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Superior Court Judicial Assignments

Find out who will hear your case. The fourth quarter NH Superior Court judicial assignments chart is now available on the NHBA website.

Nominations Sought for Hollman Equality Award

Established on the occasion of Judge Hollman's retirement from the Superior Court bench in 2003, this award is designed to honor his efforts as a stalwart advocate for gender equality in the legal system.

A Hollman award recipient is someone who is dedicated to promoting respect and fair treatment toward all members of the judicial system, and is a leader, educator and role model on such issues.

A nominee may be a Bar member, a court or law firm employee, or an employee of a state department or agency that is part of the legal system. The award will be presented at the Gender Equality Breakfast during the 2018 Midyear Meeting, Friday, February 16, 2018. Learn more.

Submit nominations with a brief description of the nominee's qualifications by Nov. 15 to Lisa Boisvert.

Bar News Seeks Family Law Articles

Judge Cassavechia

The November issue of Bar News will include a special section on family law. Articles in the section will cover surrogacy, alimony and changes to the parenting statute, among other topics.

If you have an idea for an informative article on a topic in this area, please contact Editor Kristen Senz by Oct. 9. The article deadline is Monday, Oct. 23. Editorial submission guidelines.

Trauma-Informed Practice Training – 10/19

DOVE

Join the DOVE Project for a special half-day program, “Representing Trauma Victims: Cultivating a Trauma-informed Practice.”

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.

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

Volunteers Needed for We the People

We the People

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a civic education instructional program which promotes civic competence and responsibility in students. Sponsored by the NH Bar Association, the District Hearings in December, followed by State Finals in January, allow students to showcase their constitutional knowledge in simulated congressional hearings before panels of judges.

NHBA members are invited to serve as judges and timekeepers during these events. No experience necessary. Please indicate your interest using this form or contact program coordinator Robin E. Knippers.

District Hearings
Friday
Dec. 8
(Snow Date: Dec. 11)
9 a.m. - Noon
State Finals
Friday
Jan. 5, 2018
(Snow Date: Jan. 8)
9 a.m. - Noon &
1 - 4 p.m.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

October is Pro Bono Month, and one pressing need is for immigration help for Manchester-area clients. Currently, three clients need immigration expertise to sort out various issues. If you can help, please contact Carolann. Also:

Unfiled divorce. Disabled woman in Nashua would like assistance in filing for divorce. Parties have been separated for about two years and have been able to work out a parenting schedule for their one minor child. Please contact Janice.

Collections issue. Client on fixed income co-signed on a car loan for a relative. Car has been repossessed, and client is being sued. Please contact Carolann.

Record Annulment. Manchester client with felony charges from 2009 needs advice about or assistance in annulling her criminal record. She also has a few misdemeanors; all but one were nolle prosequi. Please contact Carolann.

Wanted: Lawline Hosts for 2018

Judge Cassavechia

Volunteers are needed to host Lawline in 2018. If you want to assist in improving access to justice in New Hampshire and are able to set aside two hours to host a Lawline session next year (sessions take place from 6-8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month), please consider volunteering.

Lawline is a public service coordinated by the NH Bar Association through which members of the public can speak for free with an attorney to get answers to general legal questions. Each call lasts about 10 minutes, and volunteers can answer calls from a central location or remotely.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline Geddes.

FROM THE COURT

NH e-Filing: Tips and Tools Workshops

NH e-Court

Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 14, are the dates for the next e-Filing tips and tools sessions at the NH Bar Centerin Concord. Get personalize help from New Hampshire court officials.

Wednesday, Oct. 25
Tuesday, Nov. 14
Bar Center
Concord
1 - 3 p.m.

Please contact Kim Brackett to RSVP.

OTHER NEWS & EVENTS

Volunteers Needed for Disaster Assistance

Volunteer attorneys are needed to provide legal assistance to the residents of the several states and U.S. territories affected during this destructive hurricane season. The ABA Disaster Relief page provides links to resources for those interested in volunteering or in donating to legal services providers. In addition, press releases issued by the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands bar associations jointly with ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD), provide further information.

The ABA YLD, which coordinates legal services to disaster victims through an arrangement with FEMA, is making an urgent request for individuals to assist with relief legal services for individuals in Puerto Rico. Volunteers, particularly those conversant in Spanish, are asked to complete an intake form. Watch a video on ABA YLD’s disaster assistance role and how you can help.

Suggested Reading

Program helps law firms see progress in gender diversity—but is it enough?
Although there has been progress, the likelihood of becoming a top-earning partner is close to nonexistent for women at major US law firms. Read more at ABAJournal.com.

Court to rule when lawyer says ‘guilty,’ but client objects
The Supreme Court will consider a case about whether it violates the Constitution when a lawyer ignores his client's instructions and concedes his guilt. Read at NYTimes.com.

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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