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Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Added: License Renewal Workshop – 4/28

Judge Cassavechia

Back by popular demand: Free workshop on the new attorney license renewal process that will explain several changes that will make fulfilling the annual licensure obligations faster and easier.

The Bar Association is reprising the free workshop that previews the synchronized deadlines and all-online renewal process at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in the lower level seminar room. 60 minutes of NHMCLE credit will be available for this workshop.

Come to (and encourage your office administrator or paralegal to attend) this event.

NH Bar staff will be on hand to walk you through the process and answer all your questions. Register with Cheryl Moore, 603-715-3260, to let us know you are coming.

April 28
1 p.m.
60 Live NHMCLE Minutes

Give Your Colleagues Credit – 4/29

Has someone made a difference in your professional life? Do you know a judge who embodies judicial professionalism? Is there an attorney who exemplifies “the New Hampshire Way” of practicing law?

Nominating someone for a NH Bar Association annual award is a way to recognize and reward excellence in the New Hampshire legal community. A nomination never submitted is a missed chance to give credit where it is due.

Please consider submitting a nomination – with the nominee’s name and reasons for the nomination – for one of the following awards by Friday, April 29, to Denice DeStefano.

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.

Do You Speak a Foreign Language?

The NH Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service is experiencing a significant increase in referral requests, and is having difficulties assisting clients for whom English is a second language, particularly Spanish-speaking clients. If you would like to receive referrals for these paying clients, tailored to your practice areas, please consider joining the Lawyer Referral Service. For more information contact Sheila Vermacy at (603) 715-3235.

NHBA Leadership Academy – Application Available

The NH Bar Association Leadership Academy will be selecting a new class of participants this fall. Applications are now available. This year-long program is designed to educate lawyers who were admitted to the NHBA before 11/2013, about community involvement, public life, and leadership in the legal profession.

The cost is $750. A limited number of scholarships will be available to help defray the cost where there is a need. For more information, please visit the Leadership Academy page at www.nhbar.org.

Court Seeks Comment on Proposed Rules – 6/1

The NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules has reported a number of proposed rule amendments to the NH Supreme Court, with a recommendation for adoption. This marks the first semi-annual report by the committee, since the court’s rulemaking procedures were changed last year.

Comments must be filed by June 1 in writing or by email to the Supreme Court. The proposed rule amendments relate to the following:

  1. Appeals from Decisions Designated as Final by Superior Court (titled "Interlocutory Appeals" in the Committee Report)
  2. Circuit Court - Family Division Rules 2.29 and 2.3
  3. Fees for Copied Material – Superior and Circuit Court Rules
  4. Fees - Circuit Court - Probate Division
  5. Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5. Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Concord Area Eviction. A 57-year-old man faces eviction, needs advice and possible representation. He has been living in his own camper on landlady’s property for several years. Contact Janice.

Hooksett Family Division. Unfiled divorce, spouse is out of state, but client has address for service. Two minor children live with client. Contact Janice.

Professionalism Creed & Litigation Guidelines

The NH Litigation Guidelines have been revised to bring these important documents 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:

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.

NHMCLE Tip: Exemptions from Rule 53

NH Supreme Court Rule 53.2 lists exemptions from NHMCLE annual reporting for the following:

  • new admittees sworn in after October 1;
  • members on active military duty outside of NH for more than three months;
  • members on inactive status for more than three months during the reporting year beginning July 1, 2015;
  • certain judicial members unless they also are in private practice;
  • and certain elected state or federal officials not in private practice.

Members are encouraged to check their ART – Account and their My Record page. Questions? Visit the NHMCLE information page.

Question of the Week

Have you ever surveyed your clients about how satisfied they are with the services you provided?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Suggested Reading

Technology Brings New Definition of Competency
A Chicago lawyer writes about the ethics of tech competency for lawyers for Bloomberg. Read more.

NH Supreme Court rules public has right to electronic government information
NH Union Leader reports on the Court’s reversal. 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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