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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.

Many web mail services and email applications filter bulk email messages in an attempt to limit the number of unwanted email messages delivered to inboxes. 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 add  to your “safe senders” list; view instructions.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Landlord/tenant cases awaiting placement:

  • Disabled Haverhill woman facing eviction from mobile home. The eviction notice is still pending.
  • Manchester family received an eviction notice, expiration date is Wednesday, March 15.
Please contact Barbara.

IRS Tax Controversy.
The Low-Income Tax Project has a client in the Concord area seeking innocent spouse relief from joint federal income tax liability with soon-to-be ex-wife. His status is currently uncollectible due to financial hardship.

Please contact Barbara.

Annual Meeting Award Nominations Sought – 4/7

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 submit nominations for the following awards, with narrative background, 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.

  • 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.

Register for the Race for Justice 5K – 6/24

The first annual Race for Justice 5K will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, at White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield, NH as part of the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Register to join in some fun and a little friendly competition as we raise awareness and funds for the DOVE Project, which is celebrating 25 years of providing victims of domestic violence with emergency legal help.

NH Sentencing Options CLE – 3/31

This program will explore all of the options available when determining criminal sentences. The topics include alternatives to incarceration like the specialty courts (Mental Health, Veteran’s, Drug), along with diversion, New Hope and specialized counseling/evaluations such as LADC, sexual offender and mental health, and more.

Available for in-person attendance or via live webcast.

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
March 31
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
NHMCLE General Minutes

Stepping Up: Bar Foundation Fellows

The NH Bar Foundation seeks nominations for the Fellows Program, a society of charitable giving and volunteerism. The foundation’s projects this year include a legal information program for teenagers transitioning out of the state’s foster care system and an effort to improve civics instruction in New Hampshire schools.

The key to success for any organization is the infusion of new blood, talent and energy. Nominations are due by Friday, March 31.

Individuals eligible to join the Fellows are outstanding attorneys, judges and teachers of law who are current NH Bar members and have been in practice for at least 10 years, have made outstanding contributions to the legal profession, and show strong commitment to the mission of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation – to honor the law and advance equal access to justice.

Current Fellows list and nomination form. New Fellows will be inducted May 10 at the Fellows Justice Reception at the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.

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.

Last Chance for Gender Equality Submissions – 3/17

Bar News is working on an article for April that will highlight the progress and struggles toward gender equality in the New Hampshire legal community.

We are looking for personal anecdotes and reflections, about 250 words each, to be incorporated into the article. Some contributors have requested anonymity and those requests are being considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information or to contribute, please email Editor Kristen Senz by Friday, March 17.


NH Supreme Court Vacancy – 4/5

The NH Judicial Selection Commission has announced a vacancy at the NH Supreme Court to replace Justice Carol Ann Conboy, who will retire in June. Applications and associated documents are due by Wednesday, April 5. Details and application materials are available on the NH Bar Association website Judicial Selection 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 here.


The First 100 Years – Women Lawyers

The NH Bar Foundation is now selling individual and reserved table tickets to the June 1 dinner celebration of the first 100 years of women in law practice in New Hampshire. Visit the foundation website for more information and to buy tickets.

Suggested Reading

Law Firms Across the US Need to Know New York's Cyber Regulation
LegalTech News reports that despite the New York-centric language, the first-in-nation cybersecurity regulation, impacts regulated and nonregulated entities both in and outside of New York. Read more.

Justice Sotomayor laments perception of judges as political
The Los Angeles Times reports that US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that she was saddened to see many people have lost confidence in judges and believe they are political. 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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