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June 10, 2015

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A donation to the NHBA Pro Bono Referral Program helps low-income residents of New Hampshire get the legal help they need and supports bar members receiving valuable legal experience through volunteerism. It just makes sense. Check the box on the NHBA dues bill to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Pro Bono program, and support your community and your profession.

Concord Circuit Court Judge Gerard J. Boyle is retiring from public service and a celebration is planned for 3 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Concord Circuit Court, 32 Clinton St. All are invited.

Please RSVP to Terry McCafferty.

Watch Some Guy from New Jersey
Spend two minutes with Stuart Teicher, the Jersey-accented CLE Performer, who returns to perform - er -- present two NHBA CLE programs at the Annual Meeting in Portsmouth on Friday, June 19.

CLE tuition for all-day or for half-day programs includes the awards luncheon.  

Annual Meeting Banquet Honors Broderick

Limited seating is still available for the Annual Meeting Banquet, which will include a special President's award for former Chief Justice John Broderick. The Honors & Awards luncheon is included with the Annual Meeting CLEs or purchase a separate ticket.  Find out all about the Annual Meeting.

Find out which judge will hear your case in Superior Court. This chart shows judicial assignments for July through September 2015.

Bar News would like to hear from Bar members working in other countries, for an upcoming feature. If you are out of country and want to tell us about what you are doing, or you know of someone we should contact, please write to Bar News at news@nhbar.org.

In about 600 words, please tell us where you are and what you are doing, as well as some details about the local culture and your daily life. Any photos you can provide would be most appreciated.

The NHMCE June 30 deadline is a few short weeks away. Check out our Upcoming Programs List and CLE Catalog for all the CLE you need and more.

Plus, the NHBA·CLE catalog is now mobile-friendly. If you're on the go, access it from your smartphone or tablet today.

GavelIn accordance with Supreme Court Rule 56 and RSA 490:32, the NH Judicial Branch Circuit Court Administrative Judge routinely conducts judicial evaluations and participation in this process. The following Judges/Masters are presently being evaluated. Click on the names to complete the surveys:

Justice Susan Carbon9th Circuit Court
Justice Julie Introcaso9th Circuit Court
Justice Michael Ryan9th Circuit Court
Justice Lucinda Sadler10th Circuit Court

Responses will be shared with the judge/master being evaluated, but are treated as confidential and respondents remain anonymous.

To request a paper copy of a survey, please email the Circuit Court Administrative Office or call 271-6418 and one will be mailed to you. Hard copy surveys should not be signed. All evaluations must be completed online or returned by July 10.

Pro Bono Golf

Unable to attend the 22nd Annual Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 13, at Lake Sunapee Country Club? Be a sponsor instead! Select from several levels of sponsorships to show your support for this vital program.

Want to play? Foursomes, duos or single players welcomed. Special rate for new lawyers (in practice 3 years or less).

Have you visited a classroom this year? Have you visited a classroom in celebration of Law Day? The NH Bar Association's Law Related Education Coordinator would like to record your visit. To do so, we need to know the name of the teacher and the number of students you visited.

Please help us update our records by reporting your visit to a classroom: Report your school visit or contact LRE Coordinator Robin E. Knippers.

ART is different than the previous MCLE system. The old system is decommissioned, unresponsive to old logins and passwords and produces popup error messages.

The new "Attorney Reporting Tool" or ART is accessed from a link on the NHMCLE web page, the central hub for ART info, including Rule 53, ART video guides, browser tips and key activation information.

First-time ART users need to activate their ART accounts using the Sign Up! button. Once signed up, users can enter courses and review their 2015 "My Record" page to meet the June 30 deadline.

Seeking Kirby Award Nominations
The Robert E. Kirby Award is given annually to a practitioner age 35 or younger who demonstrates excellent advocacy and civility.

The Frank Rowe Kenison Award is presented annually to a person or group making a substantial contribution to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession or the advancement of legal thought.

Both awards will be presented at the NH Bar Foundation Annual Event on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Grappone Center in Concord.

Send nominations to Lisha Brosseau by July 1. For background on these awards, please visit the Kenison award page or Kirby award page.

Law Cuts off Court Funding if Courts Strike Down Law
The Kansas governor has signed a law that provides funding for state courts for the next two years, but a nonseverability clause takes away the money if the courts stay or strike down the 2014 law. Read more.

Your Statement for Legal Services is Enclosed
Statements for legal services are a critical part of law office operations, yet often insufficient attention is given to the appearance and formatting of legal billing. 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.

Mesmer & Deleault, PLLC
Business, Patent, Trademark, Estate Planning, and Litigation Attorneys, 668-1971. www.biz-patlaw.com.

McLane Law Firm
The McLane Law Firm combines legal excellence with creative thinking and superior client service to construct innovative and winning legal strategies. email address: LAW@mclane.com, phone: (603) 625-6464.

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