NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

NHBA Membership Bylaws Changes

Judge Cassavechia

Proposed changes to the NHBA Constitution and Bylaws were approved at a special NHBA business meeting March 11. Some of those changes helped pave the way for a new, consolidated attorney license renewal process.

Learn about this faster, easier process by attending a free workshop from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7, at the NH Bar Center in Concord. Office staff who handle administrative tasks are also encouraged to attend.

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.

Law Day 2016 – Miranda: More than Words – 5/6

New! Check out this promotional trailer for a series of educational videos created by the NHBA.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona, and the ABA theme for Law Day 2016, “Miranda: More than Words,” the NH Bar Association has created a series of videos featuring NH State Police prosecutor Jim Shepard and NH Public Defender Sarah Rothman discussing the application of Miranda in the real world.

The NHBA invites lawyers and teachers to participate in A Lawyer and Judge in Every School, a program that brings volunteer lawyers and judges, who will present on this or another topic, into middle- and high-school classrooms across the state, in spring and fall 2016.

For more information, please contact program coordinator Robin E. Knippers.

Upcoming Bar Association Elections – 4/1

Judge Cassavechia

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.

Please email Deborah Hawkins with questions about ballots and voting. Upon request, the Bar will provide a traditional paper ballot. Online voting will take place April 1-15.

Volunteers Needed for Bloomberg Law Trial – 4/4

The New Hampshire Law Library is looking for up to 10 attorneys to volunteer for a free trial of Bloomberg Law. Bloomberg Law includes federal and state opinions, statutes, and regulations, BNA books and treatises, the Bloomberg BNA portfolios and much more.

Volunteers must take an online orientation webinar and agree to complete a survey after the trial to tell us what they think. It's first come, first serve, so volunteer by April 4 by emailing lawlibrary@courts.state.nh.us.

Award Nominations Sought – 4/29

The following awards, to be presented at the NHBA Annual Meeting in Portsmouth on June 17, provide the opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of members of the New Hampshire legal community and their contributions to the justice system and the association.

Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism

Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award

E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism

Please see this page for award descriptions and past winners.

Nominations should include a description of the nominee’s qualifications and be submitted by April 29 to Denice DeStefano, NHBA Annual Meeting Awards, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301-3502.

Health Care Law CLE Update – 4/8

This NHBA•CLE program is for attorneys who advise health care businesses and providers. It will cover several timely issues affecting the industry.

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
April 8
9 a.m. -
1:15 p.m.
240 Live NHMCLE General Minutes

Register for live program in Concord, or via live webcast.

Stay in Touch! Update Your Contact Info

If your firm, home or email address has recently changed, please complete the Address Change Form and submit to Susan Lakeway immediately to update our member records so you will receive important correspondence from your bar association.

NHMCLE Answer: Only Practiced Part of the Year?

Attorneys on active status for nine months or more between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, must comply with NHMCLE Rule 53 requirements.

"Active" statuses include: Active, Pro Bono Active, Military Active, Honorary Active and attorneys admitted to practice between July 1 and Sept. 30 per SC Rule 53.1.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Rockingham County Divorce. Divorce filed in Derry Family Division. Parenting issues worked out through mediation. Remaining issues are alimony and disposition of marital home. Contact Janice.

Strafford County Eviction. Client being evicted for good cause (expiration of lease), has applied for public housing but needs help with eviction defense/negotiating with landlord. Notice expires April 4th. Case will be heard in Dover District Court. Contact Janice.

Bar News Seeks Real Property Law Articles – 4/11

Real estate, municipal, legal aid and other attorneys who deal with real property issues are invited to submit proposals for articles in the May issue of Bar News by April 11. Share your expertise with your colleagues. Contact Editor Kristen Senz for more information. Article drafts due April 25.

Question of the Week

What would you do if you recognized that a colleague was suffering from depression or an alcohol use disorder and might need some help?

Talk to the person about it. Offer to listen if they want to talk.
Ignore it. Adults can handle their own issues.
Tell the person’s boss. Someone in a position of authority should be aware.
Contact the NH Lawyer Assistance Program (877-224-6060) anonymously.
Contact the Attorney Discipline Office. The public needs to be protected.

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

Do you use Twitter?

CORRECTION: Poll results reported last week included an unfortunate spelling error. More than 54 percent of respondents reported using exercise, sports and “meditation,” not medication, to relieve stress.

Suggested Reading

The Unique Disadvantage Older Women Face in the Workforce
Report by PBS News Hour. Read more.

Public Reception of Garland Nomination
Pew Research Center gathers the latest data on the contentious issue of whether President Obama’s nominee should receive a Senate hearing and vote. 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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