NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Email Scam Alert

Lawyers in other states are receiving potentially dangerous emails purporting to be from their state bar associations. These emails, with subject lines that read “complaint,” provide a link to details of a disciplinary complaint against a lawyer or firm. These links may be dangerous and may infect your computer with malicious software.

Delete this email immediately. Do NOT click on a link in a suspicious email.

The NH Bar Association does not handle disciplinary matters, but due to the widespread nature of this “phishing” attempt, we urge members to use caution.

Note: The NH Bar Association is using email to communicate with members regarding mandatory NHBA dues and NH Supreme Court fees, and other license renewal issues. Official email is being sent from billing@nhbar.org.

Check MyNHBAR Now

Members who have not used the member section of the website are encouraged to log-in to the site now.

The new 3-1-1 Attorney License Renewal process requires creation of a more secure website login. Once you login with your old credentials, your username will be changed to your bar member ID number and you will be prompted to create a new password. If you don't know your log-in, please email login@nhbar.org.

The new system requires an email address for account creation. If you do not currently have one on file, you will be asked to provide one.

Several members have reported difficulty in changing passwords when using web browsers Safari and Internet Explorer 9. Please try using Firefox or Chrome instead.

Please note: Login information for the NHBAR.org member pages is not the same as for the NHMCLE ART system. If you've forgotten your ART login information, please use the username/password reset functions at www.nhmcle.org/loginCLE.

Fed Court Seeks Comments on Law Student Rule – 7/7

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire has amended LR 83.2(c) regarding appearances in that court by law students and graduates. View information about the amendment.

All comments related to this amendment may be made before July 7, 2016, and emailed to Deputy Chief Clerk Pamela E. Phelan.

Please note: The federal court’s website will be unavailable from 8-10 p.m. on Friday, June 10. Parties may directly access the court's electronic case filing system during this time using this link.

DOVE CLE on Supervised Visitation Orders – 6/14

Who should attend: Family law and other practitioners representing litigants involved in parenting rights issues; including mediators, guardians ad litem, and circuit court judges hearing family cases with issues involving parenting awards.

Expert faculty will explore the interface between crisis service advocacy and visitation center services for families coping with the effects of domestic abuse. The program features a panel discussion by experienced family court judges about information considered when crafting safe visitation orders. Family law practitioners and others will gain perspective on developing practical, mindful proposals for supervised visitation services and/or exchanges when domestic violence impacts the safety of family members. Register now.

9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, at the NH Bar Center in Concord.

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

NHMCLE Tip: ART Requires Entries in Minutes

Judge Garfunkel

Members are required to report NHMCLE credits in the Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) in minutes instead of hours or fractions of hours. The reason: Attendance certificates from course providers in various states list 'credits 'or 'hours' but in some states, 1 hour may represent 50 or 55 minutes of actual instructional time. For ART entries, please enter only minutes of actual instruction time; minimum entry is 30 minutes.

The attendance certificate should state whether the course offered ethics/professionalism and/or general (non-ethics) as subject matter and the time, in minutes, for each. Enter only your actual attendance time in minutes: omit breaks, introductions and lunch.

NH Bar Business Meeting – 6/16

The NH Bar Association will hold its 2016 Annual Business Meeting at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 16 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel. The agenda includes a proposed amendment to the NH Bar Association Bylaws to delete two standing committees, the Bar Journal Advisory Committee and Bar News Advisory Committee, which have been replaced by the Communications Advisory Council. Meeting notice.

The NHBA Board of Governors also will hold a regular meeting on that date and time.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Name change. A Manchester attorney is needed to help a client, a legal permanent resident, with a name change. Contact Margaret.

Eviction Defense. Client needs immediate help defending against eviction and/or negotiating for more time to find a new place to live. Notice expires June 14, 2016. Case is in Plymouth District court. Contact Carolann.

Bar News Seeks Articles on Workers Comp & Personal Injury – 7/11

The August issue of Bar News will feature a special section on workers’ compensation and personal injury law. Articles that discuss developments in the law, case law and intersections of these topics with other areas of law are encouraged. Please submit article proposals to Editor Kristen Senz by July 11. Drafts should be 800-1,000 words and will be due July 25.

Not your practice area? Check out the editorial calendar to see when your area will be featured.

Bar News accepts letters, commentaries, book reviews and article inquiries throughout the year. Please get in touch to learn how you can be published in Bar News.

Leadership Academy Applications – 7/15

Jumpstart your career by applying for the NH Bar Association Leadership Academy, or encourage a colleague to participate.

Leadership Academy will be selecting a new class of participants this fall. Applications are due July 15. Cost is $750. Scholarships will be available to help defray the program cost where there is a need. Find out more on the Leadership Academy page at www.nhbar.org.

Question of the Week

Do you think it’s a good idea for judges to be cross-trained in different areas, or is it better for them to specialize?

Cross training is a good idea
All judges should specialize
Judges in some areas should specialize

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Suggested Reading

Business Court ‘Overrules the Market’ in Private Buyout of Public Company
The New York Times reports on a decision by Delaware court upending ‘fair value’ of business deal attracts attention. Read more.

In Praise of Dissent
US Supreme Court observers note less interest in dissenting opinions by justices; author notes the impact of significant dissents. Read more in The Atlantic.

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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