NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

In this Issue

  • NHBA Annual Meeting Award Nominations Sought
  • Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?
  • Bar News Seeks ADR Articles & Profile Subjects
  • Lebanon Circuit Court Marital Brown Bag
  • Paralegal Professionalism Award
  • Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament
  • 3-1-1 Update: Are You in the Green?
  • Question of the Week
  • Suggested Reading
  • Thank You to Our Sponsors

NHBA Annual Meeting Award Nominations Sought – 8/26

Do you know a judge whose level of judicial professionalism sets an example? Is there an attorney who embodies “the New Hampshire Way” of practicing law? Is there someone whose service to the legal profession needs to be recognized? 

Please consider submitting a nomination – with the nominee’s name and reasons for the nomination – for one of the following awards by Friday, Aug. 26, to Denice DeStefano.

Justice William A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism – To honor the memory of Justice William A. Grimes this award is presented to a judge who best fits the following: “The judges therefore should always be men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man or body of men.” (John Adams, 1776)

Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession Award – Presented to the nominee who best exhibits service to the legal profession.

E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism – To honor the memory of E. Donald Dufresne this award is presented to an attorney the best fits the following: “A professional lawyer is an expert in law, pursuing a learned art in service to clients and in the spirit of public service; and engaging in these pursuits as part of a common calling, to promote justice and public good.”

Please see this page for award descriptions and past winners.

The 2016 NHBA Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Hillsborough South unfiled divorce. Nashua mother of 3-year-old child looking for assistance in filing for divorce. Parties have been separated for one year. Spouse lives out-of-state, but pays money into a custodial account to help pay for child's needs. Please contact Margaret.

Cheshire County negotiation needed to keep home. The client’s mobile home was tax-deeded by town and she has now received an eviction notice. The town agrees to review any feasible plan that will allow her to satisfy arrearages and recover title to her home. Client would like assistance in negotiating with the town. Please contact Carolann.

Bar News Seeks ADR Articles & Profile Subjects

The October issue of Bar News will include a special section on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Do you have an idea for an article related to ADR practices, procedures, skills or settlements that you would like to write? Is there a topic you would like to see covered in the section? Contact Kristen Senz with your ideas and suggestions.

Practitioner Profiles. Bar News is looking for attorneys with unusual pursuits or interests outside of the law. Do you know someone with a story other attorneys would like to read? Please email Kristen.

Lebanon Circuit Court Marital Brown Bag – 8/4

All family law attorneys who regularly practice in the Lebanon Circuit Court – Family Division (marital cases only) are invited to a brown bag lunch discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Lebanon courthouse. The discussion will focus on divorce and parenting cases generally. No RSVP necessary.

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.

Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament – Register Now

When: Thursday, Aug. 11
Where: Lake Sunapee Country Club, New London, NH
Why: Support Pro Bono while enjoying great golf in a beautiful setting.

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.

3-1-1 Update: Are You in the Green?

Only a small percentage of Bar members have outstanding license renewal obligations following the Aug. 1 deadline.

If you have not checked lately, go to the MyNHBAR dashboard at www.nhbar.org and log in. Green or red status bars will indicate whether a member is in compliance with NHMCLE, Trust Accounting Compliance, and payment of NHBA dues/Court fees. If you still see red, act now.

Late fees of $50 per delinquency have already been assessed for members who were not in compliance as of Aug. 1. Additional late fees will steeply increase for those who are not in compliance by the end of the day, Sept. 1.

The majority of those not in compliance must either report sufficient continuing legal education minutes under the NHMCLE rule, or if they have sufficient minutes, they must complete and submit the online affidavit on the ART MyRecord page.

For more information, visit www.nhbar.org.

Question of the Week

Which is your least favorite technological innovation?

Pokemon Go

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

Have you ever had an email you wrote fall into the wrong hands?

Suggested Reading

'Guilty But Mentally Ill' Doesn't Protect Against Harsh Sentences
In the second of a four-part series exploring the use of the not guilty by reason of insanity plea, NPR looks at how juries respond to insanity defenses. Read more.

What New Lawyers Need to Know, and What Can Wait
New database shows that certain character traits are more important for new lawyers to have than other practice skills. ABA Journal takes a look at the data from the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. 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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