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National Pro Bono Week - NOW

2017 Friedman Pro Bono Award
Manchester attorney Marilyn Mahoney receives the 2017 Bruce Friedman Pro Bono Award from NH Supreme Court Justice (ret.) Carol Ann Conboy at UNH Law on Oct. 24.

In New Hampshire, we observe Pro Bono Month throughout October, but this week is the national Pro Bono Week. We would like to recognize and honor all members of the NHBA who perform pro bono service – through Bar or other programs, or independently.

Marilyn Mahoney of Manchester, in particular, was recognized this week with the 2017 Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award at a ceremony held Tuesday at UNH Law.

NH attorneys describe their favorite “Pro Bono Moments” in Bar News.

Law School Alumni Reunite!

Ever wonder what your law school classmates are up to now? Well, the NHBA Midyear Membership Meeting presents the perfect opportunity for a reunion. Several law school alumni dinners will happen in conjunction with the meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 16 in Manchester, and you are invited to help coordinate a dinner for your classmates.

University of Virginia
School of Law

April 18, 2018 - 6 p.m.
The Foundry, Manchester
Contact: Bret Gifford
UVA Law Dean Risa Goluboff
will be in attendance!
Northeastern University
School of Law

Details TBD
Contact: Talesha Saint-Marc

If you are interested in organizing a dinner for alumni from your law school, please contact Lisa Boisvert.

Bar staff will assist by providing a sample invitation letter and response form, and a set of alumni mailing labels from the Bar’s member database. The Bar will also publish details of law school dinners in Bar News and on the website.

Nominations for Midyear Meeting Awards

Judge Cassavechia

Can you think of a colleague who deserves recognition for his or her hard work, dedication and professionalism? Please submit a nomination for one or more of the following awards by Friday, Dec. 8, to Allison Borowy:

  • Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service
  • Distinguished Service to the Public Award
  • Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law (nomination form)

These awards will be presented at the NHBA Midyear Meeting, Feb. 16, 2018, in Manchester.

Bar News: Read the Latest

The latest issue of New Hampshire Bar News features:

Read the issue online. Contact the editor.

Member Portal Offers Convenient Pay Option

The MyNHBar Member Portal is a member’s one stop for paying invoices billed by the NH Bar Association to include, but not limited to, annual membership licensure renewal, continuing legal education, advertising, and lawyer referral service invoices.

Log onto the MyNHBar Portal and click to open the Statements panel:

From there, select the unpaid invoices to be paid; multiple invoices may be paid simultaneously. Please address any questions to


Rules Committee Public Hearing – 12/8

The NH Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules will hold a public hearing at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at the Supreme Court, to receive the views of any member of the public, the bench, or the bar on court rules changes which the Committee is considering for possible recommendation to the Supreme Court.

Comments may be emailed writing to the secretary of the Committee at any time on or before Dec. 7 by email or may be submitted at the hearing on Dec. 8. Comments may be emailed to the Committee on or before Dec. 7.

Read about the changes being considered.

Peale Retirement Reception - 11/14

A reception to celebrate the retirement of James I. Peale, the clerk for Cheshire and Sullivan County Superior Courts, is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Keene.

The Cheshire County Bar Association is hosting the event. Court staff, community members, friends, family, and attorneys are invited. Light refreshments will be served. Cash bar.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 8, by email.

Nov. 14
Old County Courthouse
Delegation Hall (2nd floor)
4 - 6 p.m.

Supreme Court Adopts Rule Amendments

The NH Supreme Court on Oct. 18 issued an order making amendments to Court Rules.


Bar Foundation Justice Grants Applications

Applications for 2018 Justice Grants will be available starting Jan. 15, 2018 and accepted through Feb 16, 2018. Justice Grants, supported by endowed funds of the Foundation, support efforts to encourage innovation in the administration of justice, provide community education about the law and improve access to the legal system. Some funds have more specific requirements for grants.

Justice Grant applications are accepted biennially (even-numbered years) from New Hampshire nonprofit organizations and/or programs. More info.

Post-Hurricane Assistance Still Needed

Attorneys with specific qualifications and skills are still needed to provide disaster legal assistance to victims of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Volunteers should be aware that they may not be called upon immediately, as many victims continue to struggle with basic needs, and will likely turn to their legal needs 1-3 months following the disaster.

Lawyers admitted in Puerto Rico can use the PR Volunteer Form. Lawyers admitted in the US Virgin Islands can use the Virgin Islands Volunteer Form. Lawyers not admitted in PR, but who are experienced in FEMA claims, are encouraged to sign up on the Mentor Form.

Suggested Reading

Students Tackle Tough Questions as Civics Lessons Sharpen Their Minds
The NH Sunday News reported on the NHBA’s “We the People” program, as well as recent efforts to enhance civics education in NH. Read more.

Study with Sensors Shows Men and Women Are Treated Differently at Work
Gender differences in the workplace examined using hard data. 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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