NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Attorney Licensure Renewal Begins

Over the next few days, members will be receiving email notices from billing@nhbar.org. (Notices are sent out in batches, so not all members will receive the email at the same time.) The notices will contain direct payment links for association dues and court fees and links to the new member dashboard, a personalized portal to members’ information.

IMPORTANT: As part of the new attorney licensure renewal process, members will be required to create a new website login. Upon login with current credentials, usernames will be automatically changed to ID number, and members will be prompted to create a new password. Need current login information? Please email login@nhbar.org.

Visit the 3-1-1 page at www.nhbar.org for updates and helpful information on the revisions to attorney licensure.

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.

Last Chance: Fellows Reception – 6/8

Join us June 8 for the Fellows Justice Reception at the Currier Museum of Art to recognize Hon. Arthur Bean, a retired superior court judge, with the Distinguished Honorary Fellows Award, and Jack Middleton, with the inaugural Nixon Zachos Award. Museum doors open at 5:15 p.m. for a private viewing of the galleries, with the program starting at 6 p.m.

Purchase your tickets online now.

Contact Lisha Brosseau, program coordinator for more information.

Can You Help Pro Bono?

Landlord/tenant matter in Hooksett District Court. Senior on fixed income, now in public housing, seeks assistance getting security deposit returned. Please contact Carolann for details.

What is it like handing a landlord-tenant case through Pro Bono? Hear one attorney’s story.

If you want to support Pro Bono but can’t accept a case, you can still help by checking the box on the annual association dues statement, to make a tax-deductible donation to the program.

NHBA Paralegal Professionalism Award

This annual award is presented to the nominee who best exhibits a high degree of professionalism, possesses an outstanding level of knowledge about his or her job, has motivation that exceeds expectations, is considered a role model for other paralegals, and promotes paralegal work as a profession.

Nominations should be in the form of a one-page narrative and should be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15 to NHBA Paralegal Award, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301-3502.

The Paralegal Award will be presented during the luncheon at the Paralegal Association’s Annual Meeting in September 2016.

Public Hearing on Rules – 6/3

Two proposals aimed at addressing the so-called debtors’ prison practice of sending indigent defendants to jail 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.

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

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.

Thursday
Aug. 11
Tee off:
12:30 pm

NHMCLE Reporting Year Ends June 30

Members need to complete their NH Supreme Court Rule 53 – NH Minimum Continuing Legal Education (NHMCLE) requirements for the reporting year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. The Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) is a member’s self-reporting, self-monitoring website which records your activity.

New to ART? Sign up and activate your ART account.

Existing ART user? Login. (Do not create a new user name and password).

In early June, members should:

  • View credit status on the 2015-2016 "My Record" page
  • Need more minutes to meet minimum requirements? Attend and enter CLEs to reach the requirements for the reporting year that ends June 30, 2016.
  • When all minimums are met or exceeded, file the Affidavit of Compliance on the ART toolbar. The affidavit will be available on June 1, 2016.
  • Print and retain your Affidavit of Compliance and My Record page in your office records.
For more information on the reporting process (including video tutorials), see the NHMCLE information page.

 

Can You Spare 2 Hours in 2017?

Volunteers are needed to host Lawline for 2017. Attorneys volunteer to host during one two-hour session. Sessions are held on the second Wednesday of every month, from 6-8 p.m. Hosts answer general legal questions from the public. Phone calls typically last no longer than 10 minutes, and hosts can answer calls from their home or office. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Geddes today.

Question of the Week

Have you ever advocated for or against a piece of pending state legislation?

Yes, I’ve testified at a public hearing.
Yes, I’ve sent emails/letters to a representative.
Yes, I’ve testified and sent letters.
No, I haven’t felt strongly enough about an issue to advocate.
No. I thought about it, but didn’t have time.
No. I learn about new laws after they are passed.

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

Do you ever have a problem bringing in a cell phone or laptop to New Hampshire state courthouses?

Suggested Reading

Reminder about Lawyer Advertising
From the New Jersey Supreme Court, via ABA Journal. Read more.

Big Law Sees Strongest Revenue Gains Since ‘08, Survey Finds
The New York Times Deal Book reports. 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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Stay in Touch! Update Your Contact Info

If your firm, home or email address has recently changed, please complete the Address Change Form and submit to Susan Lakeway immediately to update our member records so you will receive important correspondence from your bar association.

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