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Race for Justice 5K – 6/24

Register now for the first annual Race for Justice 5K in Whitefield, NH. The race is being organized in connection with the NH Bar Association Annual Meeting, scheduled for June 23-24.

Run the Race for Justice 5K and help raise awareness and funds for the DOVE Project, which is celebrating 25 years of providing emergency legal help to victims of domestic violence.

Learn more or download a printable flyer. For sponsorship info, contact Donna Parker.

Annual Meeting Awards Announced

The following people will be recognized at the NHBA Honors and Awards Banquet on Friday, June 23 at 6 p.m.

George Moore, a leader in the legal community in New Hampshire and beyond for more than 35 years, has been selected to receive the 2017 E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism.

Charles Douglas, a founder of the Douglas Leonard & Garvey law firm in Concord and a former justice of the NH Supreme Court and NH Superior Court, will receive the 2017 NH Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession.

NH Supreme Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy, a former Superior Court judge, former partner at McLane Middleton, and United States Air Force officer will receive the 2017 NHBA Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism. This award recognizes a judge who demonstrates “exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness and attention.”

The 2017 NHBA Annual Meeting is June 23 and 24 at the Mountain View Grand Hotel in Whitefield, NH. Learn more or register now.

Liability CLEs This Week and Next

It’s not too late to register for the following seminars:

Slips, Trips & Falls Friday, May 19 (9-11:45 am). This CLE will provide tips and insights from practitioners with significant experience in premises liability case. Attorney Kirk Simoneau will describe his recent large verdict in a trip and fall case. Attorney Christine Friedman will recount her experiences in trying premises liability cases. Attorney Corey Belobrow will discuss immunity or similar defenses which apply to municipal premises liability cases. Available In-Person or as a Live Webcast.

Liability for Officers, Directors & Owners of LLCs & Closely-Held Corporations. Wednesday, May 24 (9 am–3:30 pm) . This CLE will address legal exposure for individuals in a corporate and limited liability company setting. This will include potential liability for officers, directors and shareholders. Ideal for litigators dealing with any of these issues as well as business and corporate advisors. Available for In-Person or as a Live Webcast.

Modest Means Program Launch – 6/1

Set to launch June 1, the new Modest Means Legal Program is shaping up to be a win for attorneys and the public as it expands both attorney hourly rate caps (up to $125 per hour) and client income thresholds, replacing the former Reduced Fee Referral Program. It’s free to join the panel, and acceptance of all referrals is voluntary.

Learn more in this month's Bar News or in the spring LRS newsletter.

For more information on the Lawyer Referral Service and the Modest Means Legal Program, please visit the Member Dashboard on the Bar’s website under “Grow Your Practice,” or email LRSreferral@nhbar.org.

Pro Bono Cases of the Week

Belknap county help with Veterans benefits. Veteran’s widow’s pay is being garnished by the Veterans Administration, who claim that she owes a significant amount for failure to report a change in earnings. Please contact Carolann if you can help.

Eviction help in Franklin District Court. Disabled client with minor child facing eviction. A landlord/tenant writ has been filed with a return date of May 22nd. Client would like to stay in the unit or negotiate for more time. Please contact Barbara.

Federal Practice and Bankruptcy Articles Needed

The July issue of New Hampshire Bar News will feature two special practice area sections – one on Federal Practice, and one on Bankruptcy.

If you have an idea for an article of 800-1,000 words related to these areas that would appeal to Bar News readers, please review the editorial submission guidelines and contact Editor Kristen Senz now. Drafts will be due June 26.

FROM THE COURT

NH Circuit Court Judicial Evaluation Notice – 6/17

The NH Judicial Branch Circuit Court administrative judge routinely conducts judicial evaluations and invites you to participate in this process. The following judges are presently being evaluated:

Click a judge’s name to complete the evaluation. Responses will be shared with the judges being evaluated, but are treated as confidential; respondents remain anonymous.

Contact the Circuit Court Administrative Office at Lcammett@courts.state.nh.us or 271-6418 for a paper evaluation form. All evaluations must be completed by June 17.

Character & Fitness Committee Vacancy – 5/25

The NH Supreme Court seeks applications from attorneys interested in serving on the Committee on Character and Fitness. There is one open position for an attorney member to serve a renewable three-year term. The committee conducts investigations and makes recommendations to the Court regarding the character and fitness of applicants for admission to the New Hampshire bar. The committee has nine members and its duties are set forth in NH Supreme Court Rule 42(II).  

Committee applicants must have been active members of the New Hampshire bar for at least five years, should be practicing lawyers with a well-developed understanding of legal ethics, and should have an affirmative interest in legal education and requirements for admission to the bar.

Committee members attend four meetings per year; formal hearings may be scheduled as necessary. This is a volunteer position.

Download the application and submit to Sherry Hieber by Thursday, May 25. Direct questions to Hieber by email or phone at (603) 224-8806.

Dover: Juvenile Delinquency Brown Bag – 6/7

A brown bag lunch discussion for juvenile delinquency practitioners is scheduled for noon – 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 7, at the Dover courthouse, 25 St. Thomas St., Dover, NH.

Judge Jennifer Lemire, Court Clerk Cheryll Andrews and Deputy Clerk Kim Hede will attend. Guest speaker Kate Geraci, Circuit Court administrator, will discuss the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

This presentation is open to all stakeholders in this area of law to include public defenders, prosecutors, private defense attorneys, school district representatives, and juvenile probation and parole officers.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Cheryll Andrews or Kim Hede by June 5.

OTHER NEWS & EVENTS

Centennial Celebration of Women in the NH Bar – 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. Visit the NH Bar Foundation website for more information and to buy tickets.

Suggested Reading

ABA Issues Major Ruling on Ethics of Email and Electronic Communications
The ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued a major new opinion providing guidance on the steps lawyers should take to protect client confidentiality in electronic communications. Read more.
 
Ransomware – a Global Wake-Up Call
What measures can your company take to protect itself in the event of a ransomware attack? Read more at JDSupra.com.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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