In This Issue:

Board Nominations Open for 2017

The NH Bar Association is seeking nominations for positions on the NHBA Board of Governors for the membership year starting in June 2017. The petition is available on the Bar's website.

The membership will elect two at-large governors. These board seats carries a three-year term.

Nomination for Vice President (one-year term) will also be made by petition.

Members in Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Merrimack and Rockingham counties must nominate county governors, each for a two-year term. In addition, Sullivan County members must nominate a governor for the 1 year remaining in the 2-year term because the governor appointed last year has moved, so is not eligible to serve. County Governor nominations require 10 signatures from voting members in the particular county; officer and at-large petitions require 25 signatures.

Petitions are due March 1, 2017; election to be through online ballots sent to eligible members starting April 1. For information about serving on the Board, contact NHBA Executive Director Jeannine McCoy.

LRS Needs Immigration Lawyers

If you are an immigration lawyer looking to build your client base, the NHBA Lawyer Referral Service can help. LRS connects more than 3,000 callers annually with member attorneys, who reach more clients through our careful call-screening process and prudent referrals. With an annual membership fee of just $75 and 10 percent of net collected fees, you can start taking advantage of LRS’s many benefits.

It’s easy to join, just go to your member dashboard at and fill out an LRS Membership Application today, or email For more information, contact Sheila Vermacy at (603) 715-3235.

Can You Help These Pro Bono Clients?

Two clients of the NHBA Pro Bono Program’s Low-Income Taxpayer Project are awaiting assistance:

A Cheshire County client whose business has stalled needs help obtaining currently-not-collectible status and possibly an offer-in-compromise. His tax debt has mounted to over $10,000, despite his attempts to resolve issues with the IRS, which recently issued a notice of intent to levy.  

A client in Rockingham County received an audit notice for 2015. Issues appear to be child-related tax benefits. Client seeks legal assistance with the audit and any resulting IRS controversy.

Please contact Margaret for more information on these.

Supreme Court Society Oral History Project

The New Hampshire Supreme Court Society has launched its new website and has posted two videos from the ongoing Oral History Project.

Started by the NH Bar Foundation, the Society took over the project several years ago and has been working with attorneys and judges to interview members of New Hampshire’s bench and bar. The first two videos, now available on the site, feature NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis and former NH Attorney General Phillip McLaughlin.

To hear more from the chief justice, look out for the Dec. 21 issue of the New Hampshire Bar News, which features a wide-ranging interview with the head of the NH Judicial Branch.

Federal Court Local Rule Amendment – 12/17

The US District Court for the District of NH is amending local rule 67.2 to change the fees charged to funds that the court holds in the Court Registry Investment System (CRIS). The fee change is mandated by the Judicial Conference of the United States, effective Dec. 1, 2016.

Read the full notice and send any comments to Pam Phelan by Dec. 17.

Question of the Week

What questions would you like to ask your fellow New Hampshire attorneys? Send suggestions to

Results from last week's poll:

Which historical figure in law would you most like to have dinner with?

Suggested Reading

The Great AI Awakening.
The New York Times Magazine reports on Google and the future of computing. Read more.

Women in History: Lawyers and Judges.
This interesting 2015 post from the Library of Congress lists prominent historical women lawyers and judges by country. 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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