NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

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NHBF 2016 Annual Dinner – 9/21

Reserve your seat today for the NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner in support of access to justice in New Hampshire.

At the dinner. US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro will be presented with the 2016 Frank Rowe Kenison Award and Anthony Galdieri, a member of the Nixon Peabody law firm, will receive the Robert E. Kirby Award. Read about the award recipients in Bar News.

Tickets are $95 per person or $65 per person for new attorneys.

Purchase tickets online or send in your RSVP card to: NH Bar Foundation, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.

For more information, please contact Lisha Brosseau.

Wednesday
Sept. 21
5:30 - 8 p.m.

Lebanon Circuit Court – Criminal Division Brown Bag – 10/4

All defense attorneys who regularly practice in the Lebanon Circuit Court – District Criminal Division (adult criminal cases only) are invited to a brown bag discussion from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4, at the Lebanon courthouse. No RSVP required.

Tuesday
Oct. 4
Noon - 1 p.m.

Comment on Proposed Rules – 9/20

The NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules has reported proposed rule amendments to the Supreme Court with a recommendation that they be adopted. Members of the bench, bar, legislature, executive branch or public may file comments on the proposals with the Supreme Court by Sept. 20. The proposed rule amendments relate to the following:

Payment of Fines. The proposal to amend Circuit Court District Division Rule 2.7 (now NH Rule of Criminal Procedure 29(e)) was jointly submitted to the rules committee by the ACLU of New Hampshire, Circuit Court Administrative Judge Edwin Kelly and Circuit Court Deputy Administrative Judge David King and is being recommended for adoption on a pilot basis, following an 8-7 committee vote last month.

The proposal aims to assure “that no person in New Hampshire is jailed for nonpayment of fines when the reason for nonpayment is an inability to pay.” An alternative proposal to amend Rule 29(e) was submitted by Supreme Court Justice Robert Lynn, chair of the Advisory Committee on Rules. The NH Supreme Court is requesting comment on both proposals.

The Aug. 3 Advisory Committee on Rules Report contains the language of the proposed rules changes and background regarding the proposals. Email comments to rulescomment@courts.state.nh.us.

Avoid Sept. 1 Late Fees

Judge Garfunkel

Late fees accrue for each attorney licensure step (NHMCLE, trust accounting certification, dues and court fees) if not completed by Sept. 1.

After Oct. 1, attorneys who have not completed all licensure steps, including the payment of all late fees, will be subject to an order requiring their appearance before a Supreme Court justice to show cause as to why he or she should not face immediate suspension from the practice of law.

Members are encouraged to check the MyNHBar dashboard at www.nhbar.org to verify that all obligations are complete, pay fees and dues and file required forms. (A red bar on your MyNHBar dashboard means you are delinquent. Please note: The ART reporting tool requires a separate log-in.)

Ethical Lessons from the Trenches

Stuart Teicher describes his Aug. 31 program, Ethical Lessons From the Trenches.

Limited space is still available for this practical ethics CLE scheduled for next Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the NH Bar Center, with Stuart Teicher, a national legal educator and CLE performer.

Watch Teicher's short video about the program.

Sign up for one or both of the in-person sessions or live webcasts.

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
Wednesday
Aug. 31
Morning:
8:30 a.m. - noon
Afternoon:
1 - 4:15 p.m.
180 Ethics Minutes per session;
360 for both

Federal Practice Institute – 10/7

Registration is now open for the Federal Practice Institute, an all-day event hosted by the US District Court for the District of NH on Oct. 7, at the Rudman Federal Courthouse in Concord.

The program begins at 8:45 a.m. The featured speaker will be Bryan Garner, president of LawProse Inc. He is editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary and the author of many leading works on legal style including Garner's Modern American Usage, The Winning Brief, The Winning Oral Argument, The Elements of Legal Style, and The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style.

The Institute also will provide practitioners with timely and important updates on federal law and procedure, including a session on the recent rule amendments. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

More information and online registration can be found in the News & Events section of the federal court’s website.

Friday
Oct. 7
8:45 a.m.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Eviction defense. Family in Plaistow needs assistance in defending against eviction in order to allow them more time to find alternative housing. Contact Carolann.

Help for uninsured motorists in Manchester. 62 year-old woman involved in an accident needs assistance in negotiating payments with insurance company. Single mother of four also needs assistance in negotiating with an attorney for damages sustained in an uninsured accident. If you can give advice on legal options or offer assistance in negotiating, please contact Carolann.

Question of the Week

The following is part of a group of questions designed to ascertain attorney job satisfaction in New Hampshire. The results of these polls will be used to inform Bar News reporting on this and related topics. All poll responses are anonymous.

How many hours do you spend working at your law-related job per week on average?

30-40 hours      41-50 hours      51-60 hours      61+ hours

Results from last week's poll:

How do you usually shorten the name of the New Hampshire Bar Association?

Suggested Reading

LSC Board Chair: Public at Large – Not Just Lawyers – Needs to Be Aware of Justice Gap
ABA Journal reports. Read more.

Why We Think We’re Better Investors Than We Are
A primer on behavioral economics from the New York Times. 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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The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
The premier association of experienced and widely-acceptable mediators and arbitrators in the US, and is partnered with the national plaintiff (AAJ) and defense (DRI) bar associations. Our NH Chapter members publish bios and calendars at www.NHMediators.org.

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An easy-to-use practice management software that helps you manage cases, track time, billing and communicate with your clients. NH Bar members receive a 10% lifetime discount.

Stay in Touch! Update Your Contact Info

If your firm, home or email address has recently changed, please complete the Address Change Form and submit to Susan Lakeway immediately to update our member records so you will receive important correspondence from your bar association.

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