NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Message from NH Supreme Court

All active- and inactive-status Bar members will be receiving a mailing labeled “Important Message from the NH Supreme Court” this week explaining changes to the annual license renewal process starting with June 1 emails from billing@nhbar.org. The mailing includes a letter from Chief Justice Linda Dalianis.

Three free video replays of a two-hour workshop are coming up next week. Attend and have your questions answered about how to complete the online renewal process. (The two-hour program will qualify for 60 minutes of NHMCLE credit and will be reported on the Attorney Reporting Tool at www.nhmcle.org.) 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.

CLE on Exit Strategies Added – 6/17

National CLE speaker Roy Ginsburg will explore the questions lawyers considering retirement need to ask and answer in a three-hour NHBA•CLE program on Friday, June 17, at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel.

Ginsburg’s program will also include a discussion of how to sell a law practice, which will also be of interest to mid-career lawyers seeking to acquire a practice.

Register for this program now.

June 17 was previously reserved for the NHBA Annual Meeting, which has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

Recognition of members who have been in practice for 50 years and newly appointed and retired judges, as well as presentation of annual Professionalism Awards, will take place at this October meeting. Mark your calendars.

June 17
8:45 a.m. - noon
180 Live NHMCLE minutes, including 60 Ethics minutes

NHMCLE Tip: Why are "In-Office" Courses Considered Non-Live?

In-office courses are considered non-live because the courses are offered primarily for the education of members of law firms, corporate legal departments or government agencies and are not open to other attorneys. To qualify, the in-office course must 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.

If an incorrect ART entry is made, please email details to nhmcle@nhbar.org for assistance.

Law Day 2016 - School Visits Reporting

Have you visited a classroom in celebration of Law Day? Or for another educational purpose? We would like to record your visit.

Please report your school visit online by entering the teacher's name and the number of students you visited, or contact LRE Coordinator Robin E. Knippers.

Can You Spare Two Hours in 2017?

Volunteers are needed to host Lawline for 2017. If you are able to set aside two hours of your time, please consider volunteering to provide legal information to callers from the general public. Lawline takes place the second Wednesday of every month, from 6-8 p.m. Phone calls are of a general nature, typically last no longer than 10 minutes each, and you can answer calls from the comfort of your own home or your office. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Geddes today.

Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament –
Registration Now Open

When: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016
Where: Lake Sunapee Country Club, New London
Why: Support Pro Bono while enjoying great golf in a beautiful setting.

Register online or print the player registration form. Sign up individually or as a team. For more details, visit the Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament page. Questions? Contact Margaret.

Aug. 11
Tee off:
12:30 pm

NHBA Leadership Academy – Applications Available

The NH Bar Association Leadership Academy will be selecting a new class of participants this fall. Applications are available now and must be submitted by 5 p.m., July 15. This year-long program is designed to educate lawyers who have been in practice for at least three years 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.

Women’s Bar Networking Event – Tonight!

The NH Women’s Bar Association is hosting a networking event starting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, at the Thirsty Moose on Elm Street in Manchester. Relax with NHWBA members and friends. Light appetizers will be provided. No pre-registration necessary.

Thirsty Moose
May 11
6 p.m.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Sullivan County Tort Defense. The client was in an auto accident in March. Claremont police found that the client was not at fault. The other party's insurance is sending threatening letters and demanding that the client pay damages of more than $5,000. No action to suspend his license has been taken. Contact Carolann.

Merrimack County Advice & Counsel. Client would like to meet with an attorney in Concord to help him understand terms of his significant other's will. He is allowed to remain in property under the will but wants to clarify his rights and responsibilities with regard to same. Please contact Carolann.

Question of the Week

Do you think the creation of the Circuit Court was a positive development for the NH Court System?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

Which best describes your spring/summer vacation plans?

Suggested Reading

The Supreme Court’s Next Big Fight over Money in Politics
Will the justices gut the rest of McCain-Feingold—and make it easier for wealthy donors to influence elections? Read more in The Atlantic.

Is Klingon A Living Language? That's For (Human) Courts to Decide
Paramount Pictures and CBS are suing the producers of a Star Trek fan film for copyright infringement. NPR reports.

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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