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April 29, 2015

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Serving on a New Hampshire Bar Association committee is a great way to give back and get more involved in what is happening in the legal profession. Attorneys interested in serving or being reappointed to a committee on which they currently serve should complete this survey by Wednesday, May 27.



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 New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules will hold a public hearing at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5. The public hearing notice provides the details of the proposed rule changes, which include a proposed new rulemaking system.



Researchers studying the characteristics of effective lawyer mentors are seeking nominees to participate in a national study. Nominate a mentor online at www.bestlawmentors.com.

The study authors will gather evidence of the nominees' excellence and then pare the list to the most extraordinary legal mentors. They will then study the mentors where they work, interviewing both the mentors and focus groups of current and former mentees. They also hope to observe mentoring interactions.

The authors have signed a contract with Harvard University Press to publish a book in 2019.



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.



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. Please email info about your niche practice to news@nhbar.org.


Robert E. Kirby Award
Bob Kirby was a rising star known by his partners and by opposing counsel as an honest, smart, and professional lawyer with a charismatic personality. He died of a sudden illness in 1996, at just 35 years old. This award is an enduring reminder of what it means to be a great lawyer in New Hampshire.

The Robert E. Kirby Award is given annually to a practitioner age 35 or younger who demonstrates excellent advocacy and civility. Kirby Award nomination form.

Frank Rowe Kenison Award
The Honorable Frank Rowe Kenison (1907-1980) served as chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1952 to 1977. He was an exquisite legal thinker who committed his life to the legal system, education about the law, and the promise of equal justice for all.

The Kenison award is presented annually to a person or group making a substantial contribution to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession or the advancement of legal thought. Kenison Award nomination form.

Both awards will be presented at the NH Bar Foundation Annual Event on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Grappone Center in Concord.

Please visit us at www.nhbarfoundation.org to submit nominations by July 1.



Who is exempt from meeting Rule 53 requirements by June 30, 2015?

Per SC Rule 53.2, NHMCLE exemptions are available (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015) to the following: new admittees sworn in after Oct. 1; members on active military duty outside of New Hampshire for more than three months; members with inactive status for more than three months; certain judicial members not in private practice; and certain elected state or federal officials not in private practice. See Rule 53.1 and 53.2 for details.



The Rockingham County Bar Association will host its 2015 annual meeting from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland. Tickets are $30 and include a buffet dinner. Cash bar. RSVP by May 20 to RCBA President Ralph Barbagallo Jr.



The Court plans to post the final portion of the decision, on the proportionality of the death sentence in Addison's case, at 8:30 am. Thursday, April 30, at courts.state.nh.us.



In Texas, Questions About Prosecuting Truancy
When truancy is a criminal offense. Read more.

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