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NHBA Board Election Results

Following the April election for NHBA Board of Governors, the Board will retain both Ed Philpot and Dan Will. Ed, who is concluding his second term as Governor-at-Large, will become Vice President in June, and Dan will remain on the Board serving the second year of his first term as Hillsborough North County Governor.

Thanks and congratulations also go to those returning to the Board: Sandra Cabrera and Jonathan Eck as Governors-at-Large; Richard Guerriero as Cheshire County Governor; and Lanea Witkus as Sullivan County Governor. These seasoned Board members will be joined by members of the BOG in June: Thomas McCue (Coos); Marcie Hornick (Grafton); Adam Pignatelli (Merrimack); Susan Lowry (Rockingham); and Andrew Hamilton (ABA Association New Lawyer Delegate).

Ethics Opinion On Fee-Sharing with Retired Lawyers

The NHBA Ethics Committee recently released an opinion titled “Law Firm Obligations in Sharing Fees and Ownership Control with Retired Lawyers.”

The opinion answers the following question: May a retired lawyer (i) retain an ownership interest in or management control over the lawyer's former firm, and/or (ii) share legal fees earned by that lawyer's former firm for work performed after the lawyer retires?

Read the opinion.

Leadership Academy Symposium – 5/4

As part of the NHBA Leadership Academy program, the 2016-17 Academy participants will host a symposium at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 4, at the Bar Center in Concord.
Three groups of Academy participants will address the issue of access to justice, each from one of the following perspectives:

  • Barriers for Non-English Speakers
  • Legal Incubators: What the Bar Association Can Do for New Solos
  • The Impact of Education Debt on New Lawyers

The event ends with a reception for the invited guests, which include the NH Board of Governors, alumni of the NHBA Leadership Academy, colleagues/families of the participants and other groups within the legal community. Due to space limitations, attendance is by invitation or reservation only. Contact Lisa Boisvert at the Bar Center (715-3213) to request a reservation.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Coos County adoption. Client has had permanent guardianship of minor child since 2009. Would like to adopt so that child will have access to needed benefits. Please contact Margaret.

Advice on deed. Goffstown client with health issues needs advice and counsel regarding her mortgaged home and possible addition of son's name to deed. Please contact Carolann.

Legislative & Rulemaking Advocacy CLE – 5/2

If you want to learn more about state policy and rule-making, don’t miss our Learn@Lunch webcast from noon to 1 p.m. next Tuesday, May 2.

Attorneys Aaron Mitchell and John MacIntosh discuss the basic process of how legislation and rules are made, and how to conduct legislative history research for both statutes and rules. They will also include tips on testifying in front of agencies and committees.

Learn More or Register – Webcast only. No in-person attendance.

Annual Meeting – Reserve Now

Refresh. Reconnect. Refocus. Join us for a restorative weekend at the Mountain View Grand Hotel for the NH Bar Association’s 2017 Annual Meeting, June 23-24. Experience the luxury and comfort of a classic New Hampshire resort as you reconnect with colleagues, friends and family. Space is limited, so reserve your room now.

Consider participating in the Race for Justice to raise funds and awareness for the DOVE Project.

Get in front of your target audience - sponsorships are still available for both of these events. To learn more, contact Donna Parker .


Court Issues Two Rules Orders

The New Hampshire Supreme Court issued two rules orders on Thursday, April 20. The first order adopts amendments to the New Hampshire Rules of Evidence, which will take effect July 1.

The other adopts changes to court rules. Changes to the electronic filing pilot rules take effect May 1. The rest take effect July 1.

CJA Panel Accepting Applications – 6/16

The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is accepting applications to serve on the court's Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel. Attorneys interested in joining the panel and those whose terms expire Sept. 30 are invited to apply.

CJA attorneys must be members of the bar of the Court in good standing; have experience with federal criminal law and appellate procedure; have a commitment to indigent criminal defense; and be willing to accept at least one CJA appellate appointment each year.

Instructions and applications are available on the court's website under "CJA Materials.”

Completed applications and attachments must be received by June 16 at 5 p.m. Applications will be reviewed by the CJA Panel Advisory Committee, which will make recommendations to the Court. Applicants will be notified in early fall. For more information, contact Carmen Torres at (617) 748-9380 or CJA Coordinator George Kretas at (617) 748-9055.


First 100 Years: Women Lawyers – 6/1

Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of women entering the practice of law in New Hampshire at a special dinner event June 1 in Concord. Buy tickets by Friday, May 5, at the early-bird price of $55. Visit the NH Bar Foundation website for more information and to buy tickets.

Justice & Journalism: Mary Louise Kelly – 5/3

NPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Service at UNH Law are bringing NPR National Security Correspondent Mary Louise Kelly to Concord, as part of the Justice & Journalism event series.

Kelly’s reporting tracks the CIA and other spy agencies, terrorism, wars, and rising nuclear powers. As part of the national security team, she has traveled extensively to investigate foreign policy and military issues. She will be in conversation with NHPR's Laura Knoy. Audience questions will be encouraged.

Tickets are complimentary, but reservations are required and space is limited. Click here to register. Register by April 28.

May 3
5:30 p.m.

Suggested Reading

A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science.
If their brains have not fully matured, how responsible are adults ages 18 to 24 for their crimes? Read more.

When Justice Breyer's cell phone rings during oral argument.
Mark Walsh of SCOTUS blog describes the scene on Tuesday. 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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