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Get Ready for the Board of Governors Election

Online balloting will begin April 1 and conclude April 15. An email containing a link and passcode will be sent from on April 1.

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NHBA Midyear Meeting Next Week – 3/10

There’s still time to register online for the largest annual gathering of NH Bar Association members – the NHBA Midyear Meeting. Join your colleagues for a full day of thought-provoking programs on the intersections of science and the law, with leading scientists and researchers presenting CLE material you won’t find anywhere else.  

Celebrate NHBA award recipients Maureen O’Neil, Judge Joseph Laplante, Robert Varney and David Rothstein, along with a slate of Pro Bono award recipients. Joe Keefe will speak and be recognized at the Gender Equality Breakfast (separate ticket required).


If you attended Northeastern, Suffolk or UNH Law, the Midyear Meeting is also an opportunity to reconnect with law school classmates. Details.

More meeting info.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Unfiled Divorce. Mother of two would like to file for divorce. Parties separated in spring 2016 when spouse relocated out-of-state. Case to be filed in Franklin Family Division. Please contact Janice.

Filed Parenting Case. Single mother needs assistance with filed parenting case in Keene Family Division. There is a restraining order and court-ordered visitation for the child’s father in place. She would like full parenting rights and responsibility, but is willing to try mediation. Please contact Carolann.

Traps for the Unwary: Workers’ Comp Webcast - 3/21

Join Jason Dennis & John Ward for this Learn@Lunch webcast as they discuss Workers' Compensation issues for the unwary. Materials include the chapter of the New Lawyers Committee’s "Traps for the Unwary" publication.

No in-person attendance.

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 21, from noon-1 p.m.

Credits: 60 NHMCLE General Minutes

Learn More or Register

2017 Annual Meeting Award Nominations Sought

The NH Bar Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of members of the legal community and their contributions to the justice system and the Association.

Please note the reasons for your nomination, either with the name of the nominee, or to be submitted soon after you have submitted a nominee's name. Your inspiration for making the nomination - why you think the person is especially deserving of the recognition intended by an award - will be of great importance as the nominees are considered. Often, the thoughtful assessment of a nominee by a nominator becomes the basis for wording used in presentation remarks, if not a presentation piece. Nominations are sought for the following awards:

  • Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism
  • Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award
  • E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism

View award descriptions and past recipients.

Nominations should be submitted by Friday, April 7 to Lisa Boisvert, or by mail to Lisa Boisvert, NHBA Annual Meeting Awards, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301-3502.

Bar News Seeks Real Property Articles

The May issue of Bar News will feature a special section on real property law. Are you interested in writing about new developments or case law in this area, or producing a practical how-to guide? Contact the editor with your ideas.

Practice area articles are generally 800-1,000 words. Proposals are due April 10 and drafts April 24. For more information, take a look at the submission guidelines and the real property law section Bar News published in May 2016.


Multiple NH Judicial Vacancies – Apply Now

The NH Judicial Selection Commission has announced three vacancies in the NH Circuit Court (March 13 application deadline) and one vacancy at the NH Supreme Court (April 5 application deadline), to replace Justice Carol Ann Conboy, who will retire in July. Details and application materials are available on the NH Bar Association website, Judicial Selection Commission page.

Questions should be directed to Judicial Selection Commission Chair Chuck Douglas.

Comments Sought on Fed Court Local Rule 67.2 Amendment

The court has approved amendments to Local Rule 67.2 regarding the deposit of registry funds. The amendments are effective April 1, 2017. The amendments are necessary to comport with certain fee and tax requirements applicable to interpleader funds deposited with the court pursuant to 28 USC Section 1335. All comments related to the amendments may be directed to Chief Deputy Clerk Pamela Phelan on or before March 20, 2017. View the amended rule.

Felonies First Rules Adopted

The Supreme Court issued an order Feb. 15 adopting amendments to court rules related to the rollout of Felonies First on April 1 in Carroll, Coos and Grafton counties. See Felonies First implementation order. It changes the procedure for felony complaints and misdemeanors and violation-level charges directly related to those felonies for offenses alleged to have occurred on or after the effective date in the particular county. View the Feb. 15 order.


MyCase Practice Management Webinar – 3/8

Small firm consultant Jared Correia will present a free MyCase webinar titled "What Can Law Practice Management Software Do for You?" at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 8.

Register online.

Suggested Reading

Judge: Upload to file-sharing site was like leaving legal file on a bench
Bloomberg BNA reports on a ruling that should make lawyers think twice before putting confidential documents in a file-sharing site without password protection. Read more.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout
Politico writer Ben Schreckinger attempts the exercises that keep the two-time cancer survivor fit at 83. 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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