NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

In this Issue

IOLTA Grants Committee Election – 8/8

Lawyers with IOLTA accounts have been sent online ballots to fill an open seat on the NH Bar Foundation’s IOLTA Grants Committee. Voting takes place from Aug. 8 through Aug. 15.

Our candidates are Steven E. Borofsky and Kathleen A. Sternenberg. Statements and biographies on the candidates also will be accessible from the ballot.

Only NH attorneys who participate in the NH IOLTA program individually or through their firm are eligible to vote. If you have not received log-in information from ElectionsOnline.com to cast your vote, please contact the NH Bar Foundation at Info@NHBarFoundation.org or 603-715-3210.

SAVE THE DATE – NHBA Annual Meeting – 10/28

The NHBA Annual Meeting is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28, at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth. Two CLE programs will provide 5 hours of NHMCLE credit – in the morning, national speakers on the cutting edge of lawyering in the 21st century will discuss innovations in law, and an afternoon program focuses on attorney wellness. Mark your calendars for an engaging day of learning and networking with fellow New Hampshire attorneys, and look for more information in the next issue of Bar News.

Reserve a room at the Sheraton Harborside for Annual Meeting and spend a little extra time in Portsmouth this fall. Get the special NHBA group rate of $199 between now and Monday, Sept. 26. Learn more and book a room.

Oct. 28

Got a Dilemma? Ask the Ethics Advisory Service

The Ethics Committee encourages Bar members to submit questions concerning the Ethics Rules. Bar members seeking a written opinion may direct their inquiries, in the form of a written hypothetical, to Robin E. Knippers, NHBA Staff Liaison to the Ethics Committee.

Interpretation of the Ethics Rules comes in a variety of formats. The Ethics Committee Formal Opinions and Practical Ethics articles are available on the Bar’s website. The Ethics Committee Chair may also issue Tentative Advisory Opinions in cases where the inquirer chooses not to wait for a formal response from the Ethics Committee.

Inquirers should note that, while exceptions may be made in appropriate circumstances, the Ethics Committee will not generally render opinions pertaining to past conduct, or conduct which is an issue of pending litigation or disciplinary action. The identity of inquirers is kept confidential.

Annual Licensure: Are You in the 8%?

Members who have not filed their online trust account certification, NHMCLE affidavit or have unpaid NHBA dues and Court fee invoices will face steep fines if they have not completed required license renewal steps after Sept. 1. The names of attorneys who have not completed all of the steps will be sent to the Court for possible action at that time.

To avoid adverse consequences, including license suspension, members with delinquent obligations are urged to login to the MyNHBAR dashboard and complete the necessary steps.

Visit the 3-1-1 area at www.nhbar.org for guidance and tutorials. For specific questions, contact the Bar Center by email, phone or visit in person between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Members with specific inquiries concerning NHMCLE compliance can email them to nhmcle@nhbar.org. Note: Login for the NHMCLE ART website requires a separate username and password set when the account was created.

Itching to Play Some Golf? 8/11

Last-minute registration for the annual Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament on Thursday, Aug. 11, is still available. Call Margaret at (603) 715-3234 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The NHBA’s Pro Bono Referral Program would like to thank Grappone Automotive Group for once again providing a vehicle for the Hole-in-One prize and Mainstay Technologies for sponsoring the Hole-in-One Contest.

SOLACE Network Available to Help


SOLACE stands for Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Concern Encouraged. Whenever you learn of a lawyer, judge, or employee at a courthouse or law firm who has suffered a loss, illness or injury, and has an unmet need, either themselves or in their families, the NHBA SOLACE network will distribute an email request to participating lawyers in the NHBA.

Past requests include a need for clothes due to a fire, a need for blood due to an injury or illness, a need for transportation or lodging during a hospital stay in a city away from home.

Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and should be intended to serve immediate needs that have arisen as a result of a crisis event in a colleague’s life. For more information or to make a request, please visit the SOLACE page on the NHBA website.

Question of the Week

If you could have an expert help you with just one of these things, which would you choose?

Business development
Time management
Financial management
Trial skills/jury selection

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

Which is your least favorite technological innovation?

Suggested Reading

Sexual Harassment Ban is on the ABA’s Docket
The New York Times reports that the National Association of Women Lawyers is backing an effort to add to the ABA’s model rules of professional conduct an amendment to prohibit harassment and discrimination by lawyers in the course of practicing law. Read more.

Opinion: What is legal interpretation anyway?
A lot of writing about legal interpretation seems to assume that interpretation is simply a matter of language. A law professor argues in The Washington Post that’s not an accurate account. Read more in the Volokh Conspiracy blog.

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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