NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

More License Renewal Workshops – 5/16, 5/20

Prepare for the annual license renewal process that will take place entirely online this year and is aligned with a single deadline for all steps. Lawyers or support staff are invited to attend one of three free workshops coming soon.

Three workshops will feature video replays of a two-hour program on the new Member Dashboard, the online Trust Accounting Certificate and the NHMCLE course-reporting process. Staff will be present to answer questions.

Monday, May 16 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. or 4-6 p.m.
Friday, May 20 at 9-11 a.m.
Sign up by contacting Cheryl Moore.

Marilla Ricker Portrait Unveiling – 5/16

Join the NH Women’s Bar Association, the League of Women Voters NH and the Joint Legislative Historical Committee in honoring Marilla Marks Young Ricker (1840 - 1920), whose portrait will join those of other distinguished New Hampshire leaders.

The ceremony will be held at the State House, north rear entry corridor, followed by a reception on the State House Plaza.

The ceremony is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated to LWV@kenliz.net.

NHBA Section Name Change – Trust & Estate Section

At the March business meeting of the NHBA Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate Section, members in attendance voted to change the name of the section to the Trust & Estate Section.

Members agreed that "the new, shorter name is broad enough to encompass all aspects of the section members' practice areas, to include elder law, probate and estate administration, and estate and trust planning," according to minutes from the meeting.

The NHBA Board of Governors approved these changes April 21.

Interested in joining the section? Visit our online store.

Considering a Change in Status?

Save time and hassle by submitting member status changes (or updates in address or contact information) by Friday, May 13, 2016 to have those changes reflected on the June 1 statements for NHBA dues and Court fees.

Members who have not made a status change by May 13 will have up to 60 days after receiving the dues and fees statement to change to a status corresponding with a lower dues amount (active to inactive, for example).

Look for the 3-1-1 logo on the home page to find out more about the 2016 attorney license renewal process.

NHMCLE Tip: Reporting Non-NH Bar Courses

Learn how to enter a Non-NH Bar CLE by reading information at the NHMCLE information page.

  1. Watch the three-minute video, "ART-New Entry"
  2. Log into ART at www.nhmcle.org to the "New Entry" page;
  3. Enter non-NH Bar courses taken on/after July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016;
  4. View all course entries on the "My Record" page.
  5. If Rule 53 minimums are not met, attend and enter more courses by June 30, 2016.

Bar News Seeks Municipal/Gov & IP Articles – 5/23

Special sections in the June issue of Bar News will feature municipal and government law, and intellectual property law. Proposals for articles on new developments or practical information in these areas, or in some way intersecting with these areas, are now being accepted.

Please submit article proposals to Editor Kristen Senz by Monday, May 9. Articles should be 800-1,000 words. Drafts will be due Monday, May 23. For more information, please see the Bar News editorial submission information.

NH Circuit Court Judicial Evaluations – 6/17

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 (603) 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 June 17.

CLS Kick-Off Breakfast– 5/26

The 2016 Campaign for Legal Services Kick-off breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, at the Grappone Center in Concord.

Former NH Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, the keynote speaker, will receive the first-ever John E. Tobin Jr. Justice Award, recognizing his advocacy 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.

Thursday
May 26
8 a.m.

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

Question of the Week

Which best describes your spring/summer vacation plans?

Day-tripping in New England
Overseas
Keeping it domestic
What vacation?

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

How would you characterize your level of technological competence?

Suggested Reading

The Man Who Terrifies Wall Street
The New Yorker reports on a US Attorney who has gone after hedge fund managers and corrupt legislators. Read more.

Should Courts Get to Define Religion?
The Atlantic reports that the Massachusetts Supreme Court will decide whether a local shrine should be tax-exempt—a decision that could have broad implications for faith organizations in America. 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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