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Volunteer Judges Sought for UNH Undergraduate Mock Trial Invitational

UNH will host its 8th Annual Mock Trial Invitational for undergraduates during the weekend of Oct. 22-23, at UNH's campus in Durham. The tournament needs attorneys willing to serve as judges, presiding over mock trial rounds and evaluating students’ performances. Attorneys do not need to be sitting judges, active litigators, or familiar with college mock trial to participate. Judges will receive a brief training that will equip them for the task.

For each day, there will be one morning and one afternoon trial session. To sign up as a judge for one or more sessions, or should you have any questions, please contact Sadie Matteson, UNH Mock Trial Tournament director or Jake Marvelley, (603) 436-3110.

UNH
Durham
Sat–Sun
Oct. 22–23
Morning and
Afternoon Sessions

NHBA Annual Meeting: Space Is Limited – 10/28

Sign up now for an opportunity to engage with national leaders who are working to shape the future of the legal profession at the NH Bar Association Annual Meeting in Portsmouth on Oct. 28.

In addition to a full day of thought-provoking, low-cost CLE programming, the Annual Meeting offers a chance to network with friends and meet new colleagues and celebrate the achievements of this year’s award recipients: Hon. Carol Ann Conboy, Hon. Michael Deasy, and R. David DePuy.

Friday
Oct. 28
8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Reception:
5–7 p.m.
300 NHMCLE General Minutes

Stay for the evening reception, which will feature a presentation about the Presidential Election by Dante Scala and recognition of Dan Wise for 20 years of service to the NH Bar Association.

Tax Attorneys Needed for Special Project

The NH Bar Association’s Low-Income Taxpayer Project (LITP) needs volunteer tax attorneys to prepare amended returns and ITIN applications for several New Hampshire-based Jamaican farm workers and their spouses.

These workers are eligible to file returns with their spouses as resident aliens, but their original returns were prepared by their employment agency without these benefits. For some of the workers, the same employment agency advised them incorrectly to claim the earned income tax credit a few years ago, resulting in federal tax liabilities.

Volunteers and LITP staff will need to meet with the workers on a Sunday at their work place, before they go back to Jamaica next month. LITP will provide volunteers with guides, forms, templates, and general support.

Please contact Barbara Heggie or Kerstin Cornell for more information.

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. Article length is 800-1,000 words.

We the People Seeks Volunteers – 12/9

The NH Bar Association Law Related Education program seeks volunteers to act as judges and timekeepers for We the People district and state competitions.

 
District Hearings: Friday, Dec. 9
(Snow Date: Dec. 12)
Friday
Dec. 9
9 a.m. - Noon
 
State Finals: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017
(Snow Date: Jan. 9)
Friday
Jan. 6
9 a.m. - Noon and 1-4 p.m.

The state champion will be named following the last Sunday session. For more information, contact NHBA LRE Coordinator Robin E. Knippers.

DOVE CLE – 10/19

The NH Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Emergency (DOVE) Project is hosting Domestic Violence Protective Orders: Creating a Space for Healing on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (300 General NHMCLE minutes and 75 ethics/professionalism minutes) in the NHBA Seminar Room, 2 Pillsbury St., Concord.

This seminar prepares attorneys to represent victims of domestic violence at final restraining order hearings. Registration is limited to certain attorneys, Mediators and GALs.

More info or sign up for the in-person event. Funding for this program is provided by a US Dept. of Justice Grant and the NH Bar Foundation's IOLTA Program.

Wednesday
Oct. 19
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
300 General & 75 Ethics NHMCLE Minutes

NHWBA Fall Reception – 10/13

The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association will host its Fall Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Concord Country Club. The reception will include the presentation of the Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award to Jennifer Parent, a director at McLane Middleton and a past president of the NH Bar Association.

The reception will also include the presentation of the Winnie McLaughlin Scholarship to second-year UNH Law student Christine Hilliard. RSVPs for the event are appreciated and can be submitted online.

Thursday
Oct. 13
5:30–7:30 p.m.

Question of the Week

In honor of Pro Bono Month, the NH Bar is trying to get a rough idea of how many hours NH lawyers spend on pro bono work annually. Please help us to understand and promote the volunteer work of NH Bar members. All poll responses are anonymous.
 

How many hours per year do you typically spend on pro bono work for low-income individuals or groups serving low-income people (please do not include billed hours written off for clients who haven’t paid)?

0-30       31-50       51-75       76-100       More than 100       More than 200

All poll responses are anonymous.
 

Results from last week's poll:

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 Washitate?

Suggested Reading

With President Obama’s recent release of more than 100 commutations of sentences of non-violent drug offenders, here’s where to read up on the subject: A nationally recognized blog tracks commutations and pleas for clemency around the country.

A Las Vegas lawyer denies brandishing gun during deposition. (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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