April 8, 2015

In this Issue

NHBA members eligible to vote for the 2015 NHBA Board of Governors who have not yet voted will receive reminder emails this week. Voting ends Wednesday, April 15.

There are two contested races: one for a seat representing out-of-state members and one representing the public sector. Complete candidate profiles and statements are posted with the ballots.

President-elect Mary Tenn of Tenn & Tenn in Manchester will take office as NHBA president at the Annual Meeting in June.

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 Denice DeStefano, assistant executive director.

Justice Hicks
Justice Hicks
NH Supreme Court Justice Gary Hicks will receive the Manchester Bar Association's annual Distinguished Service Award at a dinner event at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Bedford Village Inn. The cost is $42 per person for members and $50 for nonmembers. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. To register, contact Cathy Leonard at Sheehan Phinney.

Nashua Circuit Court is hosting a brown bag lunch discussion for family law practitioners from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

The May issue of Bar News will feature a special section on real property law. Do you have a timely or compelling article idea? Email your proposal to Bar News Editor Kristen Senz by April 13. Drafts should be 800-1,000 words and will be due April 27.

New Hampshire attorneys can raise awareness about the legal profession and our system of justice by connecting with a school and arranging to make a short presentation to students in observance of Law Day on May 8.

The NH Bar Association provides support and ready-made educational materials, empowering its members to become active and involved in their hometowns. Visit the Law Day page on the Bar's website to learn more and report your school visit.

For more information about how to get involved, contact Robin E. Knippers.

Magistrate Judge Andrea Johnstone
Judge Johnstone
The NHBA Labor & Employment Law Section will host a reception in honor of US District Court Magistrate Judge Andrea Johnstone from 4:30-6:30 p.m., this Friday, April 10, in the NH Bar Center Pillsbury Room (Lower Level) in Concord. All labor and employment law section attorneys, colleagues and friends of Johnstone are invited to attend. Light refreshments provided. No cost to attend, but RSVPs must be received by April 8. Contact Patty Frechette.

Note: This event immediately follows the Bar's 14th Annual Labor & Employment Law CLE, which will also be held at the Bar Center.

Are you an experienced attorney who could spare some time to mentor someone new to the practice of law in New Hampshire? The NH Bar Association Mentor Program is looking for mentors in Merrimack, Hillsborough and Rockingham counties. New lawyers are looking for help navigating the system as they begin practice in all sorts of areas, including family law, bankruptcy, civil litigation, wills and trusts, real estate, intellectual property and general practice.

If you would like to become a mentor, or would like more information about what being a mentor is all about, please contact Rosemarie Atwood.

Are you a NH Bar member who practices in an unusual area of the law? Or do you know someone who does? If so, Bar News would like to hear about it. Please email a description of the niche practice to news@nhbar.org.

Want to contribute to Bar News in another way? We're looking for volunteers to summarize slip opinions. If interested, please contact Lisha Brosseau for more information.

Got other ideas? Bar News is your publication. Email Kristen Senz with your article ideas, suggestions or tips.

Did you leave a non-NH Bar CLE prior to the end of the program? Only enter the actual attendance time (in minutes). See the NHMCLE page.

If you left an NHBA·CLE event prior to the end of the program, manually decrease the time to minutes actually attended in ART.


Go to the "My Record" page and double-click the course name. On the page, "Modify Existing Member Activity," decrease the minutes, then click the "Update Member Activity" button.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all New Hampshire-admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

Attorneys who have recently changed their physical or email address should submit a name and address change form to or contact Susan Lakeway, member records coordinator, immediately to update their member records. The bar association sends important correspondence to the addresses members have on file.

Attorneys also can update the professional photographs that are used in their member records. Submit a new high-resolution photograph by email to Karrie Fesette.

20 Apps Providing Access to Legal Help
ABA Journal reports on the newest round of apps to help legal consumers and lawyers. Read more.

Judge: It's OK to Serve Divorce Papers via Facebook
Defriending apparently isn't the harshest blow that can be dealt on Facebook. A New York judge ruled that divorce papers can be served through a Facebook message. Read more.

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