luncheon for $200 (or $149 for new lawyers) at the Feb. 27 Midyear Meeting in Manchester. Register online.

Lunch only or Gender Equality Breakfast tickets also available using this printable registration form.

Co-Sponsored by the NH Bar Association's Mental and Physical Disabilities Law Section, a special one-hour CLE webcast on the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act of 2014 will be available to NH Bar members.

If you are:
  • An estate planner
  • A tax attorney
  • Or you represent disabled individuals
You won't want to miss this!

WHAT: The federal ABLE Act provides a new opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities to have tax-free savings accounts that will support their health and independence while preserving means-tested government benefits.

WHEN: 9 -10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18

WHO: New Hampshire attorney John Kitchen participated in the drafting of the ABLE Act. Recognized as an expert in New Hampshire and nationally on disabilities law, Kitchen will speak about the law and its implications for individuals with disabilities.

Sign up now to learn how this new law may impact your clients here in New Hampshire.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Can you help:
  • A veteran in Derry with a child support matter?
  • A client served with divorce papers - no children/no property, in Rochester Family Division?
  • A client needing help with an ongoing parenting/visitation case in Cheshire County?
  • A domestic violence victim with a parenting matter (Derry Family Court)?
  • A senior citizen in Derry needing help with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing?
Please call Margaret at Pro Bono at 603 725-3203 or email mgilsenberg@nhbar.org.

Thanks for having a heart!

A free symposium at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at St. Anselm College will address federal campaign finance reform and some of the implications for the political system and health of our democracy.

Money, Democracy, and the Constitution II: Campaign Finance and Election Law is sponsored by Constitutionally Speaking, a collaboration of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at UNH Law School, the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Social Sciences at Dartmouth, and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

This event is free but registration is required. Please register online. (This is a public education event, not sponsored by the NHBA and not offered for the purpose of granting NHMCLE credit.)

At least five NH law firms have contacted a Dover-based company that is purportedly being purchased by a business in Italy. Firms reported that they received in the mail a large cashier's check for an initial payment, drawn on a Canadian bank, to be deposited in the firms' trust account as escrow for the transaction. One attorney exchanged email correspondence with the scammer and then took the check to a bank, which said it was bogus.

Scams targeting lawyers can take many forms, but common advice on avoiding these bad-check schemes includes these warning signs:
  • The requested representation may involve the collection of a debt or other obligation;
  • One of the parties is out of the country;
  • The debt or other obligation resolves itself quickly and easily without much effort by the lawyer;
  • A cashier's check is sent to the law firm;
  • "Client" wants the funds, minus the lawyer's fee, immediately wire transferred to an out-of-the-country account.
The main precaution is to wait for a check, even a cashier's or certified check, to clear before using the money; provisional credit by your bank is not sufficient.

The Fraud Fact Sheet by Canadian insurer LawPro has good advice to share with everyone in your office.

The NH Bar Association is seeking nominations for positions on the NHBA Board of Governors for the membership year starting in June 2015. The petition is available on the Bar's website.

The membership will elect four at-large governors, including one from the public/public interest sector, and one representing out-of-state members. These board seats carry three-year terms.

Nominations for Vice President (one-year term), Secretary, and Treasurer (three-year terms) 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. 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, 2015; 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.

null The federal court has been upgrading its courtroom technology and will be hosting brown bag lunches in late February and early March where court personnel will demo the new technology, outline best practices for using it, and allow attendees to test the new system using their own laptops/tablets.

The sessions will be held at noon on Wednesdays, Feb. 25, March 4, and March 11, at the federal courthouse.

Preregistration is not required. Learn more.

Company offers 3D printing for demonstrative evidence
A man working at a printing studio realized that there was untapped potential for 3D printing in litigation. Read more.

The Shame of America's Family Detention Camps
The New York Times reports that, as the US speeds the path to deportation, distress fills new family detention centers. 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.

Appellate Litigation
Legal Briefs, Oral Argument, Research for Trials and Appeals, contact Joshua Gordon at 603-226-4225 or visit his website.

Berman and Simmons Trial Attorneys
Lawyers throughout Maine and around the country regularly rely on the experience and resources that Berman & Simmons attorneys bring to personal injury cases. If you have clients that might benefit from working with us, please call. Think of us as your office "Down East." 800-244-3576. Learn more.

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.