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Harris Takes NHBA Helm

The passing of the gavel to new NHBA President Scott Harris.
Past President Mary Tenn presented Harris with the ceremonial gavel.

Scott Harris, a shareholder and director of the litigation department at McLane Middleton in Manchester, officially took office as NHBA President last weekend at the association’s 2017 Annual Meeting at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield, NH. Harris, who has served in the President role for much of his year as President-elect, helped spur renewed interest in a resort-based membership meeting and has been instrumental in bringing national thought-leaders in law and technology to NHBA membership meeting CLEs over the past two years.

More photos from Annual Meeting and the First Annual Race for Justice.

NHBA Seeks Nominations for Paralegal Award – 8/7

Recognize your paralegal! The NH Bar Association’s annual Paralegal Professionalism Award is presented to the nominee who best exhibits a high degree of professionalism: possesses an outstanding level of knowledge; 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 submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7 to: NHBA Paralegal Award, c/o Allison, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301-3502.

The award will be presented at the Paralegal Association’s Annual Meeting in September. Contact Allison for more information.

Can You Help these Pro Bono Clients

HillsNorth Eviction. Manchester family of six needs help negotiating with landlord for more time and return of security deposit. Please contact Carolann.

Homeowners in need of Chapter 7 filing

• Client on a fixed income being sued by creditors.
• Elderly widow struggling with credit card debt, home equity loans, real estate taxes and more, needs help to transition to affordable housing.
• Senior citizen with high credit card debt, is current on mortgage.

Please contact Carolann.

Good Luck Objects and Rituals

Do you have a lucky pair of socks? How about a restaurant you always visit or a meal you always eat before a big meeting or hearing? Bar News would like to hear from readers about their keepsakes and good-luck rituals, either current or from the past, for a potential feature.

Please email us with a description (and photo if possible) of your lucky object or place, along with your thoughts about why it is or was helpful to you in securing positive outcomes.

Please send submissions by Friday, July 14. NHBA board member Cathy Shanelaris inspired us to delve into this topic with this great column last year.


Take the Survey on Remote Access


This survey is designed to assess attorneys’ needs and preferences related to accessing court documents online. The NH Judicial Branch has also created this survey for self-represented parties. The results of the surveys will help guide the NH e-Court Project’s development of remote access to electronically filed cases, which could become available as early as this fall.

Bookmark the Electronic Services page on the NH Judicial Branch website and watch this space and the “Court News” section of the monthly Bar News for regular updates on the NH e-Court Project.


Hantz Confirmed to NH Supreme Court

Bobbie Hantz

Congratulations to Anna Barbara “Bobbie” Hantz Marconi, who was unanimously confirmed as associate justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Hantz will assume her first judicial post in July, following the retirement of Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy.

Bar News in July will feature a conversation with the outgoing Supreme Court justice.

Suggested Reading

At NH Parole Board, Tough Talk Often Veers To The Profane
Unlike most legal proceedings, parole hearings can be surprisingly unrefined affairs. Read more or listen at

Same-Sex Parents Still Face Legal Complications
While questions of marriage are largely settled, same-sex couples who choose to have children still face a patchwork of laws around the country that define who is and who can be a parent. Read more at

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.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
The premier association of experienced and widely-acceptable mediators and arbitrators in the US, and is partnered with the national plaintiff (AAJ) and defense (DRI) bar associations. Our NH Chapter members publish bios and calendars at

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