NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

In this Issue

  • Judicial Assignments
  • Leadership Academy: Last Call
  • Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?
  • Judicial Evaluations
  • NHMCLE Tip
  • MyCase Hosts Free Webinar
  • Paralegal Professionalism Award
  • Pro Bono Golf: New Lawyers’ Discount
  • Host Lawline Next Year
  • Free Summer Reading
  • Question of the Week
  • Suggested Reading

Superior Court Judicial Assignments

Find out which NH Superior Court judge will hear your case during the third quarter of 2016. Judicial Assignments chart.

Last Call! Apply to Leadership Academy - 7/15

The NHBA Leadership Academy offers opportunities to learn from colleagues around the state and from leaders in different fields, obtain new skills, and have fun. Scholarships are available. This year’s program offers varied locations for education modules (including a local brewery!). Applications due July 15. Apply today.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Hillsborough South - unfiled divorce. Woman in Hudson would like assistance in filing for divorce. Parties have been separated since early 2016. Three minor children, no property. Contact Janice.

Rockingham County - collections issue. Maine resident has been named in a small claims lawsuit in Portsmouth District Court and Rochester District Court with reference to the same auto accident. He was not in New Hampshire on the date mentioned and has no knowledge of the accident. Contact Janice.

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.

NHMCLE Tip: The ‘My Record’ Page

Judge Garfunkel

Summertime can be a great time to earn some NHMCLE credits and get ahead. Here are some tips on navigating your My Record page on ART (Attorney Reporting Tool).

View the new My Record page video on the NHMCLE webpage at www.nhbar.org/nhmcle. The My Record page has three sections:

Top section: Shows the beginning balance status from the prior reporting year ending June 30, 2016. (Negative numbers represent shortages in credit minutes for the reporting period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 and positive numbers are carryover minutes.)

Middle section: Lists any courses taken so far in the current reporting year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Bottom section: Accrued totals for the current reporting year (top section is added to the middle section to equal minutes accrued in each category for the current reporting year).

More than 4,000 members have filed the 2016 Affidavit of Compliance in ART at www.nhmcle.org – enjoy the remaining summer weeks!

MyCase Hosts Free Webinar – 7/27

On Wednesday, July 27, at 2 p.m., MyCase will host Stacey Burke, law firm business consultant, for a free webinar on “Running an Efficient Law Firm.”

Building an efficient law practice means digging deep and figuring out what works and what doesn't. Stacey Burke has audited law firms of varying practice areas across the country. In this webinar she will give her top tips for running an efficient law practice by using appropriate technology and other best practices.

You'll learn about:

  • Unified forms
  • Ongoing training
  • Working in the Cloud
  • New case intake
  • Business development

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

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.

Pro Bono Golf: New Lawyers’ Discount

Newer lawyers are encouraged to join the fun and challenge the “regulars” at the Quid Pro Bono golf event coming up next month!

Lawyers admitted after 2011 can play for $119 at Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London.

Register online or print the player registration form. Sign up individually or as a team. For more details, visit the Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament page. Questions? Contact Margaret.

Host Lawline Next Year. Sign Up Now.

Volunteers are still needed to host Lawline in February, March and April 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.

Free Summer Reading

Patriots, Pirates, Politicians and Profit Seekers is a book about New Hampshire cases throughout American history that have gone up to the United States Supreme Court. The second edition, published last year, is updated with new cases and comments. Download it to your e-reader and check it out on the beach this summer.

Question of the Week

What is your favorite time of day?

Early morning 4-8 a.m.
Morning 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Afternoon 1-5 p.m.
Evening 5-9 p.m.
Night 9 p.m.-4 a.m.

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Suggested Reading

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, No Fan of Donald Trump, Critiques Latest Term
The Notorious RBG Talks with Adam Liptak of The New York Times. Read more.

Final Regulations for Small Drones and Insurance Implications
The National Law Review summarizes the new rule, which is effective in late August. 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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