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Ethics Opinion on Standby Counsel

The NH Bar Association Ethics Committee has issued a new opinion related to the ethical responsibilities of standby counsel.

New Hampshire lawyers may contact the committee for confidential and informal guidance on their own prospective conduct or to suggest topics for commentary articles in Bar News by emailing Robin E. Knippers.

Vote in NHBA Election

NHBA members eligible to vote for the 2016 NHBA Board of Governors, who have not yet voted, will receive reminder emails this week. Voting ends Friday, April 15.

Complete candidate profiles and statements are posted with the ballots.

Did not receive a ballot? Your emailed ballot may have been mis-identified as spam. The NHBA Board of Governors ballot is sent as a bulk email message from ElectionsOnline. If you have questions about the election process, please contact Debbie Hawkins.

Litigation Guidelines Revised

The NH Litigation Guidelines have been revised and are now more in line with modern practice and technology. The NH Bar Association Committee on Cooperation with the Courts worked on the revisions following the 2015 Bench Bar Conference. The final draft was approved by the NHBA Board of Governors last month.

There also was a minor revision to the Professionalism Creed.

NH Circuit Court Judicial Evaluations – 5/4

In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 56 and RSA 490:32, the NH Circuit Court administrative judge routinely conducts judicial evaluations and invites you to participate in this process. The following judges/masters are presently being evaluated. Click the name to complete the survey:

Bruce Cardello 5th Circuit Courts
Paul Desjardins 1st and 2nd Circuit Courts
Edward Tenney 2nd and 6th Circuit Courts

Responses will be shared with the judges/marital masters being evaluated, but respondents remain anonymous. To receive a hard copy of an evaluation form, email the Circuit Court Administrative Office or call 271-6418. Include the name(s) of the judge/master you would like to evaluate as well as your name and address. All evaluations must be completed online or be returned by May 4.

Magna Carta Exhibit Event - 4/12

The UNH School of Law will host “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015” from April 11-22 in the UNH School of Law Library (2nd floor, 2 White St., Concord, NH). 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.

Further details at 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.

Campaign for Legal Services Kickoff – 4/19

The 2016 Campaign for Legal Services Kick-off Breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19, at the Grappone Center in Concord.

The keynote speaker is John Broderick Jr., former chief justice of the NH Supreme Court, and the first recipient of the John E. Tobin Jr. Justice Award.

The breakfast benefits New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice and Referral Center.

April 19
7:30 a.m.

NHMCLE Tip: How Do I find ART?

The Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) is used by members to monitor their Rule 53 status. ART is accessed from a link on the NHMCLE web page, the central hub for ART info, Rule 53, ART video guides, browser tips and activation information.

First-time ART users need to activate their ART accounts. Once signed up, users can enter qualified courses, monitor their Rule 53 progress on "My Record" page and be ready to file the ART Affidavit of Compliance for the June 30 deadline for the reporting year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).

Public Sector Attorneys: You Can Help Pro Bono, Too

Attorneys who are unable to provide direct legal services to Pro Bono clients can still assist the program by helping Pro Bono staff refer cases. Please consider joining us for a Referral Marathon in honor of Law Day – Monday, May 2, 2016, from noon – 5 p.m.

If you can make some calls for Pro Bono, for the afternoon or just an hour or two, please sign-up online. Contact Margaret with questions.

Question of the Week

Do you believe that the reputation of your law school affects how clients and potential employers view your qualifications?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Suggested Reading

Is association of office-sharing lawyers liable for member's alleged malpractice?
Maybe, judge says. Read more in ABA Journal.

Panama Papers Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security
Largest data breach in history – some 11.5 million documents – proves law firms need to up their game on data security. The American Lawyer reports. 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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