In This Issue:

Annual Meeting on Friday

The NHBA Annual Meeting is happening this Friday in Portsmouth, and the Honors & Awards Luncheon is already sold out. There is still some room in the CLE programs. Members can still register on-site at the meeting.

Can’t make it to Portsmouth? Follow the conversation all day on Twitter at #NHBar16 and look for streaming video on Facebook at

Pro Bono Consumer Debt CLE – 11/16

Learn how to defend consumers in debt-collection lawsuits with this new NHBA Pro Bono CLE program, “From the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act to Fee Shifting: Defending Consumers in Debt Collection Cases.

In this training program, experienced consumer law faculty will describe and demystify the debt collection process and state and federal laws that govern it. Learn how the periodic payment process works, how to identify opportunities for attorney’s fees, and more.

Please be prepared to accept two debt-collection cases from Pro Bono (one for Pro Bono attorneys handling a current Pro Bono case).

Cost: $90 or $60 for attorneys in practice less than 3 years. Attend in person or sign up for the live webcast. Sign up or get more info.

NHBA Seminar Room
or Live Webcast
Nov. 16
9 a.m. –
4 p.m.
330 NHMCLE General/
60 Ethics Minutes

Bar News Seeks Criminal Law Articles

The January issue of New Hampshire Bar News will feature a special section on criminal law. Articles can discuss recent case law, rules, process, procedure, and intersections of criminal law with other practice areas. Pairs of articles that argue point-counterpoint on one issue are also invited.

Please contact editor Kristen Senz ASAP with article proposals and for more information. Articles should be 800 - 1,000 words and drafts will be due on Dec. 19.

In Case You Missed It – Court Rule Changes

The NH Supreme Court last week issued this order adopting amendments to court rules, most of which take effect Jan. 1.

NHBA Midyear Meeting Award Nominations – 12/23

Nominations are now being accepted for annual 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.

We the People Seeks Volunteers – 12/9 & 1/6

Needed: Volunteers to act as judges and timekeepers for We the People district and state competitions.

District Hearings: Friday, Dec. 9 (Snow Date Dec. 12)
9 a.m. to noon (awards to follow).
Legislative Office Building Concord, NH                  

State Finals: Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 (Snow Date Jan. 9)
9 a.m. to noon & 1-4 p.m. (awards to follow last session).
Legislative Office Building Concord, NH  

For more information, contact NHBA LRE Coordinator Robin E. Knippers.

NHBA Inclement Weather Notice

In the event of inclement weather, closings or delayed openings at the NH Bar Center will be communicated via the Bar's website at and on our voicemail greeting at the Bar Center.

If the Bar Center is experiencing a delayed opening, we will be open as soon as is reasonably possible for staff to safely get in to the office. If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center before you head out, at (603) 224-6942.

Casemaker User Tips

NH Bar members have free access to a powerful, easy-to-use online law library – Casemaker.  Here are some tips on using “and” “or” and “not” in searches:
  • And: Enter any number of words, leaving a space between each, and Casemaker retrieves documents which contain all of those words. 
  • Or: You can use cases that mention alternative words. Try using OR. For example alimony OR support will give you cases which mention either word.
  • Not: Are your results giving you a bunch of cases that are not relevant but still contain your terms? Exclude the term that comes up in those irrelevant cases. For example, enter property NOT commercial and your results will be properly filtered.  

Question of the Week

Does the law school someone attended affect how you judge their skills as a lawyer?

Yes             No

All poll responses are anonymous.

Results from last week's poll:

How often do you go to court?

Suggested Reading

Law Firm Launches Consulting for Other Law Firms. This Chicago-based Big Law firm with a Boston office is advising small law firms on mergers, succession and other management issues. Read more.
Pennsylvania Rule Allows New Retirement Route for Solos. Starting this month, a solo can now sell off portions of his or her practice. 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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