NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

In this Issue

  • Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations
  • Seeking Articles on Workers Comp & Personal Injury
  • Free Webinar on eDiscovery
  • Apply for Leadership Academy
  • NHMCLE Tip
  • More Ways to Help Pro Bono
  • Fed Court Seeks Comments on Law Student Rule
  • Question of the Week
  • Suggested Reading
  • Thank You to Our Sponsors

Bar Foundation Seeks Nominations

The NH Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for the Frank Rowe Kenison Award and the Robert E. Kirby Award through June 30. These awards will be presented at the NHBF Annual Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH. Check out this video about Bob Kirby and the Kirby award.

The NH Bar Foundation is also accepting nominations through July 15 for the IOLTA Grants Committee board seat available for a five-year term. Nominee must be a New Hampshire attorney who participates in the IOLTA program. Self-nominations are accepted. If more than one person is nominated, an online election will take place in August.

For more information, please contact Lisha Brosseau, at (603) 715-3210.

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.

MyCase: Free Webinar on eDiscovery – 6/28

On June 28, MyCase will host Kelly Twigger, a nationally renowned eDiscovery attorney for a free webinar on using eDiscovery in your practice. Learn about obligations in representing clients and how thinking a little differently about discovery can have a big boost on your practice without breaking the bank. You’ll learn about:

  • Federal and state rules on eDiscovery
  • Ethical implications
  • Developing an eDiscovery plan
  • How to talk to clients about eDiscovery

NH Bar members can receive a 10% lifetime discount on MyCase.

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.

NHMCLE Tip: ART Requires Entries in Minutes

Judge Garfunkel

Members with activated ART accounts can view their official Rule 53 NHMCLE records on ART's My Record page. A new video tutorial on the NHMCLE webpage explains the information found on a member's ART-My Record.

My Record: Section A: This is a statement of the member’s starting point for the 2015-2016 reporting year that began on July 1, 2015. The minutes shown are obtained from the prior reporting year.

My Record: Section B: Courses attended and entered (in minutes) during the current reporting year, July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, are listed in detail.

My Record: Section C: Totals, in minutes, for three key Rule 53 categories are shown. The minimum minute requirements are shown for each separate, distinct Rule 53 category. For example: the ethics minimum requirement is 120 minutes and shown as ethics (minimum 120). A member’s total ethics minutes adds Section A ethics to Section B ethics minutes. When minutes in each Section C category reach the minimum required minutes, the member can file the ART Affidavit of Compliance on the ART toolbar.

More Ways to Help Pro Bono


Pro Bono currently has a great need for volunteers to take family law cases (divorce, parenting, child support and others) in the Monadnock Region. Please call Carolann for more information about available cases.

Referral Fridays in July: Volunteers are needed to help Pro Bono refer cases on July 9, 15 and 22 at the Bar Center, from 9 a.m. to noon. Public sector attorneys and others who are prohibited from direct representation - this is a great way to help Pro Bono! For more information or to sign up, please contact Margaret.

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. Information about the amendment is available online.

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

Question of the Week

What is the biggest problem in the NH court system?

Delays for getting orders/hearings
Non-consecutive trial days
Self-represented litigants
Poor communication

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

Should there be a mandatory retirement age for lawyers?

Suggested Reading

Judicial Selection for the 21st Century
Throughout American history, the process for selecting judges has greatly varied. A report from The Brennan Center for Justice examines which selection methods best serves the needs of today. Read more.

Should You Be Allowed to Prevent Drones from Flying Over Your Property?
Two legal experts debate in the Wall Street Journal who has the right to decide when and where drones can fly. 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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