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May 6, 2015

In this Issue

Avoid Two bar associations - North Carolina and Louisiana - are reporting on a new scam involving wired funds in real estate transactions. One law firm (not a NH firm) has already lost $200,000 to the scheme.

One of the victimized law firms had a two-level confirmation practice in place to protect against fraudulent wires, but the scammers hacked an email account of one of the parties to assume their identity. The scammers, using that fake identity info, then emailed and called the firm to confirm the wiring instructions as was required.

Read more about the scam and ways to protect your firm.

The chief justice of the NH Superior Court is conducting judicial evaluations in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 56 and RSA 490:32 and invites you to participate in this process. Click on the names to evaluate the following Justices:

Hon. Gillian L. AbramsonHillsborough County Superior Court - North
Hon. Jacalyn A. ColburnHillsborough County Superior Court - South
Hon. Steven M. HouranStrafford and Carroll County Superior Courts
Hon. John C. Kissinger Jr.Cheshire County Superior Court
Hon. Richard B. McNamaraMerrimack County Superior Court
Hon. James D. O'Neill IIIBelknap County Superior Court
Hon. Marguerite L. WagelingRockingham County Superior Court

Responses will be shared with the judges being evaluated, but respondents remain anonymous.

To request a hard copy of the evaluation, please email lbeliveau@courts.state.nh.us or call 271-2030 and one will be mailed to you. Please include your name and postal address in written requests.

Get answers to your questions about information technology at a meeting of the NHBA Solo/Small Firm Discussion Group from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, at the NH Bar Center in Concord.

Susan Bergeron, IT administrator for the NHBA, will join the discussion about various tech tips and applications, with topics ranging from Word and Excel shortcuts to PDFs and cloud computing. To submit questions, or to RSVP, please contact Rosemarie Atwood.

Non-live, in-office courses are courses offered primarily for the education of members of law firms, corporate legal departments or government agencies, are not open to others, and have at least three attending attorneys, including the instructor. See SC Rule 53.3 C.

A minimum of 50 percent of NHMCLE courses must be taken in a "live" course setting; in-office courses are not treated as live. See Rule 53.5 A 6.

To revise incorrect NHMCLE course entries in ART, please email details to nhmcle@nhbar.org.

The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is accepting applications to serve on the court's Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel, including applications from attorneys not currently on the panel and reapplications from panel members whose terms expire Oct. 1.

Instructions and application forms may be downloaded from the court's website in the CJA materials section. Deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, June 12. Applicants will be notified in early fall. Questions? Contact Carmen Torres at (617) 748-9380 or CJA Coordinator George Kretas at (617) 748-9055.

Attorneys who have recently changed their physical or email addresses should submit a name / address change form immediately to update their member records. The bar association sends important correspondence to the addresses members have on file.

Attorneys also can update the professional photographs that are used in their member records. Submit a new high-resolution photograph by email to Karrie Fesette.

null The NH Women's Bar Association invites bar members to attend a brown bag lunch with Judge Patricia Quigley from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at the Circuit Court in Nashua. Discuss probate law issues and learn firsthand what practices Judge Quigley finds effective in her court.

For more information, contact Gretchen Pyles.

2015 Pro Bono Golf

The 22nd Annual Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London. Pro Bono is now accepting player registration forms and sponsorship forms.

The NHMCLE deadline on June 30 is coming up fast.

Whether you need all 12 required credits or just a few, NHBA·CLE has eight in-person live programs this month, in addition to several live webcasts. Seating is limited at the in-person events, so register early.

See the Upcoming Programs list for more information, or the Online Product Catalog for self-study and online options.

Remember, credit information for CLE programs sponsored by the NH Bar or its online partners will be entered into the new NHMCLE ART system automatically.

Will they stay or will they go?
The NH Business Review reports on the cost of keeping young people in New Hampshire. Read more.

'Better Call Saul' Writer on Getting the Law Right
The WSJ Law Blog talks to a writer from the new hit show about portraying lawyers and the legal profession. Read more.

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