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AT THE BAR

Share Pro Bono Moments

Judge Cassavechia

Many New Hampshire lawyers don’t want credit for the dozens of volunteer hours they put into their pro bono cases each year. But unless we share pro bono stories, many of which are life-changing for clients and uplifting for lawyers, the public won’t understand the good work New Hampshire lawyers do.

Please consider sending a brief description of a pro bono case that brightened your day (or career) to news@nhbar.org by Aug. 18. We will consider all requests for anonymity.

Committee Appointments Complete

The process of appointing volunteer members to NH Bar Association committees and related boards for the 2017-18 Bar year is now complete. View committee rosters online. The NHBA appreciates the work of these volunteers, who make it possible for the association to do its work and accomplish its goals.

NHBA members not serving on committees who wish to get more involved in association work have many options, which include writing for Bar News, involvement in Law Related Education programs, running for election for section officer positions, and joining a Pro Bono panel. For more information about becoming more active in the association, please visit www.nhbar.org.

NHMCLE Tip: Course Year Is Attendance Year

NHMCLE

Attorneys who take courses after July 1, 2017, to complete prior year requirements must record the courses in the Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) for the 2017-2018 reporting year. The time that is entered into Section B will first be applied to the shortages shown in Section A. Once the shortages have been satisfied (when the totals in Section C for the 2017-18 reporting year no longer show negative numbers), the minimum requirement has been met. After shortages are resolved, any courses entered will be counted for the 2017-2018 year.

Be sure to e-file the Affidavit of Compliance in ART after credit requirements have been met. The affidavit is as much a part of compliance as taking and entering courses.

More information and video tutorials available at www.nhbar.org/nhmcle.

NH Legal Community Helps Its Own

SOLACE is a network where NH Bar Association members can request support for and from colleagues during emergencies and other difficult circumstances.

If you learn of a lawyer, judge, courthouse or law firm employee or family member who has suffered a loss, illness or injury and has an unmet need, the NHBA will distribute an email request for help to all participating lawyers. Examples include a need for clothes due to a fire, a need for blood due to an injury or illness, or a need for transportation or lodging during a hospital stay in a city away from home.

More information about qualifying requests is available online.

“The Cyborgs Are Coming!” CLE – 9/8

NHMCLE

Stuart Teicher, "the CLE Performer," understands the cutting-edge technological concerns that are shifting the practice of law and causing ethical headaches for sophisticated lawyers. Join Stuart as he navigates the latest, and sometimes not-so-greatest, issues in technology and attorney ethics.

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
Friday
Sept. 8
9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
180 NHMCLE Ethics/Prof. Minutes

Attend in Person or via Live Webcast.

Bar News Seeks ADR Articles

Alternative Dispute Resolution

What trends and techniques are mediators using and discussing in New Hampshire and beyond? What tactics and tricks should lawyers know? If you have an idea for an article related to Alternative Dispute Resolution, please contact Bar News Editor Kristen Senz.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients in Manchester?

  • Client with literacy and language barriers needs help in a parenting review case scheduled for late August.
  • Client fled to US to escape gang-related violence and persecution in her native country in South America. She needs advice and assistance on obtaining political asylum.
  • Client needs immigration law assistance – two of her four children are US citizens; husband in US on a work permit.

If you can help, please contact Carolann. The Pro Bono Referral Program can provide interpreters for any of its cases.

FROM THE COURT

Felonies First Rules Amended

Hillsborough County will make the shift to Felonies First – the 2016 legislation that moved first jurisdiction over felony charges from the district division of the Circuit Court to the Superior Court – starting Sept. 1. The NH Supreme Court on Aug. 2 issued an order amending the Felonies First rules of criminal procedure to include Hillsborough County.

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 email the Superior Court Center or call (603) 271-2030. Names should not be included on completed forms. The court appreciates all participation in the evaluation process.

OTHER NEWS & EVENTS

Judge Rendell’s 14th Amendment Speech – 8/4

Bar News live-streamed the keynote address by federal Judge Marjorie Rendell of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals during a civics workshop for teachers at the federal courthouse in Concord on Friday, Aug. 4. To watch her powerful speech on the 14th Amendment, please visit the NHBA Facebook page.

Bar Foundation Annual Dinner – 9/12

NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner

Tickets are now available for the 2017 New Hampshire Bar Foundation Annual Dinner.

Join us at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Manchester Country Club, to honor John B. Garvey as the 2017 Frank Rowe Kenison Award recipient and Rory J. Parnell as the 2017 Robert E. Kirby Award recipient.

Proceeds from this event support the charitable missions of the NH Bar Foundation to improve access to justice and advance public understanding of the rule of law.

For information on ticket sales or sponsor opportunities, contact Lisha Brosseau, (603) 715-3210.

Suggested Reading

How to Get Those Slow-Pay and No-Pay Clients to Pony Up
Tips for solos and small firms at ABAJournal.com.

Top Ten Cyber Security Threats for Law Firms
…and what you can do about them. Read more at LogicForce.com. Look for more on this topic in the Sept. 20 issue of New Hampshire Bar News.

New E-filing system at SCOTUS
The US Supreme Court’s new electronic filing system will make “virtually all new filings” available to the public at no cost. Read the press release.

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

Kathleen McGuire
Arbitration/Mediation, fair, prompt, and experienced dispute resolution, (603) 496-9621 or www.mcguirearbitration.com.

The Stanhope Group
Appraisers and Consultants, Over 40 years of litigation support providing real estate appraisal services to members of the Bar throughout New England. Peter E. Stanhope - 1-800-255-1452.

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