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Gender Equality in the NH Legal Community

Bar News is working on an article about gender equality in the New Hampshire legal community and needs your help. Do you have an anecdote to share that illustrates the state of gender equality in the New Hampshire legal community, either at present or in the past? We are looking for stories that demonstrate gender discrimination or struggles for equality, as well as those that point to progress and equal treatment, and we would like contributions from both men and women, across all areas of practice. Please send your stories and thoughts to by Friday, March 17.

If you have questions or would like to speak with the editor directly, please email Kristen Senz or call (603) 715-3234.

2017 Fellows & Donor Reception – 3/10

All are welcome to attend the 2017 NH Bar Foundation Fellows & Donors Reception, immediately following the NH Bar Association Midyear Meeting on Friday, March 10. The reception starts at 5 p.m. at the Radisson/Center of NH in Manchester, NH. Join us as we honor Jack Sanders as the 2017 Honorary NH Bar Foundation Fellow and hear from NHPR News Director Dan Barrick, recipient of a 2016 Justice Grant for criminal justice reporting.

Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. For more information about the NH Bar Foundation, please visit

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Driver’s license at risk for disabled client. Grafton County client has a Department of Safety hearing on March 15 in Concord. Needs assistance in keeping his license so he can get to medical appointments. Please contact Janice.

Cheshire County 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.

Last Chance: Contract Drafting CLE – 3/16 & 17

Next week, national speaker and author Lenne Eidson Espenschied will present three CLE programs at the NH Bar Center:

March 16 – “Who’s Hacking Lawyers and Why?”
Webcast-only presentation from 12-1 p.m., 60 NHMCLE Minutes
Learn More or Register

March 17 – Contracts: “Who’s to Blame? Corporate Stories from the 21st Century Headlines”
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., 180 NHMCLE Minutes
Attend in Person or Via Live Webcast

March 17 – “The Secrets of Bulletproof Contracting – Better Documents, Less Stress, More Satisfied Clients”
1:15 – 4:40 p.m., 180 NHMCLE Minutes
Attend in Person or Via Live Webcast

Real Property Law in Bar News – 4/10

Bar News will feature a special section on real property law in the May issue. Does your practice focus on bricks and mortar, real estate transactions, foreclosures, or land use issues? Please consider contributing an article to your NH Bar Association monthly member publication. Contact the editor by April 10 with your idea for an 800-1,000-word article. Drafts will be due April 24.


Court Suspended for Midyear Meeting – 3/10

To facilitate continuing judicial and legal education in New Hampshire, the NH Supreme Court ordered that non-essential proceedings be suspended Friday for the NH Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Manchester.

NHBA members who cannot attend the meeting can follow along on Twitter by searching #NHBar17.

For those who are attending, please take a few minutes to visit the exhibitor booths to learn about products, services and technology that could enhance your law practice.

Online ticket sales for Midyear Meeting are no longer available, but walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

NH e-Filing Resources

The Electronic Services page of the NH Judicial Branch website provides resources and updates about the NH e-Court Project. Electronic filing of estate cases is scheduled to start in select courts on May 23 (Brentwood, Concord, Dover and Laconia) and in others June 14 (Haverhill, Keene, Lancaster, Nashua, Newport and Ossipee).

A variety of training opportunities are coming up. The NH e-Court Project page on the Judicial Branch website also provides a new project timeline and other resources, including an Activity Report.

Look for regular NH e-Court updates in e-Bulletin and Bar News.

Portsmouth Brown Bag – 3/24

A brown bag lunch discussion for Portsmouth Family Marital practitioners is scheduled for Friday, March 24, noon to 1 p.m. at the Portsmouth courthouse. The following people will attend: Judge John Pendleton, Court Clerk Diane Caron, Deputy Clerk Marcia Chin and case manager Liz Keelty. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Caron or Chin by March 22.


UNH Law Alumni and Friends Celebrate Justice Conboy - 4/13

Join the University of New Hampshire School of Law for the UNH Law Alumni and Friends Dinner on Thursday, April 13, 2017, held this year in celebration of the distinguished career of New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy (’78), who will be retiring in June. The event will be held at the Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave. in Concord. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. Cost is $65 per person; corporate tables available at $650. To RSVP, please visit

100 Years of NH Women Lawyers – 6/1

Mark your calendars for a dinner celebration on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Watch for more details about sponsorship and tickets for this collaborative legal community event.

UNH Law Names New Dean

Dean Megan Carpenter

Megan Carpenter, founder and co-director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law, will take over leadership of the University of New Hampshire School of Law effective July 1, 2017. A nationally known expert in intellectual property with a focus in entrepreneurship and the arts, Carpenter was selected as the next dean after an extensive national search. She will be the first woman to lead the school since its founding in 1973.

Suggested Reading

Rethink What You “Know” About High-Achieving Women
In honor of International Women’s Day, Harvard Business Review re-posted this hard-numbers report about women in the workplace. Some of the findings might surprise you. Read more.

How Gorsuch the Clerk Met Kennedy the Justice: A Tale of Luck
The New York Times relays the story of a serendipitous meeting, and what it might mean for the High Court. 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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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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