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AT THE BAR

Bar News Seeks Environmental Law and Infrastructure Articles – 8/7

Judge Cassavechia

The September issue of Bar News will feature a special section on environmental and natural resources law, as well as telecommunications, utilities and energy law. If you have an idea for an informative article of 800-1,000 words related to new developments or practice tips in these areas, please contact Editor Kristen Senz by Aug. 7. Drafts of accepted articles will be due Aug. 18.

Share Your ‘Pro Bono Moment’

Pro Bono volunteers, past and present, please help the NH Bar Association raise awareness during Pro Bono Month in October by taking a few minutes to jot down your favorite “Pro Bono Moment” and send it to news@nhbar.org by Friday, Aug. 18.

Which cases and clients stand out to you? Did you learn something about the law or yourself through a Pro Bono case? Did you receive a heartfelt thank-you?

Please share quotes, comments and anecdotes about your favorite or most memorable Pro Bono cases. We want to hear from you about the rewards of doing Pro Bono work to further our efforts to “Celebrate Pro Bono” and the volunteers who provide free legal service.

Attorney License Renewal: Are You Sure You’re Done?

As of Monday, July 24, almost 70% of the 7,873 NH Bar Association members had completed all annual attorney licensure obligations. Below is a breakdown of those who have not:

Members with Outstanding Licensure Obligations
The table below lists the number of members who have not completed all licensure obligations.
NHMCLE credits and/or Affidavit 1,509
Some members need to report NHMCLE credits and/or have not submitted the online affidavit. Many just need to file the affidavit. Details on NHMCLE reporting.
NH Supreme Court fees and/or NHBA dues 1,091
Trust Account Compliance form 1,063

Late fees will be assessed at $50 for each incomplete obligation after Aug. 1. Members are encouraged to check the MyNHBar portal on the NHBA website to verify that obligations have been fulfilled, pay fees and dues, and file required forms. (Any red bars in the Compliance panel on your MyNHBar page means you are delinquent. Please note: The ART reporting tool requires a separate login.)

Schedule of NH Supreme Court delinquency fees. During September, the Supreme Court will receive a report with the name of each lawyer who has not complied with one or more of the annual licensure requirements and/or paid any outstanding fees, and will initiate proceedings to suspend such lawyers from the practice of law.

Nominate Your Paralegal – 8/7

Judge Cassavechia

Nominate your paralegal for the 2017 NHBA Paralegal Professionalism Award by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, by submitting a one-page narrative to Allison, or by mail to NHBA Paralegal Award, c/o Allison, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301-3502.

This award is presented to the nominee who best exhibits professionalism, motivation, and job-related knowledge, and who is considered a role model and promoter of paralegal work as a profession.

The award will be presented at the Paralegal Association’s Annual Meeting in September.

LAST CHANCE: Good Luck Objects and Rituals

Attorneys across New Hampshire have told Bar News about the objects and routines that bring them luck for big trials, hearings, and meetings. They’ve sent in pictures, too. We’d like to collect a few more of these submissions before we publish a story, so please send your descriptions and photos to news@nhbar.org by the end of this week. Thank you, and good luck!

Free Ethics Guidance

Judge Cassavechia

Did you know that the NH Bar Association Ethics Committee provides informal guidance on ethics issues that attorneys encounter in the course of practicing law in New Hampshire? Inquiries and requests for opinions should be directed to the committee’s staff liaison, Robin E. Knippers, (603) 715-3259.

View the library of Ethics Committee opinions and articles.

FROM THE COURT

Superior Court Judicial Evaluations – 8/31

The Chief Justice of the NH Superior Court is currently conducting judicial evaluations in accordance with Supreme Court Rule 56 and RSA 490:32 and invites you to participate in this process. The following Justices are presently being evaluated:

Justice County(ies)
Hon. David A. Anderson Rockingham
Hon. Peter H. Bornstein Grafton and Coos
Hon. Kenneth C. Brown Hillsborough County-North
Hon. N. William Delker Rockingham
Hon. Lawrence A. MacLeod Grafton
Hon. Diane M. Nicolosi Merrimack and Hillsborough County-North
Hon. Charles S. Temple Hillsborough-North and Carroll
Hon. Brian T. Tucker Sullivan, Merrimack and Strafford

Click a name to evaluate. Evaluations must be complete by Thursday, Aug. 31. Responses will be shared with the judges, but are treated as confidential; respondents remain anonymous.

For hard copy evaluations, please contact the Superior Court Center, (603) 271-2030. Names should not be included on completed forms. The court appreciates all participation in the evaluation process.

OTHER NEWS & EVENTS

Teacher Workshop – 8/4

The United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire and the National Constitution Center has invited teachers from across New Hampshire to attend a free, day-long teacher workshop at the federal courthouse from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4. The workshop, “Equal Justice Under Law: The 14th Amendment in the Classroom,” will provide teachers with new tools and resources to improve students’ constitutional literacy. Event flyer.

Member Benefit Spotlight

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Suggested Reading

Kind World
The late NH legal aid lawyer Arpy Saunders lives on through voicemails he left for his beloved daughter, Alice. Read more.

Readability Helps Everyone
You’re not dumbing it down; you’re lifting it up. What applies to advertising copy might just apply to your legal brief, too. 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.

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Stay in Touch! Update Your Contact Info

If your firm, home or email address has recently changed, please login to the member portal to update your contact information. Contact member records coordinator Susan Lakeway with any related questions.

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