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Connect at NHBA Annual Meeting

The 2016 NHBA Annual Meeting is right around the corner. Scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28, at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, this daylong event is a chance to network and join in for two engaging CLE programs about the future of law practice, access to justice and resilience.
Online registration is no longer available as space is extremely limited for the Honors and Awards Luncheon, but members can register for the CLE programs by calling NHBA CLE Registrar Cheryl Moore at (603) 715-3260.

Oct. 28
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
5–7:00 p.m.
300 NHMCLE General Minutes

NH e-Court Demo/Tip Session

The NH Judicial Branch hosts e-filing demos and tip sessions at the NH Bar Center from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and Wednesday, Nov. 29. These are designed for paralegals and lawyers who are new to Circuit Court e-filing. Please RSVP to

Bar Center
Oct. 26
2 - 4 p.m.
Bar Center
Nov. 29
2- 4 p.m.

Friedman Award Presentation – 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 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.

Find more information and RSVP here. Find out what NH attorneys are saying about the new Pro Bono here.

Oct. 25
5:30 p.m.

Mentors Needed - NOW

The NH Bar Association Mentor Program, sponsored by the NHBA New Lawyers’ Committee, is currently looking for attorneys to serve as mentors in the following areas:

  • A new attorney in Merrimack County is looking for a mentor in family law, general practice, or wills/trusts/estates
  • An attorney in Rockingham County is looking for a mentor in criminal practice
  • An attorney in Carroll County is looking for a mentor in criminal practice
  • An attorney based in Maine is looking for a mentor in Coos County in the area of civil trial practice, general practice, or wills/trusts/estates.

Please contact Deb Bridges if you are interested in becoming a mentor.

Felonies First in Carroll County – 4/1

An order the NH Supreme Court issued this week pushed back the Carroll County implementation of Felonies First from Jan. 1 to April 1, 2017, to give the new Carroll County Attorney time to get adjusted. Felonies First will still roll out in Merrimack County starting Jan. 1.

The Felonies First legislation moves first filing of felony charges from Circuit Court to Superior Court and is scheduled to roll out statewide by Oct. 1, 2017.

Court Adopts Rule Changes – 10/17

The NH Supreme Court has adopted rule changes in the following areas: appeals from decisions designated as final by the Superior Court; rulemaking procedures; administrative judges and administrative council; Family Division Rules 2.29 & 2.3; fees – Circuit Court/Probate Division; unauthorized practice of law; rules of criminal procedure (Strafford, Cheshire, Belknap and Merrimack counties). Most of the changes take effect Jan. 1. Read the court’s order.
In a separate order, the Court adopted the so-called debtors’ prison rules, but rejected an automatic right to counsel by indigent defendants who fail to pay fines that had been recommended by the majority of the Advisory Committee on Rules, but opposed by committee chair and Supreme Court Justice Robert Lynn. Justice Conboy dissented in part.

Pro Bono Opportunities in Grafton & Sullivan Counties

Lawyers on IceHaverhill, NH Area. Single mom with children in need of advice and possible future representation on a landlord-tenant issue. Please contact Carolann.
Claremont & Newport Area. Help needed for three clients with their divorce matters. Please contact Carolann.  

Looking for a Change?

NH Legal Assistance is looking for a new policy director, the NH Judicial Branch has an opening for a probate account specialist, and there are many other legal jobs available in New Hampshire.
Looking to hire? Advertise open positions in Bar News.

CLE on ADA/FMLA – 10/27

Attorneys who assist employers and employees in understanding their rights and obligations under the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act in NH will gain useful advice and insight during this daylong program. Attend in Person  or via Live Webcast

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
Oct. 27
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
360 NHMCLE General Minutes

Federal Court Rule Amendment

The US District Court for the District of NH amended LCrR 32.2 to conform to changes to the standard conditions of probation and supervised release by the US Sentencing Commission and to make the conditions "easier for defendants to understand and probation officers to enforce," according to the commission.

The amended rule takes effect Nov. 1. All comments, including suggestions or other correspondence, related to this amendment may be made before Nov. 16, and directed to Pamela E. Phelan, chief deputy clerk at or US District Court, Warren B. Rudman US Courthouse, 55 Pleasant St., Room 110, Concord, NH 03301-3941.

Question of the Week

How often do you go to court?

Daily      Weekly      Monthly      Occasionally      Never

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

How many hours per year do you typically spend on pro bono work for low-income individuals or groups serving low-income people?

Suggested Reading

Justice Breyer on Legal Writing.
NHPR interviewed Justice Stephen Breyer on the 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop. Read more.

NH Caseload Data.
In case you missed it, NH Bar News reported on caseload statistics in New Hampshire across court levels and case types. 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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