NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Chapman to be Honored at Foundation Event – 3/4

William Chapman
William Chapman

Bar members and donors to the Bar Foundation are invited to a reception honoring 2016 NH Bar Foundation Fellow William Chapman following the Midyear Meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4 at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. The event, with cash bar and appetizers, will be in the Frost/Hawthorne room (Mezzanine level).

The brief program also will feature the presentation of the 2016 Justice Grants. Details on the 10 grants will be announced soon.

Members attending the Midyear Meeting are encouraged to visit the Bar Foundation exhibit table. Attendees can find out how to maximize the revenue earned by their IOLTA deposits by doing business with financial institutions that offer higher interest rates on lawyers trust accounts. IOLTA last year granted $800,000 to legal aid organizations.

Find out more about the Bar Foundation.

Special NHBA Membership Meeting – 3/11

Bar Center
March 11
3 p.m.

The NH Bar Association will hold a special business meeting at 3 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2016, at the NH Bar Center, 2 Pillsbury St., Concord, NH.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and vote on proposed changes to the NH Bar Association Constitution and Bylaws. The proposed changes will affect the following sections of the association constitution and bylaws.

Bylaws of the New Hampshire Bar Association

ARTICLE II – Membership Dues (Sections 6 and 8)
ARTICLE VI – Nomination and Election of Governors and Officers (Sections 1-6)
ARTICLE VII – Receipt and Disbursement of Funds
ARTICLE X – Sections

Constitution of the New Hampshire Bar Association

ARTICLE II – Membership (Sections 3, 6, 7 and 8)
ARTICLE III – Meetings of the Association

Full text of the amendments.

Section Nominations and Elections

The NH Bar Association’s substantive law sections hold officer elections at meetings held between March and May. Are you a current section member who is volunteer-minded and looking for a way to get more involved? Use your skills, share your knowledge, and help shape the future of a section. Look for information in an upcoming meeting notice or contact Sections Coordinator Patty Frechette for more info.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Judge Garfunkel

Hillsborough North. Unfiled parenting matter with recent domestic violence. There are two minor children. Client is open to shared parenting time; case will be heard in Goffstown Family Division. Contact Carolann.

Hillsborough North. Unfiled divorce; two minor children; parenting rights and responsibilities may be contested. Contact Carolann.

NHBA Board Election – 4/1

Electronic voting for the NHBA Board Election will take place starting at midnight, EST, on April 1, 2016. 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, please contact Susan Lakeway by March 18.

Members eligible to vote in the Board election, without 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.

Bar News Seeks Real Property Law Articles

The May issue of Bar News will feature a special section on real property law. Please submit article proposals to Editor Kristen Senz by April 11. Articles are due April 25.

Coming up: Special sections on Municipal and Government Law and Intellectual Property Law in the June issue.

For more information and to view the Bar News editorial calendar, please refer to Bar News Editorial Submission Guidelines or contact the editor.

Legislation Affecting Practice Areas?

Curious about whether the legislature is considering bills affecting your practice area?

Use the NHBA Legislation Watch website in For Members area to look at bills grouped by practice or interest area that have been introduced in the legislature. The Bar Association’s Board of Governors takes positions on only a small number of bills, but tracks many more.

Read about the Bar’s advocacy and its limitations in Bar News. For questions about Legislation Watch, please contact Debbie Hawkins.

Question of the Week

Do you think lawyers will be the only sources of professional legal advice 10 years from now?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

New Hampshire is one of 21 states offering the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). The ABA House of Delegates recently voted to support UBE expansion nationwide. Do you favor the nationalization of bar admissions?

Suggested Reading

Double-Edged Words
This column in The Economist explores the secret meaning of “feisty.” Read more.

A Looming Crisis for China’s Legal System
Foreign Policy reports that talented judges and lawyers are leaving the profession, as ideology continues to trump the rule of law. 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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