NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

In this Issue

  • Beware of Jury Scam
  • Completed Attorney License Renewal?
  • Host Lawline Next Year
  • Circuit Court Judicial Evaluations
  • Paralegal Professionalism Award
  • Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?
  • NHMCLE Affidavit of Compliance is available
  • Question of the Week
  • Suggested Reading
  • Thanks to Our Sponsors

Beware of Jury Scam in NH

The federal court in Concord recently posted information about a jury scam occurring in New Hampshire. The scammer is phoning potential victims, telling them that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for failing to report for jury duty and directing them to report to an address in Manchester to pay a fine. This is not how the federal court communicates with jurors. Anyone who receives such a call, should report it to the US Marshal's Office for the District of New Hampshire at (603) 225-1632.

Read more about such scams and how to respond to them.

Completed Attorney License Renewal?

More than 35 percent of all NH Bar members have completed all three steps of the attorney licensure process before the end of June. Kudos!

Those who have not completed the process received an email this week from billing@nhbar.org and can follow the instructions in that message, starting with logging in to the MyNHBAR personalized area of www.nhbar.org.

July 1 is deadline for completing the license renewal process.

Assistance with logging in is available on the site when you enter your user name. Personal assistance by phone (603-715-3279) or email at login@nhbar.org or in person at the Bar Center is available during business hours.

Host Lawline Next Year. Sign Up Now.

Volunteers are needed to host Lawline in 2017. Would you be willing to gather 3-4 attorneys at your firm or office, or join with colleagues who work in other offices, to answer legal questions and eat pizza together on a Wednesday night?

Lawline is a public service offered by the NH Bar Association from 6-8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month. Phone calls are of a general nature and typically last about 10 minutes. You could provide information that changes a life – without committing to full representation.

Volunteers can gather at a law office, the Bar Center, or answer calls remotely from home. For more information, please contact Jacqueline Geddes.

NH Circuit Court Judicial Evaluations – 7/15

The NH Circuit Court routinely conducts judicial evaluations and invites attorneys and members of the public to participate in this process. The following judges/masters are presently 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 person you would like to evaluate. Responses will be shared with the judicial officials being evaluated, but are treated as confidential; the identity of the respondent is not revealed.

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

All evaluations must be completed by July 15, 2016.

NHBA Paralegal Professionalism Award – 8/15

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 by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Or mail to NHBA Paralegal Award, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301-3502.

The Paralegal Award will be presented during the luncheon at the Paralegal Association’s Annual Meeting in September 2016.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Record Annulment. Client seeking to improve job prospects would like to annul criminal record. Charges in Newport, Claremont and Sullivan Superior Court. Pro Bono can pay any court and/or agency fees not waived thanks to a grant from the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, beneficiary of the Charles W. Dean Trust Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Contact Margaret.

Simple will in Nashua area. Single mother of one child would like to have a will and other basic estate planning documents drawn up. Please call Janice.

Other clients need help with tort defense (uninsured auto accidents), legal name change, landlord/tenant matters, divorce, and parenting rights & responsibilities. To learn what cases are available in your area, please contact Margaret.

NHMCLE Tip: Affidavit of Compliance is ready for you!

Members who have met or exceeded the NH Supreme Court Rule 53 credit requirements on the ART My Record page should file and submit the ART Affidavit of Compliance to complete NHMCLE obligations for the reporting year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

To file the Affidavit of Compliance, go to www.nhmcle.org and log into your ART Account.

  1. Locate the ‘AFFIDAVIT" tab on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
  2. The Affidavit page will appear. Review the statement and check the box at the bottom to attest to your 2015-2016 NHMCLE record.
  3. Click on the ‘submit’ button to complete the 2015-2016 Affidavit.
  4. Print the Affidavit (and the 2015-2016 My Record page). Retain in your office records in the event of an audit.

Please allow 48 hours for the compliance message on the MyNHBAR dashboard to change from red to green after the filing of the Affidavit.

Still short on credits? Attend and enter non-NHBA qualified courses into your ART account. If you are unsure how to use ART, visit the NHMCLE information page at www.nhbar.org/nhmcle to view video tutorials or review frequently asked questions. NOTE: Programs offered by the NH Bar Association for NHMCLE credit will be entered directly into the NHMCLE Attorney Reporting Tool within 30 days or less of the course date.

Question of the Week

Do you think experience as a litigator makes a lawyer more or less suited to be a mediator?

More        Less        Doesn’t matter

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

What is the biggest problem in the NH court system?

Suggested Reading

Most Expensive Bankruptcy Case in NH
NH Business Review reports $50 million+ in fees allocated in bankruptcy case involving failed Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies. Read more.

The Man Who Argued Health Care for Obama Looks Back as he Steps Down
Solicitor General Donald Verrilli sits down with NPR’s Nina Totenberg to reflect on five years as the government’s chief advocate. Read more/ listen.

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!

Brayman, Houle, Keating & Albright
Providing innovative litigation support services in business valuation, financial analyses and forensic accounting to attorneys and clients alike throughout the New England. www.bhka.com.

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 www.NHMediators.org.

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