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Vote in NHBA Election – 4/1 – 4/15

NH Bar Association members who are eligible to vote in the 2017 NHBA Board of Governors election will receive ballots via email on April 1. Complete candidate profiles and statements are online and posted with the ballots.

Important: Ballots are sent as a bulk email message from ElectionsOnline, which should be added to your safe-sender list. If you do not receive your electronic ballot and would like to vote online, please email Debbie Hawkins and she will assist you in receiving a ballot. Paper ballots available on request.

Family Law & Divorce Live Webcast – 4/4

Join attorneys Lina Shayo and Kathrine Lacey online for the next edition of our Learn@Lunch Webcast Series.

They will discuss tips from the family law and divorce chapter of the NHBA New Lawyers Committee’s “Traps for the Unwary” publication. No in-person attendance is available for this program. More information and registration.

Live Webcast
April 4
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
NHMCLE General Minutes

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Consultation & Advice Needed. Unfiled divorce with children to be filed in Nashua Family Division. Long-term marriage with two minor children and real property. There is a final protective order in place that expires in June. Pro Bono would like a family law practitioner to provide advice and options about marital home. Contact Pam.

Record annulment. Client with two Class B misdemeanor charges from 2013 and 2014 in Plymouth District Court appears to have met all conditions of sentencing and to be eligible for annulment. Criminal record, case summaries and driving record are available for review. Pro Bono has a grant from the NH Bar Foundation to pay any un-waived fees for these cases. Please contact Margaret.

Annual Meeting Award Nominations Sought – 4/7

The NH Bar Association 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

Award descriptions and past recipients.


NH Supreme Court Vacancy – 4/5

The NH Judicial Selection Commission has announced that the NH Supreme Court to have to fill the vacancy left by 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.

Class Presentation = Grounds for Continuance – 5/5

The NH Bar Association, through its Law Related Education department, facilitates “A Lawyer and Judge in Every School,” a program that encourages attorneys and judges to talk to students about law and justice, in observance of Law Day.

The NH Supreme Court has issued an order directing that “participation by a lawyer or a judge in the program on Friday, May 5, 2017, ordinarily should serve as sufficient grounds to continue any conflicting hearings scheduled on that date. A judge or master may decide, in his or her discretion, not to continue proceedings in a particular case if the judge or master believes that interests such as the efficient administration of the court or ensuring justice in the case compel that a proceeding remain scheduled for that day.”

To learn more and volunteer, please contact Robin E. Knippers.


New Oral Histories Online

The NH Supreme Court Society has posted new video interviews with US District Court Judge Joseph DiClerico Jr. and attorney Mary Susan Leahy on the society’s website. DiClerico is interviewed by attorney Jack Middleton. Leahy is interviewed by attorney Neil Castaldo.

Leahy’s advice to new lawyers: “The simplest advice that I would give is for people to fit the profession into their lives, rather than their lives into the profession.”

The project archive contains interviews with NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis and former Attorney General Phillip McLaughlin. Each video runs about an hour.

UNH Law Graduation – 5/20

US Sen. Maggie Hassan, a member of the NHBA and a two-term NH governor, will deliver the 2017 commencement address at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, on Saturday, May 20, in Concord. More info.

First 100 Years: Women Lawyers – 6/1

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

Senate Votes to Repeal FCC Internet Privacy Rules
How the Senate's vote to change privacy rules affects consumers. Read more at

Is It Age Discrimination If You Don’t Know You’re Being Discriminated Against?
ProPublica reports that in Villarreal v. R.J. Reynolds, the Supreme Court would have to decide whether the tobacco company was within its rights to summarily reject older job applicants. 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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