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July 22, 2015

In this Issue

Pro Bono Referral Program seeks attorneys to help with these cases:

Nashua vet with a student loan issue. Since early 2014, Social Security has been withholding part of a Nashua veteran's Social Security disability benefit to offset a student loan for a family member. The veteran knew nothing about the loan and, upon reviewing the documents, saw that the signature was clearly not in his handwriting. If you can help restore this veteran's much-needed monthly income to the proper level, please contact Janice.

Sullivan County senior needs help with IRS. An elderly, disabled woman owes the IRS about $15,000 and would like to submit an offer in compromise. The liability is uncontested but she has no ability to pay. The debt is harmful to her peace of mind and may interfere with needed social services. For more information, please contact Barbara Heggie.

Did you know? The NHBA Dispute Resolution Committee attempts to resolve disputes between New Hampshire attorneys and their clients at no charge. The committee also has worked with attorneys who have disputes with other attorneys.

To access this service, call Robin E. Knippers at the NH Bar Center at (603) 715-3259. All callers receive immediate information about resolving the issue. The Dispute Resolution Committee enjoys a high rate of success resolving problems through mediation.

Form a team and sign up for the 22nd annual Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Lake Sunapee Country Club. Great golf for a great cause!

Register now. Space is limited. All skill levels are welcome. Don't miss the terrific prizes, giveaways and camaraderie of this popular event.

New attorneys (up to 5 years), register by July 25 and pay $117 (22 percent discount) to play one of the best courses in the state.

Two new programs have just been added to the NHBA·CLE Online Catalog.

The "Debrief on the Supreme Court Marriage Decision" webinar from July 8 is available as a "CLEtoGo" (downloadable audio and materials) for non-live credit. This program is from the State Bar of California.

On Aug. 25, join the Bar Association of San Francisco for its live webcast "Lie-Spotting: Understanding Human Behavioral Characteristics." This program runs from 3-4:15 p.m. Eastern. You earn live credit for watching.

Because NHBA·CLE partners with these associations, credit information for the programs will be entered for you into the NHMCLE ART System.

If you are taking advantage of some slow time to earn NHMCLE credits, good for you! Here's some tips on navigating on ART (Attorney Reporting Tool).

The My Record page has three sections:

Top section: Shows the beginning balance for the reporting period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. (Negative numbers represent shortage in credit minutes for the reporting period July 1, 2014 to June 30,2015 and positive numbers are carryover minutes.)
Middle section: Lists any courses taken so far in the reporting period starting July 1, 2015.
Bottom section: Accrued totals for the reporting year July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, adding the top section to any credit minutes in the middle section to show total minutes for the current reporting year.

More than 2,500 members have filed the 2015 Affidavit of Compliance at www.nhmcle.org - Just 2,500 more to go!

The NH Judicial Branch released the 2015 judicial evaluation report in late June.

Member ID cards will be issued to all active status attorneys later this year. To update or add a photo for your card and for inclusion in the online Member Directory, please send a high resolution passport-style photo (or one that can be cropped to a head-and-shoulders) to an nhbainfo@nhbar.org by Aug. 21.

If you already have a photo on file with the bar, please login to nhbar.org and check your listing in the member directory, to verify that your photo is up to date.

Member photos are also provided to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for use in its expedited access program for attorneys at the superior court sites in Nashua and Manchester. Learn more about NHBA member ID cards.

Please contact Rosemarie Atwood with questions about ID cards and Karrie Fesette with questions about photos.

The NH Judicial Branch will no longer assess a 3 percent convenience or service fee on electronic payments made when attorneys and litigants e-file cases through the NH e-Court Project, effective July 1, 2015. This Bar News article has more details.

If you have been practicing law for at least five years, are in good standing and have a clean disciplinary record, the NHBA New Lawyers' Committee could use your help. Please consider becoming a mentor.

Some possible mentoring activities: Invite a new attorney to sit in on preliminary meetings with a client, discuss the strategy of a matter, attend substantive hearings, or have lunch with other attorneys.

Download the application to become a mentor today. For more information, contact Rosemarie Atwood at 603-715-3214.

May It Displease the Court: Race and Justice Sotomayor
ProPublica reports on the fascinating backstory of affirmative action case. Read more.

Prison Born
Nurseries in prison reduces recidivism. 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.

Appellate Litigation
Legal Briefs, Oral Argument, Research for Trials and Appeals, contact Joshua Gordon at 603-226-4225 or visit his website.

Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C.
Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Slips and Falls, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Termination, Sexual Harassment, Workplace Discrimination, Divorces, Family Law, Criminal Law and DUI. We can help. Call us today at 1-800-240-1988, or visit our website.

If your address or email address has recently changed, please submit a name/address change form immediately to update our member records so you will receive important correspondence from your bar association.