NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

In this Issue

  • Deadline Nears for Leadership Academy
  • Most Members Done With License Renewal
  • NHMCLE Tip
  • IOLTA Grants Committee Nominations
  • Did You Check the Box?
  • Seeking Workers Comp & Personal Injury Articles
  • Fed Court Filings: Personal Identifiers & Sensitive Info Reminder
  • Pro Bono Cases of the Week
  • Question of the Week
  • Suggested Reading

Deadline Nears for Leadership Academy

The NHBA Leadership Academy is a chance to learn, grow, network and build your professional reputation. The application period closes July 15. Apply today. Scholarships are available.

Most Members Done With License Renewal

Thanks and congratulations to the 5,914 NH Bar Association members who have completed their attorney licensure renewal obligations by the July 1 deadline.

Members in compliance at midnight July 1 76% (5,914)
2 renewal obligations in compliance;
1 more obligation to complete
17% (1,351)
1 renewal obligation in compliance;
2 more obligations to complete
4% (277)
No renewal obligations completed 3% (219)

For those who are not quite there yet – please log in to the MyNHBAR dashboard at www.nhbar.org and complete your annual obligations. NHBA staff are available during business hours in person, by email or phone to assist members who encounter any difficulties with logging in, paying NHBA dues and NH Supreme Court fees, submitting the online Trust Account Compliance Certificate or the filing of the online NHMCLE affidavit. Consult the 3-1-1 page or visit your personalized dashboard for details.

Contact billing@nhbar.org if you have specific questions or call the NHBA member hotline at 603-715-EASY (3279).

NHMCLE Tip: Summertime and Filin' is Easy

If you have not completed your credits and/or you have not filed the compliance affidavit, we have three messages for you:

  • It's not too late: avoid August 1 late fees;
  • Time is passing;
  • The online filing process is not difficult. (More than three quarters of the NHBA members subject to the rule have already completed the process.)

Complete course requirements and submit the online affidavit by July 31, 2016 to avoid late fees and penalties. The ART My Record page will show courses attended on the date taken in the applicable reporting year. The date attended will determine whether the course shows in the July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 reporting year or the current year: July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Please note - the My Record page defaults to the current reporting year, now 2016-2017. To view and complete the 2015-2016 reporting year minutes and file the Affidavit, select 2015-2016 in the reporting year box on My Record page.

Visit www.nhmcle.org to follow through on the reporting process. The site also has a number of resources to answer commonly asked questions.

NHBF seeking IOLTA Grants Committee Nominations – 7/15

The NH Bar Foundation has one open seat (five-year term) on the IOLTA Grants Committee. Committee members meet once or twice a year to review IOLTA grant applications and make recommendations to the NHBF Board for disbursement of IOLTA funds. Nominees must be NH attorneys who participates in the IOLTA program. Deadline is July 15. 2016 Nomination Form.

For more information, contact Lisha Brosseau, program coordinator 603-715-3210

Did You Check the Box?

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The NHBA Pro Bono Referral program leverages the volunteer hours of your fellow attorneys by screening cases and insuring and supporting legal representation throughout the state for those New Hampshire residents who are most in need of legal help.

You can help Pro Bono support attorney volunteers by checking the box on your dues statement this year. Make a tax-deductible donation to Pro Bono, as it makes a final push toward meeting its $20,000 fundraising goal.

Bar News Seeks Articles on Workers Comp & Personal Injury – 7/11

Personal injury and workers’ comp attorneys – Bar News needs your expertise. Please consider contributing an article or suggesting an article topic for the August issue.

Please submit 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.

Fed Court Filings: Personal Identifiers & Sensitive Info Reminder

All federal court filings are remotely available to the public via the court’s electronic filing system absent Those filing documents must redact information required by rule to be redacted or file a motion to seal the filing or certain information contained in the filing. More information about redacting (including effective and ineffective methods) and steps that can be taken to protect other sensitive information can be found on the court's website: Redacting Personal Identifiers/Protecting Sensitive Information in Pleadings.

Pro Bono Cases of the Week

Manchester Eviction. Senior citizen and victim of domestic violence seeks help avoiding or postponing eviction. She would like to gain more time to search for a new rental unit. Please call Carolann.

Sullivan County Eviction. Family of four needs help negotiating with landlord to avoid public record of eviction and to settle other allegations. Please call Carolann.

Question of the Week

If you could choose to work in another industry besides law for one month, which would it be?

Education/Training
Arts/Writing/Media
Sports/Athletics
Science/Engineering
Health Care

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Suggested Reading

Robot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York
The Guardian reports that an artificial-intelligence lawyer has successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets across London and New York for free. Read more.

The Gavel Gap
The American Constitution Society reports on demographics of judges across the country. 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.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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