In This Issue:

NH Bar’s Graphic Identity

Dear NHBA members:

In conjunction with the redevelopment of the NH Bar Association website, association staff is seeking members’ views about the image projected by the organization - to members, the public, and other stakeholders in the justice system. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey concerning the brand identity of your professional association – the New Hampshire Bar Association.

This effort to revisit the NHBA brand also follows results of the recent membership survey, which called for a more unified look to the content and materials the association produces.

Take the survey.

Additional comments? Please send them to

Superior Court Orders by Email

Starting this month, parties in certain counties (Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Strafford and Sullivan) will receive notices and non-confidential orders by email (only) from the NH Superior Court. Other counties will be starting in October or November.

Make sure you have read the court’s notice and watched the tutorial by Matt Cairns. He also made this handy cheat sheet for creating email rules to forward court notices to law office staff.

The court is using the NH Bar Association’s member database to access attorney contact information, so verify your information.

Last Chance:
Tickets to Bar Foundation Annual Dinner – 9/21

Join your colleagues in celebrating the achievements of this year’s Kirby award recipient, Anthony Galdieri of Nixon Peabody, and Kenison award recipient, US District Court Judge Paul Barbadoro, at the NH Bar Foundation Annual Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Center of NH in Manchester. Tickets are $95 (discounted tickets are available for new attorneys).

The New Hampshire Bar Foundation promotes the role of lawyers in securing equal access to justice and supports the charitable and educational aims of the New Hampshire Bar and its members.

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

Can You Help These Strafford County Pro Bono Clients?

Senior citizen permitted family members to move into her mobile home and now needs legal assistance in evicting them. Possible elder abuse/exploitation. Please contact Janice.

Single mother of one facing eviction is looking for assistance in negotiating reasonable amount of time to locate other housing. Please contact Janice.

Comment on Proposed Rules – 9/20

Judge Garfunkel

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 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 Advisory Committee on Rules Report contains the language of the proposals and background. Email comments to

Criminal Law CLE – 9/23

This “Core Principles of Criminal Law” seminar is ideal for the general practitioner who handles misdemeanors and lower level felonies semi-regularly, and for district court prosecutors (including non-attorney prosecutors). More experienced attorneys will benefit from the updates on recent rule changes, major case decisions and legislative changes. Register online.

Faculty: Patricia M. LaFrance, Rockingham County Attorney’s Office; Theodore M. Lothstein, Lothstein Guerriero; Ronald L. Abramson, Abramson Immigration Solutions; Donald L. Blaszka, Germaine and Blaszka; Kenneth J. Burlage, Rockingham County Attorney’s Office; Hon. N. William Delker, NH Superior Court; Charles J. Keefe, Wilson, Bush, Durkin & Keefe; Lara J. Saffo, Grafton County Attorney’s Office.

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
Sept. 23
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
360 General incl. 60 Ethics NHMCLE Minutes

Felonies First Brown Bags – 9/15


Merrimack County Superior Court and Carroll County Superior Court are hosting brown bag discussions this month related to the rollout of the Felonies First legislation for criminal cases on Jan. 1, 2017.

NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau and other court staff will be available to answer questions and provide some information on the roll out procedure.

Merrimack County Superior Court
Sept. 15
2 p.m.
Carroll County Superior Court
Sept. 22

Federal Practice Institute - 10/7

Registration is open for the US District Court for the District of NH Federal Practice Institute. The all-day Institute will be held Friday, Oct. 7, at the Rudman Federal Courthouse. 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.

The Institute will provide practitioners with timely and important updates on federal law and procedure, including a session on the recent rule amendments. Lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments will be provided. Find more information and register online.

Oct. 7
8:45 a.m.

Event Honors Victims of Domestic Violence – 10/14

The Greater Manchester Council Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, co-chaired by Hon. Susan Carbon and Dr. Jennie DiBartolomeo, in partnership with YWCA NH, is hosting an evening to honor lives lost due to domestic violence over the past decade. The event will feature guest speakers, a candlelight vigil and the unveiling of a memorial garden.

Oct. 14
6 - 8 p.m.

Question of the Week

This question is designed to help guide editorial planning and inform the work of the new NHBA Communications Advisory Council. All poll responses are anonymous.

What kind of content would you like to see more of in Bar News?

Information about NHBA member services and benefits
Tips for being a better lawyer and running a law office
News about the courts and justice system
Human interest features about lawyers and judges
Long-form articles about legal topics written by NH lawyers
I don’t read Bar News.

Results from last week's poll:

Do you think the NH Bar Association should be more conservative or forward-thinking?

Suggested Reading

Chemerinsky: What Will the Presidential Election Mean for SCOTUS?
University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky writes about the implications of each candidate for ABA Journal. Read more.

Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?
The Atlantic reports that a trove of emails reveals a close relationship between Google and would-be regulators of driverless cars. 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.

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