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Volunteers Needed: Decision Summaries

New Hampshire Bar News is looking for volunteer contributors to its “NH Supreme Court At-a-Glance” feature. Each volunteer is assigned a month and summarizes all NH Supreme Court decisions issued during that month, for publication in the next month’s Bar News. Summaries must be short and focus on the holdings. If you are interested, please contact Donna Parker for more information or to volunteer.

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.
Awards to follow last session

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.


First Amendment in Public Schools – 11/2

Join the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education (NHICE) for a very special evening focusing on the First Amendment in Public Schools: You Don't Lose Your Rights at the Schoolhouse Gate on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium.

NHICE is collaborating with the NH Council for the Social Studies and NH Humanities to host this discussion led by Mary Beth and John Tinker of the Student Press Law Center, Cathy Kuhlmeier Frey, and David Hudson. The Tinkers (pictured above), who are siblings, and Frey were the catalysts for landmark cases on students' First Amendment rights. Hudson is an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School.

This event is free and open to all, but tickets are required. Reserve your seats today.

Suggested Reading

Facing the Inevitable: Succession Management is Today’s Leadership Challenge.
The National Law Review looks at the cultural implications of succession management. Read more.

Fear Artificial Intelligence, or Not?
Jim Calloway, an attorney and director of the Oklahoma Bar’s Management Assistance Program, writes about different perspectives of AI on his blog, Law Practice Tips. 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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