In This Issue:

NHBA Annual Meeting – 10/28

Join colleagues and friends at the NHBA 2016 Annual Meeting to continue the conversation about opportunities and challenges related to the future of law practice and technology. Hear presentations by leaders in the evolution of law practice and access to justice.

A recent NHBA membership survey showed that NH lawyers are concerned about the future of the profession. The Annual Meeting provides a forum for learning about and discussing those concerns. Attend the Honors & Awards luncheon where Justice Carol Ann Conboy, Bankruptcy Judge Michael Deasy and attorney David DePuy will receive awards.

Oct. 28
8 a.m - 5 p.m.

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Register today for the full Annual Meeting package to get a full day of CLE credits, the Honors and Awards Luncheon, and a special evening reception with a presentation about the 2016 Presidential Election, all for just $225.

Jury Scam – Beware

The US District Court for the District of NH warns of another jury scam in New Hampshire. The scammer is phoning potential victims, telling them that a warrant has been issued for their arrest for failing to report for jury duty or for other reasons. The scammer is directing potential victims to meet at a sheriff's office or other location to make payment to avoid arrest or prosecution.

This is not how the federal court communicates with jurors. Anyone who receives such a call should report it to the US Marshal's Office at (603) 225-1632, or local police department. Potential jurors with inquires may contact federal court Jury Administrator Cathy Dube at (603) 226-7791.

Shanelaris to Receive Friedman Award – 10/25

As part of the NH Pro Bono Month celebration, the NH Bar Association and the UNH School of Law will present Nashua attorney Cathy Shanelaris with the 2016 Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the law school’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property on Washington Street in Concord.

A 1992 graduate of the law school, Shanelaris is a member of the NHBA Board of Governors and the NHBA Pro Bono Governing Board. The award honors the accomplishments of a UNH Law graduate and NH Bar member who exemplifies the commitment to public service of Bruce Friedman, the late founder of the civil practice clinic at the law school.

Oct. 25
5:30 p.m.

Find more information and RSVP.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

North of Concord. Widow wishes to sell home to avoid tax lien from town. However, she needs an attorney to help put her name on the deed so she can go forward. The house is in her deceased spouse's name, and the estate has not been probated. Please call Janice.

Seacoast. Client accidentally deposited check into an account in deceased husband’s name only. The bank will not return the funds as estate has not been probated. Please call Janice.

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 for 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.

Oct. 13
5:15 p.m.

More information at

Is Your Legal Knowledge Up to Date? – 10/13

Developments in the Law is the NH Bar Association’s signature all-day CLE program, giving attendees a complete survey of important legal developments affecting New Hampshire practice this year. Presented by New Hampshire lawyers, there is no substitute for this low-cost learning and networking opportunity.

Oct. 13
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
360 NHMCLE Minutes, including 60 Ethics

Can’t attend the seminar in person? Register to attend one of the in-person video replays scheduled across the state this fall and winter.

Bar News Seeks Business and Health Law Articles

The December issue of Bar News will feature two special sections – one on business law/business litigation and one on health law. Articles should address developments in the law, case law, practical “lessons learned,” or intersections of these practice areas with other areas.

Do you have a topic in mind? Email proposals to Kristen Senz by Nov. 14. Article length is 800-1,000 words.

NHBA Midyear Meeting Award Nominations – 12/23

Nominations are now being accepted for awards to be presented at the NH Bar Association Midyear Meeting, scheduled for Friday, March 10, at the Radisson/Center of NH in Manchester.

Submit nominations, along with an explanation of why the nominee is deserving of the award, to Denice DeStefano, or mail to NHBA Midyear Meeting Award, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.

Question of the Week

This question was prompted by an article, “Help for the Unrepresented: A Look at a New Approach,”  in the September issue of Bar News by Concord attorney and former judge Chuck Douglas who argues in favor of licensed legal technicians. What do you think?

Do you think New Hampshire should institute a system in which non-attorney legal technicians could handle specific types of legal cases, similar to policies in place in Washington State?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.


Results from last week's poll:

Which of these do you think is most important for a new lawyer to possess prior to beginning law practice?

Suggested Reading

Judges Push Brevity in Briefs, and Get a Torrent of Arguments. The New York Times’ Deal Book blog reports. Read more.

Crime Survivors Speak. The Brennan Center publishes the first ever national survey of victims’ views on criminal justice policies. 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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