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Court Suspended for Midyear Meeting

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The Supreme Court of New Hampshire, pursuant to RSA 490:4, directs that proceedings in every state court in New Hampshire be suspended on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, to facilitate continuing judicial and legal education and to accommodate judges' meetings being held in conjunction with the New Hampshire Bar Association Midyear Meeting.

A judge or master may decide not to suspend proceedings if the judge or master and the lawyers on a case do not plan to attend the meeting, or if the judge or master, in his or her discretion, decides that the efficient administration of the court or ensuring justice in a particular case compels that a case be scheduled for a hearing or trial, or that a hearing or trial continue to be litigated, on that day. Read full order.

Bar News Seeks Criminal Law and Health Law Articles

The January issue of Bar News will feature special sections on criminal law and health law. If you have an idea for an informative article in one of these areas, please contact Jennifer Pinckney by Dec. 4. Articles should be 800-1,000 and will be due Dec. 18.

Pro Bono Opportunities – Year-end Referral Marathons

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‘Tis the season…to make some calls for Pro Bono!

Please consider spending a few hours in the next few weeks helping to refer Pro Bono cases to volunteer attorneys. With staff support, tasty treats and a congenial (and slightly competitive) atmosphere, we typically get a large amount of cases referred out – a big help to the program and to the low-income individuals and families anxiously awaiting legal assistance.

Wednesday, Nov. 29 8:30 a.m. – noon
Wednesday, Dec. 6 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 11: 8:30 a.m. – noon
Monday, Dec. 18: 8:30 a.m. – noon & 1 - 4 p.m.

Questions or to sign up, please contact Margaret. Thank you in advance for your support of Pro Bono!

Gender Equality Survey

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The NH Bar Association’s Gender Equality Committee requests your participation in the Gender Equality Survey. This important survey, conducted each decade, analyzes and reports on progress towards eliminating gender bias in the legal profession.

If you have not receoved the survey, please check your spam folder.

Volunteers Needed for We the People – 12/8 & 1/5

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

NHBA Hockey for Pro Bono Returns

Mark your calendars for the third annual Pro Bono Benefit Hockey Game, scheduled for Jan. 14, 2018, at Saint Anselm College in Goffstown. Teams Liberty and Justice will face off to benefit the Pro Bono Referral Program. Hockey players interested in getting in the game and firms or businesses that would like to become game sponsors should contact Rory Parnell.

Jan. 14, 2018
2 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.

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.

Suggested Reading

Found: A Cuneiform Marriage Contract That Addresses Infertility and Surrogacy
What a 4,000-year-old Assyrian tablet says about marriage and infertility. Read more.

How to Get Technologically Competent
Bob Ambrogi writes about initiatives aimed at helping attorneys meet the duty of competence in tech. 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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Inclement Weather Notice

In the event of inclement weather, closings or delayed openings at the Bar Center will be communicated via the Bar's website 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 ay 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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