NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

E-Filing Tutorials at Bar Center

In partnership with the NH Bar Association, the NH Judicial Branch is offering “drop in” tutorial sessions at the Bar Center for any lawyers or support staff who will soon start e-filing and/or to those who would like to learn or practice tips to efficiently navigate the e-filing system. Attorneys are invited to bring their laptops and stay for a few minutes or longer. Scheduled sessions are listed below. Further dates will be added as necessary.

Wednesday, July 20 from 12 – 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 12 - 3 p.m.

Please RSVP for these sessions to Kim Brackett.

Bar Member Log-in

Do you know your www.nhbar.org member login? NH Bar members can receive personal assistance from Bar staff with logging into the association website, using the MyNHBAR dashboard and completing the new online attorney license renewal process.

NOTE: You will need to login to the NHMCLE Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) using the credentials you specified when you created your ART account. Don't remember your login? Please use the reset links on the ART login page.

Bar Center staff are available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Email login@nhbar.org or call (603) 715-3279 for assistance.

License Renewal Clinics will be held at the Bar Center on Monday, June 27, from 10 a.m. – noon, and from 2 – 4 p.m.

NHBA staff will also conduct a clinic on Thursday, June 23, at 1 p.m. in courtroom 1 at the Rochester Downtown Courthouse.

Members should bring all of their necessary information and means of payment to the clinics.

License Renewal Clinic - Rochester

Thursday
June 23
1 p.m.

License Renewal Clinics - Concord

Bar Center
Concord
Monday
June 27
10 a.m. - Noon -or-
2 - 4 p.m.

NHMCLE Tip: ART Records Online

The online Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) enables members to view their credit status at any time, day or night. Members can qualify and report courses for Rule 53 requirements and monitor credit progress toward meeting the June 30 deadline for the 2015-2016 reporting year.

Members who have met or exceeded the required credit minimums can file their ART affidavit of compliance, which became available June 1. The affidavit is found in a member’s ART account toolbar. Once the affidavit is filed, the Rule 53 NHMCLE requirements for 2015-2016 are completed.

Need ART details? Visit the NHMCLE web page.

NOTE: You will need to login to the NHMCLE Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) using the credentials you specified when you created your ART account. Don't remember your login? Please use the reset links on the ART login page.

NH Circuit Court Judicial Evaluations

The NH Circuit Court routinely conducts judicial evaluations and invites attorneys and members of the public to participate in this process. The following judges are now being evaluated:

Justice Sawako Gardner - 10th Circuit Courts

Justice Jennifer Lemire - 7th and 10th Circuit Courts

Justice Robert Stephen - 10th Circuit Courts

Current Circuit Court evaluations. Choose the judge or marital master you would like to evaluate. Responses will be shared with the judicial officials being evaluated, but are treated as confidential; respondents remain anonymous.

For print copies of evaluations, email the Circuit Court Administrative Office or call (603) 271-6418.

Evaluations must be completed online or be returned by July 15.

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 to ddestefano@nhbar.org or mailed to NHBA Paralegal Award, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301-3502 by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15.

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

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Manchester eviction threat. Single parent of young child received an eviction notice that expired June 5. No writ has yet been served. She would like to defeat the eviction or negotiate for time to find a new place. Please contact Carolann.

Criminal record annulment in Rockingham County. Client seeks to annul two charges from 2013, one of which was nolle prossed. Pro Bono can pay any un-waived court or agency fees through a grant from the NH Bar Foundation as beneficiary of the Charles W. Dean Trust Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Contact Margaret.

Pro Bono has clients waiting for help with simple wills, collections, divorce and parenting, tort defense and more. Please contact Margaret to find out what is available in your area.

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

Federal Court Impact Statements

Sentencing Letters/Criminal Cases

Beginning June 20, all sentencing letters (i.e. character letters or victim impact statements) that are not submitted to the court as an attachment to a pleading, such as letters submitted at a sentencing hearing or via the US Probation Office, will be docketed in the court's electronic case docket when received by the court and available to the public via the public terminals located in the clerk's office.

Learn more about the process and the important considerations parties should bear in mind about sentencing letters.

Question of the Week

Should there be a mandatory retirement age for lawyers?

Yes      No      Excuse me, what’s the question again?

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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?

Suggested Reading

Unsealing of Murder Victim’s Records Disputed
The Union Leader reports on the legal fight by family of murder victim Lizzi Marriot to reverse a court order unsealing details of her life. Read more.

Self-Driving Cars Will Teach Themselves to Save Lives – But Also Take Them.
Wired 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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Reis & Kirkland
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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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