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April 15, 2015

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Add a description The Bar's Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of members of the legal community and their contributions to the justice system and the association.

Please be sure to note the reasons for your nomination, either with the name of the nominee, or to be submitted soon after you have submitted a nominee's name.

Nominations are sought by April 30 for the Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism, the Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award, and the E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism.

The NH Bar Association New Lawyers Committee is hosting a social event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the Peddler's Daughter at 48 Main St., Nashua. Arrive at 5:30 or whenever you get out of work. The committee will provide appetizers but will not purchase alcohol. Please RSVP to Rosemarie Atwood.

Voting in NH Bar Association board elections ends tonight at midnight.

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 Denice DeStefano, assistant executive director.

In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 56 and RSA 490:32, the NH Judicial Branch Circuit Court administrative judge routinely conducts judicial evaluations and invites bar and public participation in this process. Evaluate the following judges and masters anonymously by clicking on their names and completing the surveys.

Justice Susan Ashley7th Circuit Court
Justice Gary Cassavechia7th Circuit Court
Justice John Coughlin6th and 9th Circuit Courts
Master Michael Garner4th and 6th Circuit Courts
Master Henrietta Luneau6th and 10th Circuit Courts

Survey responses will be shared with the judges and masters being evaluated, but are treated as confidential; respondents remain anonymous.

To request a hard copy of an evaluation, email the Circuit Court Administrative Office or call 271-6418 and include your name, address and the name(s) of judges/masters to be evaluated.

All evaluations must be completed online or returned by June 10.

First step: Attend a qualified course by June 30.

Take the critical second step. Qualified CLEs do not count until the course is entered into an activated ART account.

Bar members must enter qualified non-NH Bar CLEs into activated ART accounts. NH Bar CLEs are entered directly into ART accounts within 30 days of course attendance by the NH Bar CLE Department.

Members can monitor credit progress any time to assure Supreme Court Rule 53 compliance by June 30, 2015.

Many of the NHBA's 22 sections will hold officer elections at meetings between March and May. Are you a Section member? Would you like to get more involved in your Section and, at the same time, develop one of the most valuable skills needed today... leadership?

Look for nomination and election information on your Section's next meeting notice. Positions include chair, vice chair, and clerk, and the term of office is June 1, 2015-May 31, 2016.

For information on the duties and responsibilities of a Section officer, contact one of your current Section officers or the Sections Coordinator.

The NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules recommends that the Court amend Supreme Court Rules 37 and 37A to eliminate the authority of the attorney discipline office general counsel, the complaint screening committee and the professional conduct committee to issue warnings when it is determined that an attorney acted in a manner that did not constitute a clear violation of the rules of professional conduct, but which involved behavior requiring attention.

Members of the bench, bar, legislature, executive branch or public may file comments on the proposals with the Supreme Court until Monday, May 11. Read the court's order requesting comment.

The June issue of Bar News will feature special sections on municipal and government law, and intellectual property law. Do you have an idea for a timely and informative article in one of these areas? Please email Bar News Editor Kristen Senz by May 11. Articles should be 800-1,000 words and will be due May 22.

ALSO: Bar News is collecting info on niche practices for a feature in a future issue. Please email info about your niche practice to news@nhbar.org.

Second Podcast Examines Murder Case Explored by 'Serial'
A new podcast will take a new look at the case featured in NPR's very popular "Serial." "Undisclosed" will examine and explore the case in greater detail, from an investigatory perspective instead of a narrative one. Read more.

John Wilkes Booth and the Higher Law
Was Abraham Lincoln's assassin inspired by the militant abolitionist John Brown? Read more.

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