NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

License Renewal Workshop – 4/7

This year's attorney license renewal is coming up. Several changes will make the process faster and easier.

Here are some steps to be prepared to take advantage of these improvements:

  • Update member contact information.
  • Complete all steps online, by a single deadline, and use a convenient personalized Member Dashboard on the website to monitor your progress. Details on what's ahead.
  • Come to (and encourage your office administrator or paralegal to attend) a free workshop on this new attorney license renewal process.

NHBA staff will be on hand to walk you through the process and answer all your questions. Register with Cheryl Moore, 603-715-3260, to reserve your seat.

Bar Center
(lower-level seminar room)
April 7
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Borrowing Allowed at NH Law Library

The NH Law Library is now allowing lending for some books in its collection. The NH Supreme Court last month approved the first-ever formal book-borrowing program for the library, housed at the Supreme Court building in Concord.

Attorneys can apply to become borrowers using the application form. Materials may be checked out for 14 business days at a time, with an optional one-time renewal. A maximum of three items may be checked out at any time.

Casemaker Workshop – 4/20

Have questions about Casemaker? Want tips on how to sharpen your searches and find useful information faster?

Come to the New Hampshire Bar Center in Concord from 1-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, for "office hours" with Jim Corbett, Casemaker's director of marketing and a legal research industry veteran with degrees in law and library science. Corbett, who has presented at NHBA•CLEs on Casemaker in the past, will be on hand for small-group discussions and demonstrations.

Casemaker's offerings have been enhanced with citators that show whether case law remains relevant and annotations for statutes. Added are decisions from the NH Human Rights Commission, wage & hour cases from the NH Department of Labor, and from the Public Utilities Commission. Also, Casemaker updates Sessions laws on a continuing basis.

RSVP to Dan Wise if you plan to attend on April 20.

Bar Center
April 20
1 - 4:30 p.m.

Elections Online is a Safe Sender

Online Voting

Many web mail services and email applications filter bulk email messages. Because the NH Bar Association Board of Governors election 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 department (if it’s not you) to add vote@electionsonline.com to your "safe senders" list. Follow these instructions on how to designate email addresses as safe for some common email applications.

If you do not receive your electronic ballot and would like to vote online please send an email to Denice DeStefano and she will assist you in receiving a ballot. Upon request, the Bar will provide a traditional paper ballot.

Online voting will take place April 1-15.

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.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?


Concord estate planning. Senior citizen needs simple estate planning, including a will and advanced directives. Please contact Janice.

Hillsborough North unfiled divorce. Parties are separated with two minor children and currently have a mediated agreement in place for parenting and child support. Please contact Carolann.

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.

Magna Carta Exhibit at UNH Law - 4/11 to 4/22

The UNH School of Law will host the "Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015" from April 11-22, 2016 in the UNH School of Law Library. The exhibit will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for individuals. Groups larger than 10 interested in viewing the exhibit should contact Sue Zago, Law Library Director, for an appointment. There is no charge for admission.

Included in the exhibit are images of objects from the Library of Congress collections, an interpretive video and other artifacts highlighting the impact the Magna Carta had on forming modern democracy. The exhibit is sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Library of Congress, and its law library.

Learn more about Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015 traveling exhibit.

UNH School of Law Library
(second floor)
M - F
April 11 - 22
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

CANCELED NHBA•CLE: Social Security Disability Essentials - 3/18

Due to low enrollment, the NHBA•CLE Video Replay on Social Security Disability Essentials scheduled for Friday, March 18th in Concord has been canceled.

However, this program is still available in other product formats. Learn more online or contact us at (603) 715-3279.

Question of the Week

Which of the following do you engage in the most as a method for managing stress?

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

Do you accept credit card payments from clients?

Suggested Reading

Jury nullification instructions coming to New Hampshire?
Eugene Volokh writes in The Washington Post about about a bill that would require NH courts to instruct jurors about jury nullification. Read more.

Youth Sex Offender Registries
When juveniles are found guilty of sexual misconduct, the sex-offender registry can be a life sentence. Read in The New Yorker.

Recreational Cannabis Bill Moves Forward In VT Senate Committee
The International Business Times reports that Vermont lawmakers have moved forward with a bill that, if passed, would make theirs the first state to approve recreational marijuana use by legislation, not referendum. 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.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

NHBA Insurance Agency
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