In This Issue:

Court Order Regarding Oct. 28 NHBA Annual Meeting

Awards to be presented at Oct. 28 NHBA Annual Meeting in Portsmouth:

Just announced

Distinguished Service to the Public Award:
Justice Carol Ann Conboy

Justice William Grimes Judicial Professionalism Award:
US Bankruptcy Judge J. Michael Deasy

E. Donald Dufresne Outstanding Professionalism Award:
R. David DePuy

Justice Conboy
Judge Deasy
David DePuy

Read more about this meeting, happening in Portsmouth, that features two CLEs with national speakers: “21st Century Justice: Embracing the New Normal” and “Reslience for Lawyers: Thriving in the Midst of Change.”

Also, note that the Supreme Court has issued an order allowing the suspension of proceedings to facilitate attendance at the Annual Meeting. See Order.

Felonies First Rollout Schedule

The NH Supreme Court issued an order Monday with the rollout schedule for the Superior Courts to implement the Felonies First legislation, which transitions felony cases from first filing in the Circuit Court to the Superior Court:

Rollout Date
Merrimack and Carroll Jan. 1, 2017
Coos and Grafton April 1, 2017
Hillsborough North and South Sept. 1, 2017
Rockingham and Sullivan Oct. 1, 2017

Bar News Seeks Family Law Articles – 9/26

The November issue of Bar News will feature a special section on family law. Do you have an idea for an article that would address developments in the law, areas where family law intersects other practice areas or practical information/tips for other attorneys?

Those interested in contributing should contact Bar News Editor Kristen Senz by Monday, Sept. 26. Drafts should be 800-1,000 words and will be due by Monday, Oct. 24. For more information, please see Bar News submission guidelines.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Hillsborough South – unfiled divorce. Single disabled mother of one is waiting for a volunteer to help her with a divorce. Parties separated for two years and have been able to work out a parenting schedule to date. Please contact Janice.

Criminal Record Annulment. Client seeks to improve employment prospects through a criminal record annulment. Charges from 2000 and prior, in Merrimack and Manchester district division courts. Please contact Margaret.

Red Mass and Dinner – 10/13

Members of the judicial, legal, law enforcement, and legislative communities are invited to gather with those who administer law in the Catholic Church and the Catholic Lawyers Guild to the annual Red Mass at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford.

Following the Red Mass, the guild will hold a dinner at the Manchester Country Club at which the guild will honor Daniel Will, an attorney at Devine Millimet in Manchester and an NHBA governor, with the St. Thomas More Award and Concord Police Lt. John Thomas with the St. Michael Award. More information at RSVP and purchase tickets to the dinner by Oct. 1.

Oct. 13
5:15 p.m.

MyCase: Free Webinar: Building a 21st Century Law Practice - 9/28

Technology has changed the practice of law dramatically in recent years and will continue to do so at a stunning pace. The hard reality is that law firms must become more efficient or their bottom line will suffer.  Susan Cartier Liebel, lawyer and Founder & CEO of Solo Practice University will give you some sage advice for being a successful 21st century lawyer.

You’ll learn about:

  • Ethics and responsibilities to your clients
  • Building a client-centric practice
  • Creating a consistent branded message
  • How to work and communicate with clients 
  • Must have tech tools to deliver legal services

Register for the free webinar.

Don't forget! NH Bar members receive a 10% lifetime discount on MyCase.

Questions? Contact MySpace: 800-571-8062 or

Books to Review for Bar News

Looking for something new to read? Bar News has a few books available for review. Please check the list of books and email Donna Parker to volunteer.

Goffstown Court Brown Bag – 9/30

Attorneys who practice in Goffstown are invited to attend a brown bag lunch discussion with Judge Edward Tenney who is now presiding judge. The meeting is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at the Goffstown courthouse.  

Please RSVP to Clerk Lynn Killkelley by Friday, Sept. 23. 

Sept. 30
Noon - 1 p.m.

Question of the Week

A greater understanding of member communication styles helps the NH Bar Association make decisions about event planning, group size, targeting communications and publication content. 

With which communication style do you most identify?

Introvert          Extrovert          Ambivert

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

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

Suggested Reading

ABA Committee Endorses Raising the Bar for Law Schools
An ABA committee on law school accreditation has approved a proposal to penalize ABA accredited law schools if fewer than 75 percent of the schools’ graduates fail the bar exam on their first try. Read more.

Lawyers under Pressure. This article by the Florida Bar News explores two common scenarios in which attorneys use avoidance coping. 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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