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Vote in NHBA Election

NHBA members eligible to vote in the 2017 NHBA Board of Governors election, who have not yet voted, will receive reminder emails this week. Voting ends Saturday, April 15. Complete candidate profiles and statements are posted with the ballots.

The NHBA Board of Governors ballot is sent as a bulk email message from ElectionsOnline. If you have not received the ballot, please check your “junk” or “spam” folder.

Questions about the election process? Please contact Debbie Hawkins.

Race for Justice 5K – 6/24

Mark your calendars for the first annual Race for Justice 5K, which will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield, NH. The race is being organized in connection with the NH Bar Association Annual Meeting, scheduled for June 23-24 at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield.

Help raise awareness and funds for the DOVE Project, which is celebrating 25 years of providing victims of domestic violence with emergency legal help.

Learn more or download a printable flyer.

Bar News Seeks Municipal/Gov & IP Articles

The June issue of New Hampshire Bar News will feature two special practice area sections – one on Municipal and Government Law, and one on Intellectual Property.

If you have an idea for an article of 800-1,000 words related to new developments in these areas that would appeal to Bar News readers, please review the editorial submission guidelines and contact Kristen Senz now. Drafts due May 22.

LAST CALL Annual Meeting Award Nominations – 4/7

Awards presented at the NHBA Annual Meeting 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.

  • 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.

Stepping Up: Bar Foundation Fellows – 4/15

The NH Bar Foundation seeks nominations for the Fellows Program, a society of charitable giving and volunteerism. Fellows are outstanding attorneys, judges and law professors who are NH Bar members, have been in practice for at least 10 years, and show strong commitment to the mission of the NH Bar Foundation – to honor the law and advance equal access to justice.

Nominations are due April 15. 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.

NH Auto & Uninsured Motorist Insurance CLE – 4/13

This program, co-sponsored with the NHBA Insurance Law Section, will review current state law and practice surrounding all aspects of auto and uninsured motorist insurance in New Hampshire. Practitioners of all experience levels who represent both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury auto accident cases should attend this CLE. Available for In-Person Attendance or Via Live Webcast.

Thursday
April 13
9 a.m. -
4 p.m.
330 NHMCLE General  and 30 Ethics/Prof. Minutes

Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament – 8/10

SAVE THE DATE for the 24th annual Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament, the Pro Bono Program’s signature fundraising event, on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Lake Sunapee Country Club, in New London, NH.

Great Golf for a Great Cause! The annual golf tournament provides vital funds for the Pro Bono Referral Program, supporting efforts to connect low-income people with volunteer attorneys. Information, registration, and sponsorships.

For more details, contact Margaret.

FROM THE COURT

E-Filing Coming to Estates – 5/23

New estates must be e-filed starting May 23 in Brentwood, Concord, Dover and Laconia, and starting June 14 in Haverhill, Keene, Lancaster, Nashua, Newport and Ossipee. 

How will this impact your practice? Read what Judge King has to say about the changes in Bar News. Read more about practice changes, or visit the Judicial Branch Electronic Services page.

Find a list of estate/e-filing training opportunities for lawyers, law firms and DHHS filers. Register for the In-Person Attendance or Live Webcast of the NHBA CLE on May 3 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

OTHER NEWS & EVENTS

New Child Support Guidelines – 4/1

The NH Department of Health and Human Services has updated the Child Support Guidelines. The new guidelines took effect Saturday, April 1.

Amounts have been adjusted to accommodate changes to federal poverty guidelines and federal tax standards. Contrary to prior years, recommended amounts are listed prior to their corresponding percentage on the table, and currency and percentage formatting has been added.

UNH Law Event Honoring Justice Conboy – 4/13

Join the UNH School of Law for the UNH Law Alumni and Friends Dinner on Thursday, April 13, 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., Concord. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. Cost is $65 per person; corporate tables available at $650. RSVP.

Treat Lecture in Manchester – 4/21

Constitutionally Speaking and the NH Institute for Civics Education are bringing renowned author Eric Liu to New Hampshire to explore the topic of "Citizen Power" at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester at 6 p.m., Friday, April 21.

Liu, founder and CEO of the Seattle-based Citizen University, will deliver the William W. Treat Lecture at this event, which is free and open to all. Space is limited and tickets are required. Register online.

Following his remarks, Liu will sign copies of his book, You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen, due out in late March. Learn more about Constitutionally Speaking.

Campaign for Legal Services Kick-Off Breakfast – 5/9

The NH Campaign for Legal Services annual Campaign Kick-off Breakfast is scheduled for May 9. The breakfast is the only state-wide fundraising event for the Campaign, which supports the civil legal aid work of New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice & Referral Center. Keynote speaker Jim Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation, will speak about “An American Paradox: How the Legal System Really Functions Today in a Nation That Espouses ‘Justice for All.’”

The Campaign is grateful to its Kick-off Breakfast sponsors. Register online at www.nh-cls.org or by emailing Sarah Palermo.

Suggested Reading

Struggling to hold opioid manufacturers accountable
The Washington Post reports on how the DEA’s case against one Big Pharma company faltered. Read more.

Planning Your Exit Strategy
What options are available to solos and retiring partners seeking to sell their ownership interest in a law firm? 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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