March 4, 2015

In this Issue

Economics of Law How does your salary compare with other NH Lawyers? How do you know if your billing rates are in line with your competitors? What should you pay your paralegal? What technology and marketing channels are most popular among New Hampshire attorneys?

The results of the NH Bar Association's Economics of Law Practice Survey will be featured in an 8-page pull-out section of the March issue of Bar News and will be the topic of a special FREE breakfast event at the Bar Center from 8-10 a.m. Friday, April 3.

Space is limited. To register for this event, please contact Cheryl Moore. For information becoming a sponsor, please contact Donna Parker.

null All criminal law attorneys who regularly practice in Rockingham County Superior Court are invited to a brown bag lunch and discussion at noon on Tuesday, March 10, in the jury assembly room at the Rockingham County courthouse.

In addition to a talk by Judge David LeFrancois about the Brentwood Mental Health Court and a discussion about when and how felony cases might be resolved in the Mental Health Court, there will also be a discussion of the morning list, with a request for ideas and suggestions on how to improve the efficiency of the list.

The NHBA Solo/Small Firm Discussion Group will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the NH Bar Center in Concord. Sue Morand of NHBA Insurance Agency will speak on the importance of client communication, including the various types of client agreements, to help prevent legal malpractice claims. The primary focus will be on risk management prevention for solos and small firms.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Rosemarie Atwood.

Enter Your Course into ART
  1. Watch the three-minute video, "ART-New Entry," at
  2. Login to your ART account at and visit the "New Entry" page.
  3. With your non-NH Bar CLE attendance certificate by your side, enter a non-NH Bar course in the "New Entry" fields.
    • Enter only minutes (30 minute minimum), not hours.
    • Enter only courses that are less than three years old.
    • Enter only courses that meet Rule 53 requirements.
  4. Do not enter NHBA·CLE courses. The NHBA·CLE Department will enter course data within 30 days or less of the course date into your ART Account

The NHBA Board election takes place via online ballots to be sent out April 1 (for a two-week voting period.) The March issue of NH Bar News lists the full slate of candidates. Complete profiles and statements will be posted with the ballots.

Because the NHBA Board of Governors ballot is sent as a bulk email message from ElectionsOnline, it may end up in your email application's spam filter. To ensure that you receive your ballot, please ask your IT personnel to whitelist If you are your own IT department, please consult these whitelisting instructions (certify senders' addresses as valid) for various email applications such as Comcast, Yahoo and Apple.

There's a new look and feel to the members-only NH Bar Association Member Directory at It is now searchable by some new fields, includes information on committees and sections, provides information on inactive members and allows users to download vCards. Please tell us what you think.

Membership Directory

The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities has moved. The council's new address is 2½ Beacon St., Suite 10, Concord, NH 03301-4447. The council is hosting an open house from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, April 9.

John Safford
A reception honoring retiring Hillsborough County North Superior Court Clerk John Safford has been scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the Puritan Backrom in Manchester. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by sending name and email address along with a check made payable to Manchester Bar Association to: Jonathan M. Eck, Devine, Millimet & Branch, 111 Amherst St., Manchester, NH 03101

The Demolition of Workers' Comp
After a comprehensive investigation, ProPublica reports on the disturbing trend that has states slashing workers' compensation benefits, denying injured workers help and shifting costs to taxpayers. Read more. Explore workers' comp reforms by state.

Better Times for Law Firms, With More on the Horizon, Says Report
The WSJ Law Blog reports on a new report from Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group. Read more.

Dark Leviathan
An essay on the hidden internet from Aeon Magazine. Read more.

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In the event of inclement weather, closings or delayed openings at the Bar Center will be communicated via the Bar's website at 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.