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June 17, 2015

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When you pay your Bar Association dues this month, please consider making a contribution to Pro Bono using the check-off feature.
  • Efficient, convenient and flexible - you choose the amount.
  • Pro Bono is 95 percent grant funded, but grant amounts are declining.
  • Your donation will have a far reach - Pro Bono recruits, trains and supports hundreds of New Hampshire attorneys assisting eligible low-income clients with urgent civil legal issues.
Join your colleagues who have already donated to Pro Bono through the voluntary check-off feature which allows you to choose the amount to donate.

Your tax-deductible gift will help Pro Bono see that low-income families, veterans and seniors are connected to the legal help they need.

Questions? Contact Ginny Martin.

The August issue of Bar News will feature special sections on workers compensation and personal injury law. We are looking for timely, informative articles with fresh insights and "news you can use" in these practice areas. Please email Bar News Editor Kristen Senz by July 6 with your idea. Articles should be 800-1,000 words and will be due July 22.

Solo/Small Firm Group
Writing for Web Workshop
DATE: Tuesday, June 30
TIME: Noon to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Bar Center
RSVP: Rosemarie Atwood
The NHBA Solo/Small Firm Discussion Group will meet from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, for "Copywriting 101 and the Busy Lawyer's 20-Minute Social Media Plan." Bryan Marble, Owner of AmazeLaw, will discuss the finer points of writing compelling content for your website or blog, including a few tricks for getting more readers and turning those readers into paying clients.

Also, learn how to choose the right social media channels and create a 20-minute daily social media routine.

Space is limited, so please RSVP and submit questions on these topics prior to the group meeting to Rosemarie Atwood.

A caption on the June 17 Bar News page 3 photo page incorrectly identified the positon of Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Lemire, who was appointed to the bench in 2012.

Bar News plans to feature New Hampshire's multigenerational law firms in an upcoming issue. If you are part of a law firm that has passed through at least three generations of the family, please send a short description of the firm and its history to news@nhbar.org.

Maine Law Alumni Event
DATE: Thursday, June 18
TIME: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fratello's, Manchester
RSVP: Tina Samuels
Leaders of the University of Maine School of Law plan to honor the Clancy O'Neill family and formally present a $60,000 bequest at an upcoming gathering for alumni from New Hampshire. The event is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Fratello's in Manchester.

For more information, please contact Tina Samuels, (207) 780-4342.

Effective July 1, an amendment to NH Supreme Court Rule 50 requires that, in the event of an overdraft on an IOLTA account, financial institutions must notify the NH Attorney Discipline Office, as well as the account holder. This rule change, similar to provisions in other states, is a preventive measure to protect the public.

The NH Bar Foundation has notified all financial institutions participating in IOLTA of the Rule 50 amendment.

Questions? Contact Lisha Brosseau of NH Bar Foundation, or Janet DeVito of the Attorney Discipline Office.

Pro Bono GolfRegister now for the 22nd Annual Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 13, at Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London, NH.

Limited time offer - New attorneys registering by July 1 will receive a 22 percent discount, for a total registration cost of $117.

Sign up as a team or individual. All skill levels are welcome! Can't attend? Become a sponsor.

Taught a legal education course to attorneys between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015?
  1. Assess whether the course qualifies for Rule 53 credit.
  2. Tally the actual teaching time in minutes (exclude introductions, breaks, lunch).
  3. Enter course data on ART's New Entry page: select a live course setting and check the "teaching?" box that appears. New fields appear for teaching; enter only the actual minutes of teaching time.
  4. Click the submit button; ART will calculate the teaching multiplier time - automatically!
Learn more about the new paperless, online reporting tool; visit the NHMCLE webpage.

For details of the new paperless online reporting tool, see Bar News articles from April and June, and the NHMCLE web page.

Each NH Bar Association member needs to:
  1. Activate his or her ART Account;
  2. View 2015 credit progress on the "My Record" page;
  3. Attend and Enter CLEs to reach the 2015 requirements by June 30.
  4. Prepare for the online "Affidavit of Compliance" with $10 annual fee.

Put Lawyers Where They're Needed
New York Times commentary calls attention to the fact that "too many lawyers" is not the situation for many types of clients and those living in rural areas. Read more.

Even in Colorado Medical Marijuana Can Get You Fired
For the fifth time in seven years, a state high court has ruled that employers have the right to fire employees who use medical marijuana. Read more.

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ABA Retirement Funds
The ABA Retirement Funds Program is designed to provide unique, full service 401(k) plans to the legal community. Contact us today!

NHBA Insurance Agency
You Protect Your Clients and We Protect You. Exclusively Serving Association Members. Suzanne Morand, AIA, CIC, Senior Account Executive (866) 642-2292, smorand@nhbar.org.

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