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Marilyn Mahoney to Receive Pro Bono Award

Manchester family law attorney Marilyn Mahoney of Harvey & Maloney Law Offices in Manchester has been selected to receive the 2017 Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award. This award is given each year by the NH Bar Association and UNH School of Law to recognize a UNH Law graduate and NHBA member who has made significant and exemplary contributions to the delivery of volunteer legal services to the vulnerable and needy.

The award will be presented during a special Pro Bono Week event, at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the atrium at UNH Law.

Nominations Sought for Hollman Equality Award

Established on the occasion of Judge Philip Hollman's retirement from the Superior Court bench in 2003, this award honors 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, Feb. 16, 2018. Learn more.

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

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

Can You Help These Pro Bono Family Law Clients?

Single mother of a 4-year-old would like help establishing a parenting plan. Client and child’s father both live in the Rochester/Somersworth area. Please contact Janice.

Mother of three seeks assistance with a brought-forward case. Original parenting plan is out of Manchester Family Division and requires specific actions on the part of the client, which she has completed. The other party will not communicate with her as ordered by the court. Please contact Carolann.

NHBA CLEs Coming Next Week

Uniform Power of Attorney Act

This one-hour Learn@Lunch webcast (60 general NHMCLE minutes) provides an important primer on the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, which the NH Legislature recently adopted. Learn more or register.

Oct. 24
Noon - 1 p.m.
60 NHMCLE General Minutes
Developments in the Law 2017

This program offers a full-day overview of developments in New Hampshire law and practice. Learn more and register for the live, in-person program or one of the in-person video replays being held around the state on other dates.

Oct. 27
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
300 General NHMCLE + 60 Ethics Minutes

JOB POSTING: Law Practice Management & Member Services Coordinator

F/T position for statewide professional association. Coordinates resources and information on topics relating to technology and law practice management; development and execution of member services programs/projects including coordination and motivation of volunteers, marketing, budgeting and materials development. Aptitude for learning along with excellent organizational, communication and technological skills, demonstrated creativity, flexibility and leadership. Undergraduate degree and experience in a law firm or legal environment (law firm administration, law librarian, paralegal) required. Excellent benefits, non-smoking office, EOE. Send detailed resume and cover letter with salary requirements by November 13th to Denice DeStefano, Acting Executive Director, NHBA, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300 St., Concord, NH 03301.

NHMCLE: Audits Begin

Per NH Supreme Court Rule 53.3(E), the audit of the 2016-2017 NHMCLE reporting year is about to begin. Selected members will be notified by the NHMCLE Board. Within 30 days of the notice, the member must provide information about the CLE activities reported and evidence to substantiate completion of the reported CLE activities.

Attorneys must obtain a certificate of attendance from each CLE they complete. Per Rule 53.3(B), CLE records are to be retained for at least two years following the close of a reporting year.

Build Transferable Skills at Divorce Camp – Only $90!

This three-part training series starting Monday, Oct. 23, features an informal setting and “how-to” approach: learn mediation and hearing preparation pointers, watch experienced attorneys conduct a mock client interview and temporary hearing, find out how to avoid ethical pitfalls with pro se litigants and what a judge expects in the courtroom. Register online by 9 a.m. Friday, October 21, to assure your spot.

Oct. 23 – Session I
Oct. 30 – Session II
Nov. 6 – Session III
3:00 -
6:30 p.m.
Bar Center
455 NHMCLE General Minutes & 90 Ethics Minutes

Federal Court Local Rules Comment Period – 11/12


The federal court in Concord is considering proposed amendments to the Local Rules for adoption effective Dec. 1, 2017. The court welcomes input about any of the proposals from the public and bar. All comments should be directed to Chief Deputy Clerk Pamela Phelan by email or by mail at United States District Court, District of NH, 55 Pleasant St., Room 110, Concord, NH 03301. Comments should be submitted by Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. Read the proposed amendments.

This rules notice is also posted on the court’s website.

Portsmouth Family Division Brown Bag – 11/20

Bring your lunch for “brown bag” meeting on Monday, Nov. 20, in Portsmouth Family Division for all those who are interested in juvenile and marital matters. Judge John Pendleton and Clerk Diane Caron will be present to discuss a number of topics related to juvenile and marital cases. Deputy Clerk Marcia Chin, Case Manager Elizabeth Keelty and Juvenile Clerk Nannette Jones will also be in attendance to help answer any questions attendees have.

Should you have any topics you would like to raise or have addressed at the lunch, please email Diane Caron or Marcia Chin.

Nov. 20
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

NH Circuit Court Judicial Evaluation Notice – 11/17

In accordance with Supreme Court Rule 56 and RSA 490:32, the NH Judicial Branch Circuit Court administrative judge routinely conducts judicial evaluations and invites you to participate in this process. The following judges are presently being evaluated:

Click a judge’s name to complete the evaluation. Responses will be shared with the judges being evaluated, but are treated as confidential; respondents remain anonymous.

Justice David Forrest 8th Circuit Courts
Justice Patricia Quigley 9th Circuit Courts

Contact the Circuit Court Administrative Office at by email or at 271-6418 for a paper evaluation form. All evaluations must be completed by Friday, Nov. 17.


NH Lawyers Assistance Program - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB

The New Hampshire Lawyers Assistance Program seeks a new Executive Director to replace Cecie Hartigan, who is retiring from the position. The salary range is $60,000 – $70,000.

The Director oversees a program providing on-call services and around-the-clock availability to answer questions, provide advice, and assist with arrangements for individuals requiring hospitalization, treatment or other assistance, including maintaining and covering their practices.

In addition, the Director is regularly involved with firms, families and friends when necessary. As part of NHLAP’s responsibilities, the Director is involved in monitoring as may be requested by lawyers, firms, the Attorney Discipline Office, or the Character and Fitness Committee. Education and prevention are also a part of NHLAP, and the Director presents at CLE programs around the state and makes presentations to law schools and other organizations. More info.

More job listings in Bar News classifieds.

SCAM ALERT - Emails Demand Payment of Traffic Fines

Scam Alert

Emails fraudulently claiming to be from the NH Department of Motor Vehicles are telling recipients that a fine for a traffic violation must be paid within 72 hours. The scam email contains links for "easy pay" or to contest the fine amount. The email originates from a scam email address: "violations at".

The DMV does not notify drivers about violations or request payment of fines through email. Any person receiving this email should exercise caution – do not click links, open attachments or provide personal or financial information. Verify a traffic violation by calling the DMV at (603) 227-4000.

The NH Attorney General's Consumer Information Line is 1-888-468-4454. File a DOJ consumer complaint.

Suggested Reading

Court: Unsent Text Message Is a Valid Will
An Australian court has decided that a will found in the drafts folder of a dead man's phone is valid, even though it was never witnessed or even sent, the BBC reports.

California Law Bars Pre-Employment Salary History Questions
California joins Delaware, Massachusetts, Oregon and Puerto Rico in prohibiting pre-employment questions about salary history in an effort to stem discriminatory pay rates, particularly with respect to women. 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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