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NHBA Annual Meeting – 6/23-24

Annual Meeting is just around the corner – if you have not registered yet, commuter space and limited area lodging are still available.

Whether you are staying at the hotel or commuting, some events may require registration:
  • Keynote CLE Presentation – all attendees must register
  • Commuters must register for banquets, CLE replays
    (All registrations must be received by June 14.)

Shuttle Service is available for guests not staying at the Mountain View Grand. For car or shuttle service, please contact Lindsay at 603-348-5834 (advance reservation is recommended). Mention that you are attending the NHBA Annual Meeting to receive the discount. Minimum one way discounted rate is $35.00.

Join us Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to support the Dove Project with the Race for Justice. Run, walk or cheer!

President's Banquet and Honors & Awards Banquet meal choices must be returned to Cheryl no later than June 14. Tickets are required for banquet attendance.

New! Saturday evening will feature Casino Night! No money is needed, just a little luck! Prizes will be awarded.

Kirby & Kenison Award Nominations – 6/30

The NH Bar Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Frank Rowe Kenison Award and 2017 Robert E. Kirby Award.

Celebrating its 20th year, the Kenison Award recognizes an individual who makes substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession, or the advancement of legal thought. Last year’s recipient was Judge Paul Barbadoro. The Kirby Award honors an attorney age 35 or younger who demonstrates civility, courtesy, perspective and excellent advocacy.  Last year’s recipient was Anthony Galdieri.

Nominations are due by Friday, June 30. Individual committees will select the recipients for each award based on the nominations received. Please contact NH Bar Foundation at (603) 715-3210 or with any questions.

NHBA Seeks Nominations for Paralegal Award – 8/7

The NH Bar Association’s annual Paralegal Professionalism 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. 7 to: NHBA Paralegal Award, c/o Allison, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301-3502.

The award will be presented during the luncheon at the Paralegal Association’s Annual Meeting in September 2017. Contact Allison for more information.

NHMCLE Tip: Affidavits Now Available

Members who have not yet satisfied NHMCLE requirements for the reporting year ending June 30, 2017, should attend and enter qualified CLE courses into their ART accounts. The NHMCLE web page offers video tutorials. 
Once NH Supreme Court Rule 53 requirements have been met, members must file and submit the ART Affidavit of Compliance. To file the affidavit, first log into ART and then:  

  1. Click on the “Affidavit” tab on the toolbar at the top of the screen. 
  2. Review the statement and check the box at the bottom to attest to your 2016-2017 NHMCLE record.
  3. Click “submit” to complete the affidavit.  
  4. Print the affidavit (and the 2016-2017 My Record page) and retain in case of an audit. 
Within 48 hours of filing the affidavit, the NHBA Dashboard button will turn green to reflect compliance with Rule 53.

Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament – 8/10

2016 Tournament Winners:
Team Shaheen Gordon – Paul Kfoury, David Ordway, Walter Smith, and Randall Smith

The 24th annual Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament, the Pro Bono Program’s signature fundraising event, will take place Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Lake Sunapee Country Club, in New London, NH.

Great Golf for a Great Cause! The annual golf tournament provides vital funds for the Pro Bono Referral Program, supporting efforts to connect low-income people with volunteer attorneys. Information, registration, and sponsorships. For more details, contact Margaret.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Help a vet avoid eviction. Family of five in Strafford County facing eviction from mobile home in park due to owner’s failure to pay property taxes. Please contact Janice.

Pro Bono has more than a dozen family law cases awaiting placement, such as: Client seeks assistance with a recently filed divorce in Derry Family Division. One minor child and a marital home. Please contact Janice.

If you can consider a family law case in Cheshire, Hillsborough North or South, Strafford or Sullivan County, please contact Margaret.


Board of Bar Examiners Openings – 6/20

The New Hampshire Supreme Court seeks applications from qualified members of the New Hampshire bar to fill open positions on the Board of Bar Examiners.

The board’s duties are set forth in New Hampshire Supreme Court Rule 42(I) and appointment is for a three-year term. Committee members attend at least one meeting per year, and also serve on one of three subcommittees on the board: testing, eligibility and testing accommodations. The appointment includes a modest honorarium.

Read the court notice and apply. Send applications to

NH Circuit Court Judicial Evaluation Notice – 7/21

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 or 271-6418 for a paper evaluation form. All evaluations must be completed by July 21.

Public Hearing on Proposed Rules – 6/16

The NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules will hold a public hearing at 12:30 p.m., Friday, June 16, at the NH Supreme Court, to consider proposed rules related to the following:

  • Superior Court Civil Rules – Defects in Filings
  • Superior Court Civil Rule 8 – Relation-Back
  • Superior Court Civil Rule 10 – Permissive Counterclaims
  • Superior Court Civil Rule 12(g) – Motions for Summary Judgement
  • Superior Court Civil Rule 17 – Appearances
  • Superior Court Civil Rule 37 – Life Expectancy Tables

See the Hearing Notice. Comments on the rules proposals may be submitted in writing to the secretary of the rules committee at any time on or before June 15, or may be submitted at the hearing. Email comments to


Sununu Taps Hantz for Supreme Court

Anna Barbara “Bobbie” Hantz Marconi, a civil litigator and shareholder at Manchester firm Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, was nominated today to fill the NH Supreme Court seat that Justice Carol Ann Conboy will vacate at the end of this month.

Hantz has been recognized across the state for her dedication to pro bono work, including by the Pro Bono Referral Program at the NHBA and with a HOPE Award from Granite Pathways in 2014.

Following the governor’s nomination to the Executive Council today, a confirmation vote will likely take place June 21. Read the governor’s press release.

New Oral Histories Posted

The NH Supreme Court Society recently posted video interviews with Susan Duprey and Marty Van Oot as part of its ongoing Oral History Project. The posting of these videos was timed to coincide with the celebration last week of the 100th anniversary of the first woman admitted to law practice in New Hampshire. Duprey was one of the first 100 women admitted.

Interviews with NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis, Judge Joseph DiClerico, former Attorney General Phillip McLaughlin, and Susan Leahy are available in the Oral History Archive. Each interview is about an hour long.

Ricker Award Nominations – 6/9

The NH Women’s Bar Association is accepting nominations for the 2017 Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award, which honors outstanding female lawyers in NH who have achieved professional excellence, paved the way to success for other female lawyers, advanced opportunities for women in the profession, or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women. 

The award is named after Marilla M. Ricker, who was the first woman to apply for admission to the New Hampshire Bar.

Nominate someone by June 9. Questions? Contact Gretchen Pyles.

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