NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Join NHBA Committees – 6/3

Members can express interest in joining a NH Bar Association committee by completing this survey by Friday, June 3. From NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy: “I hope you will consider lending your time, energy and perspective to your professional association by volunteering to join the work of these NHBA groups.”

All current committee members who wish to continue serving, as well as prospective new committee members, are asked to fill out the online survey. In appointing committee members, the NHBA president or acting president strives to fulfill member requests and achieve a balance of experience, perspectives and diversity within each group.

Read about NHBA Committees.

Public Hearing on Rules – 6/3

Two proposals aimed at addressing the so-called debtors’ prison – a reference to indigent defendants being jailed for unpaid fines -- will be heard by the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules at 12:30 p.m., Friday, June 3, at the NH Supreme Court. One proposal would give defendants the right to counsel at hearings on their ability to pay. The other proposal would not, among other differences.

The committee invites comment on this and other proposed rules at the public hearing.

Attorney Licensure Replay – 5/20

Attend a free facilitated video replay this week at the Bar Center detailing the new tools for the online, one-stop process for attorney license renewal. The 90-minute program qualifies for 60 minutes of general NHMCLE credit. (The recent membership mailing incorrectly stated that it would be reported as ethics/professionalism credit.)

Sign up by contacting Cheryl Moore.

Bar Center
May 20
9 - 11 a.m.
60 General NHMCLE minutes

Support Pro Bono – Check the Box!

By checking the box on your annual dues statement to donate to the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program, you support Pro Bono’s mission of improving access to justice while fostering the fulfillment of ethical aspirations among New Hampshire attorneys.

VIDEOS: Two Pro Bono volunteers talk about why they do Pro Bono work.

For seasoned family law attorney Marilyn Mahoney, of Harvey & Mahoney in Manchester, doing Pro Bono work has always been a “no-brainer.” Newer attorney Rory Parnell, of Parnell, Michels & McKay in Londonderry, sees Pro Bono work as integral to his calling as a lawyer.

Go Beyond Mentoring – Lead Someone to Leadership Academy

Any attorney who has been in law practice for at least three years is eligible to apply for the NHBA Leadership Academy. This multifaceted, year-long program cultivates leaders in the legal profession, in law firms, and in local communities. Do you know someone who would make a great leader? Show your support. Suggest NHBA Leadership Academy.

Read some top reasons to apply or suggest Leadership Academy, written by NH attorney leaders Jennifer Parent and Christine Smith.

Download the application form. For more information, contact Lisa Boisvert.

NHMCLE Tip: New Member? Activate Your ART Account


Members without accounts on the Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) website should review the NHMCLE web page for optimal browser information; there’s also a 3-minute video on that page with advice on setting up an account.

Go to ART at www.nhmcle.org to sign up and create your account.

Go to your My Record page to view your current status.

Monitor your credit status for the reporting year ending June 30, 2016.

Members who set up an ART Account last year (and most members did so), do not need to create or activate a new ART account.

Supervised Visitation CLE – 6/14

Bringing together various stakeholders and experts in supervised visitation, this CLE program will benefit family law and other practitioners involved in parenting rights issues, including mediators, guardians ad litem, and Circuit Court judges hearing parenting cases.

Faculty will explore the interface between crisis service advocacy and visitation center services for families coping with the effects of domestic abuse. Experienced family court judges and attorneys will discuss crafting and proposing safe visitation orders. Register now. Space is limited.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, US DOJ.

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, NH Bar Center in Concord. Cost for in-person program is $60 for GALs, mediators, crisis center/visitation center staff & active NHBA Pro Bono attorneys, and $159 for all other attorneys.

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
June 14
9 a.m. -
12:30 p.m.
195 NHMCLE Live minutes, including 90 Ethics minutes

Help Us Reach 1,000

The NHBA Facebook Page has 977 “likes.” This is an active page that provides timely notices, articles, photo albums, videos and other information of interest to New Hampshire attorneys. Stop by, take a look, and help the NH Bar Association page reach 1,000.

Question of the Week

If you have an IOLTA account, is it earning an above-market interest rate?

Yes         No         N/A         I don't know*

*Visit this list of participating IOLTA financial institutions. Accounts at Leadership Circle institution earn up to 2%; accounts at Partner level institutions earn 1+%.

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Suggested Reading

US Top Court Rejects Exxon Appeal in Groundwater Contamination Case
Reuters reports on the High Court’s decision to let the NH Supreme Court ruling hold. Read more.

Everything That’s Wrong with Legal Education – According to Law School Deans
Legal blog Above the Law reports on a panel of deans that discussed a variety of issues at a recent Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference. 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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