NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

BEWARE: New Computer Viruses

Ransomware attacks, which involve hackers tricking users into allowing malicious code into their computer networks and then demanding payment before unlocking seized data, are on the rise.

The best remedy is prevention. Practice safe computing – and remind your staff:

  • If there is a link in an email from someone you don’t know, don't click on it.
  • If you are not expecting an attachment, do not open it.
  • Send a new email (do not reply or forward the email) to the sender of an attachment asking about the attachment.
  • Never open an attachment that ends in .zip or .exe
  • Do not open FedEx, USPS, or UPS emails unless you specifically recall sending something and giving them your email address when you did it.
  • Don’t save anything you may want to recover on your local desktop computers, and
  • Make sure you are backing up your server regularly.

Derry Family Division Brown Bag – 3/25

The Family Division at the 10th Circuit Court in Derry will host a brown bag lunch discussion for members of the marital bar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 25. Judges Sadler and Leonard will be in attendance. The meeting will take place in Courtroom 2 on the second floor of the courthouse.

The main purpose of the meeting is a "Meet and Greet" as Judge Leonard is new to Derry. RSVP to Clerk Robin Pinelle by March 21 and include suggested topics for further discussion.

March 25
Noon - 1 p.m.

Retirement Event for Judge Albee – 3/9

Hon. Pamela D. Albee is retiring and all Bar members are invited to an open house in her honor from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the 3rd Circuit Court in Ossipee, in the jury assembly room on the second floor. Light refreshments will be served.

March 9
3 - 5 p.m.

Follow Midyear Meeting on Twitter

The sold-out NH Bar Association Midyear Meeting happening this Friday in Manchester is drawing national thought leaders on the future of the legal profession, as well as hundreds of New Hampshire lawyers and many state and federal judges. (PLEASE NOTE: THE NH BAR CENTER WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY.)

Even those who cannot attend the meeting can follow the conversation by following @NHBAR on Twitter and using or searching for the hashtags #NHBar16 and #FutureOfLaw.

Still not sure about Twitter? Check out this handy guide to Twitter language and etiquette.

For live streaming video from the meeting, look for prompts in the Twitter feed and download the Periscope app on your smartphone to watch.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Hillsborough South. Unfiled divorce with two minor children and history of domestic violence. Case to be heard in Nashua Family Division. Client owns a home jointly with another family member and would like to remain in the property. Please contact Janice.

Advice on housing issue in Hillsborough North. Senior lives in a house held in trust and is in need of legal advice on whether the house can be removed from the trust and a reverse mortgage obtained. This case would be referred for advice and counsel only. Please contact Carolann.

If you are attending the Midyear Meeting on Friday, please stop by the NHBA Pro Bono/Legal Services table to say hello.

NH Lawyers Assistance Learning Event – 3/24

"Preserving Professionalism" is a program for all of those interested in learning about the NH Lawyers Assistance Program, and the problems of impairment in the legal profession, and includes a closing demonstration on "mindfulness for lawyers."

The program costs $35 and may qualify for partial NHMCLE credit.

Contact Cecie Hartigan to register. Space is limited.

March 24
2:30 – 7:30 p.m.
(dinner included)

Martin Gross Memorial Service - 3/2 (Today)


A memorial service for attorney and former Concord mayor Martin Gross will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord, NH.

March 2
5 p.m.

A Lawyer & Judge in Every School Day – May 6

Law Day

Raise awareness about the legal profession and our system of justice by connecting with a school and arranging to make a short presentation to students in observance of Law Day on May 6.

Visit the Law Day page on the Bar's website for ready-made materials and ideas. To find out whether a school in your area has already requested a visit, or for more information about how to get involved, please contact Robin E. Knippers.

Question of the Week

Does your paralegal or key staff person get the credit he or she deserves?

Always     Sometimes     Never

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Suggested Reading

ABA Opinion Offers Guidelines for Communicating in Limited Scope Representation
The ABA Journal reports. Read more.

In a series of articles in Harvard Gazette, scholars discuss what they are doing to identify and understand inequality. Read more.

We Are Hopelessly Hooked
Jacob Weisberg explores the latest thinking on our sudden transition to a society of "device people" in The New York Review of Books. 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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