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Register for Midyear Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2018 Midyear Meeting! The meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH in Manchester.

This year’s meeting will focus on the rule of law and civics engagement. Anyone who is interested in how the rule of law failed to prevent the holocaust and the horrible consequences of that failure should attend. Lessons from the past should inform us about the present and the future. If you are interested in or concerned about civics and civics engagement today, you should attend this meeting.

Register online or download a printable registration form.

Learn more about the Gender Equality Breakfast below.

Gender Equality Breakfast

Joni Esperian
Joni Esperian

The Gender Equality Breakfast has become a must-attend event for attorneys working in all areas of the law and in various practice settings, as a way to connect with colleagues and support the work of the Gender Equality Committee.

The meeting will include presentation of the Hollman Gender Equality Award. This year's recipient, Joni N. Esperian, is the Executive Director of the NH Commission for Human Rights in Concord. Prior to holding this position, she worked as a trial lawyer in state and federal courts. Volunteering her time to improve practice is a way of life for Esperian. She was a founding member of the NH Women’s Bar Association and has served as its president. Read more.

Tickets for the breakfast are $15. The breakfast is not included with the regular meeting registration and is always a sell out. Register online.

Friday
Feb. 16, 2018
7:15 - 8:30 a.m.

Bar News Seeks Tax Law Articles

The February issue of Bar News will feature a special section on tax law. If you have an idea for an informative article in one of these areas, please contact Donna Parker by Jan. 15. Articles should be 800-1,000 and will be due Jan. 29.

IOLTA Grants Committee Nominations

NOMINATIONS ARE SOUGHT for those interested in serving on the NH Bar Foundation’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Grants Committee. There is one five-year term open on the committee. Interested candidates should complete the Nomination Form and return it to the Bar Center by December 29, 2017.

Nominees must be a NH licensed attorney actively participating in the IOLTA program either on their own or through their firm.  Attorneys are permitted to nominate themselves. 
 
Members of the IOLTA Grants Committee meet once or twice a year to review IOLTA grant applications, meet with the applicants and provide their recommendations to the NH Bar Foundation Board of Directors for distribution of funds.
 
Since 1998, the IOLTA program has provided more than $33 million in support of important legal access programs and to assist law-related education projects.

For more information, contact Lisha Brosseau, 715-3210.

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.

Spectators welcome – only $5 at the door! Join us to cheer for Teams Liberty & Justice, and help support the Pro Bono Program!

Sunday
Jan. 14, 2018
2 p.m.

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.

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.

Currently Planned Events

Northeastern University
School of Law

Details TBD
Contact: Talesha Saint-Marc

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!

University of New Hampshire
School of Law

February 16, 2018 - 6-8 p.m.
Waterworks Café
Contact: Caroline K. Leonard
UNH Law Dean Megan Carpenter will be in attendance!
RSVP Online

Bar Center Holiday Hours & Newsletter Schedule

Due to the upcoming holidays, there will be no e-Bulletin newsletter next Wednesday, Dec. 27. The newsletter will resume in 2018.

The Bar Center will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Dec. 26 in observance of the holidays, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27. The Bar Center will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of the new year.

We wish you all a healthy and safe holiday season.

FROM THE COURT

Notice of Supreme Court Vacancy

With the retirement of Chief Justice Linda Dalianis effective April 1, 2018, the Judicial Selection Commission will accept applications for her replacement by January 8, 2018. Anyone who previously applied need only update the information previously filed. Learn more.

US District Court: Proposed Amendment to Local Rule

Pursuant to LR 1.2(b), the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire gives notice that it intends to amend LR 17.1 regarding Settlements on Behalf of Minors. The current and proposed amended rules are available online.

All comments, including suggestions or other correspondence, related to this amendment may be made before January 17, 2018, and directed to Pamela E. Phelan, Chief Deputy Clerk, or U.S. District Court, Warren B. Rudman U.S. Courthouse, 55 Pleasant Street, Room 110, Concord, NH 03301-3941.

Suggested Reading

How to Start a Sentence
Bryan Garner, in his On Words column, says to consider all your alternatives, and sprinkle in some conjunctions, too. Read more.

What's A Lawyer Worth?
Self-regulation perpetuated 'bespoke myth,' op-ed says. Read at Forbes.com.

Top Ten North American Legal Innovators
From upstarts to long-time leaders, the standout legal sector trailblazers, according to Financial Times. 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.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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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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