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Share Your ‘Pro Bono Moment’ – 8/18

Judge Cassavechia

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 by Friday, Aug. 18.

Please send us a few sentences describing a moment when your pro bono service was particularly gratifying or memorable. You can be anonymous. Help us celebrate the volunteer spirit of NH attorneys.

Avoid Late Fees – 9/1

Late fees increase sharply for outstanding annual attorney licensure obligations after Sept. 1.

By Supreme Court rule, additional late fees of $250 each will be levied for failure to complete the NHMCLE affidavit and trust account compliance form. In addition, those attorneys who have not paid their NH Supreme Court fees, NHBA dues, and/or assessed late fees will be charged $50.

Members are encouraged to check the MyNHBar portal to verify that all of their obligations are complete, pay fees and dues and file required forms. A red bar on your MyNHBar portal means you are delinquent.

For assistance, please contact or Also, members may call (603) 715-3279 or stop in to the Bar Association between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for assistance.

Bar News Seeks ADR Articles – 9/11

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The October issue of Bar News will feature a special section on Alternative Dispute Resolution. If you have an idea for an informative article on a topic in this area, please contact Editor Kristen Senz no later than Sept. 11. Completed drafts of selected articles will be due Sept. 25.

Trauma-Informed Practice CLE – 10/19

Join the DOVE Project for a special half-day CLE program, “Representing Trauma Victims: Cultivating a Trauma-informed Practice,” on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the NH Bar Center.

DOVE attorneys, family law practitioners, and their support staff will learn how to view clients through a trauma-informed lens, to avoid re-victimization. Faculty will provide an overview of professional responsibility when a client’s behavior is adverse to advice provided and offer insight into how trauma impacts victims on neurobiological, physical and emotional levels.

Cost is $50 for attorneys who agree to accept two DOVE/Stalking restraining order cases, or one divorce/parenting case, within the next year, or current Pro Bono and DOVE volunteers. Price includes breakfast, refreshments, and written materials. Register online.

Oct. 19
9 a.m. -
1 p.m.
165 NHMCLE General Minutes & 60 Ethics/Prof Minutes

Thank You, Golfers and Sponsors!

Judge Cassavechia

The 24th Annual Quid Pro Bono Golf Tournament, held last Thursday, Aug. 10, at Lake Sunapee Country Club, was a huge success, thanks to the 84 golfers, dozens of sponsors, and perfect weather.

The tournament trophy returns to the Manchester office of Gallagher Callahan and Gartrell with Mike Ruedig, the Hon. Steve McAuliffe, Doug Homan and Bob Williams edging out last year’s winners in a tie-breaker. Second place goes to the Shaheen Gordon team Paul Kfoury, Charles Smith, David Ordway and Peter Bishop. Kurt Olson, Bill Stowe, Michael Malaguti and Daniel Mullen came in third. The mixed-team first place went to Mitchell Jean, Hon. Mike Garner, Jerry O’Neil Jr., and Ellen Musinsky, with second place going to Vera Buck, Darius Sidebothan, David Slawsky and Keith Daniels.

The longest drive contest sponsored by Service Credit Union was won by Suzanne Brunelle for the women and Mike Ruedig for the men. The closest-to-the-pin contest sponsored by Brayman, Houle, Keating & Albright was won by Kathleen McGuire for the women and Petar Leonard for the men. Toshiba Business Solutions sponsored an additional closest-to-the-pin contest with Red Sox tickets going to Jonathan Flagg.

Mainstay Technologies sponsored the hole-in-one contest, but the Miata convertible provided by Grappone Automotive Group went unclaimed. The putting contest sponsored by New England Employment Benefits Company was won by Paul Kfoury for the men and Cathy McKay for the women.

Please see the September Bar News for a full list of sponsors.

NHBA Budget Info Session – 8/24

The annual NH Bar Association Budget Information Session is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 at the NH Bar Center in Concord.

Look for the FY18 NHBA budget and related information in the Aug. 16 issue of Bar News.

Bring your questions and join the discussion about this fiscal year’s association budget. Any questions or comments, in advance, may be emailed to Paula Lewis, NHBA Director of Business Operations.

Aug. 24
2 - 3 p.m.

Rochester Brown Bag – 9/12

Brown Bag Lunch

A brown bag lunch discussion for juvenile (delinquency) practitioners is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Rochester Courthouse.

The following people will attend: Judge Susan Ashley, Judge Barbara Maloney, Court Clerk Cheryll Andrews, Deputy Clerk Maryann Palmer, DJJS Field Administrator Dan French, and JPPO Supervisor Richard Long.

This presentation is open to all stakeholders in this area of law to include public defenders, prosecutors/public defenders, school district representatives, juvenile probation and parole officers.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Cheryll Andrews or Maryann Palmer by Sept. 11, 2017.

Sept. 12
Noon - 1 p.m.

Honor a Paralegal – 8/31

Judge Cassavechia

The Paralegal Association of New Hampshire (PANH) is accepting nominations for its Paralegal of the Year Award. The nominee should be a member of PANH who promotes the paralegal profession through leadership, education and networking, and who carries a high level of professionalism and exceeds expectations.

Please mail a one-page nomination to PANH Annual Meeting, PO Box 728, Manchester, NH 03105-0728 or email your nomination to by Aug. 31. The winner of the Paralegal of the Year Award will be announced at the PANH Annual Meeting on Sept. 15. Visit the PANH website for more information about membership.

Report on Lawyer Well-Being Released

The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being this week released a comprehensive report, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change,” aimed at addressing the problem of substance use and mental health disorders among lawyers.

The report includes several dozen recommendations and represents the most ambitious roadmap yet related to the well-being of lawyers. It is intended to spark a broader conversation in the legal profession and guide policy changes, with the ultimate goal of a cultural shift within the profession.

This report’s recommendations focus on five central themes:

  • Identifying stakeholders and the role each can play in reducing the level of toxicity in the legal profession.
  • Eliminating the stigma associated with help-seeking behaviors.
  • Emphasizing that well-being is an indispensable part of a lawyer’s duty of competence.
  • Educating lawyers, judges and law students on lawyer well-being issues.
  • Taking small, incremental steps to change how law is practiced and how lawyers are regulated to instill greater well-being in the profession.

Suggested Reading

Translating Genesis: Thoughts on Legal Interpretation and Biblical Translation
A law professor writes about what biblical translation can teach us about legal interpretation. Read more.

CT Court Upholds $41.8M Award for Student Infected by Tick reports on closely watch liability case of student who contracted encephalitis from bug bite on school trip to China. 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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