NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Memorial Service: Marilyn B. McNamara – 4/16

Friends and colleagues of Marilyn Billings McNamara, who passed away on April 10, 2016, are invited to a memorial service at noon, Saturday, April 16 at Congregational Church, 11 Church Street, Amherst, NH. McNamara was NHBA president from 2010 to 2011 and was a member of the Upton Hatfield law firm.

Anyone who wishes to share information, memories or condolences with the family can contact Marilyn’s daughter, Nora Julia Vargas.

E-mails Regarding Annual Member Renewal

All members of the Bar Association will be receiving an e-mail from billing@nhbar.org on April 14 listing important deadlines for the annual renewal or attorney licensing process starting June 1. It will contain links to forms to change membership status or contact information.
Tip: Members who are considering changing their member status (active to inactive, for example), can reduce the hassle factor by changing that status and/or their contact information by May 13 so that the revised information is incorporated into the June 1 billing.
Visit the "For Members" page at www.nhbar.org and review the choices under “Your Records” for procedures and forms, or look for the "Important Membership Renewal Links" on the NH Bar home page.

Comment Sought on Suggested Rule Changes – 4/22

The NH Supreme Court has determined that, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 51(f), exceptional circumstances justify expedited consideration of a number of suggested rule amendments related to:

  • Felonies First in Belknap County
  • Bar Admissions – Test Accommodations
  • Bar Membership Renewal

On or before Friday, April 22, 2016, members of the bench, bar, legislature, executive branch or public may file with the clerk of the Supreme Court comments on any of the suggested rule amendments. An original and seven copies of all comments shall be filed. Comments may also be emailed to the court.

A Lawyer & Judge in Every School – 5/6

In observance of Law Day, attorneys and judges are encouraged to visit New Hampshire classrooms Friday, May 6. The theme for Law Day 2016 is “Miranda: More than Words,” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona.

The NH Bar Association has created a series of videos featuring NH Public Defender Sarah Rothman and NH State Police prosecutor James Shepard discussing the application of the Miranda warning in real life. Paired with materials created by the ABA, these videos are designed to help attorneys engage with students.

Attorneys can contact LRE Coordinator Robin E. Knippers for more information.

CLS Kick-Off Breakfast Date Changed – 5/26

The 2016 Campaign Kick-off Breakfast for the Campaign for Legal Services has been postponed. Due to an unexpected conflict for keynote speaker John Broderick, the 2016 Campaign Kick-off is now scheduled for Thursday, May 26, at the Grappone Center in Concord.

Before his remarks, Broderick will receive the John E. Tobin Jr. Justice Award, recognizing his work advocating for expanded access to justice for vulnerable and disadvantaged New Hampshire residents.

The Campaign Kick-off Breakfast is the annual fundraising event of the Campaign for Legal Services, which benefits New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Advice and Referral Center.

Doors at 7:30 a.m., program starts at 8 a.m. Register online or email spalermo@nhla.org.

May 26
8 a.m.

Judge Morrison Retirement Celebration – 4/28

All NH Bar members are invited to attend a retirement open house for the Hon. Stephen M. Morrison from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, April 28, in Courtroom 1 at the Dover District Court building, 25 St. Thomas Street, Dover NH.

Apr 28
3 - 5 p.m.

NHMCLE Tip: Left a CLE Before the Program Ended?

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.

How? Login to ART, go to "My Record" page, and double-click the course name. A popup screen will appear: "Modify Existing Member Activity." Decrease the minutes to reflect your actual attendance time, then click the "Update Member Activity" button to complete.

Don't Forget to Vote

The NHBA Board of Governors ballot was sent to eligible voters as a bulk email message from ElectionsOnline. If you have questions about the election process, please contact Debbie Hawkins

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.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Sullivan County Advanced Directives. Senior citizen living in Charlestown would like financial power of attorney drawn up. Contact Carolann.

Belknap County Probate Help. Senior citizen living in a house left to her and a nephew by deceased partner needs assistance probating will and putting house in her name. Contact Janice.

Question of the Week

Do you think there are too many lawyers in New Hampshire?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Suggested Reading

Is There Such a Thing as an Affordable Lawyer?
The Atlantic, in this May 2014, piece describes the difficulty of many Americans to access affordable legal services as the impetus for change. Read more.

SCOTUS antitrust ruling against dentists raises questions about lawyers’ regulatory structures
ABA Journal 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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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.

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