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Last Call for Award Nominations - 12/23

Help recognize excellence in New Hampshire law practice. This week is your last chance to submit a nomination for one of the NH Bar Association’s 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 by Friday, Dec. 23, 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.

2016 Final Pro Bono Appeal

As the year winds down, there are still some Pro Bono clients anxiously awaiting legal assistance:

  • Debt collection: client being sued by former landlord in small-claims court; mediation in January - Portsmouth District Division.
  • Housing:
    • Landlord/Tenant – clients in Strafford, Coos and Hillsborough North need help defending against eviction.  
    • Public Housing – client in Nashua threatened with eviction.
  • Estate planning/Elder Law: client in Hooksett needs legal advice regarding house. Has estate-planning documents in place.
  • Family:
    • Unfiled divorce: clients in Tilton, New Ipswich (Jaffrey Family Division), Bedford, Manchester (3 clients) – all awaiting an attorney to file for them.
    • Parenting – filed cases – domestic violence present:   
      • Client in the Seacoast area, one child; opposing party is represented and has filed a parenting plan.
      • Unwed parenting, one child; case is in Laconia Family Division. Mediation is pending, not yet scheduled. Opposing party has attorney.
      • Client with one child, case is in Hooksett Family Division; hearing in February.

The staff at the NH Bar Association wishes to thank to all those members who have taken Pro Bono cases this year. These volunteer efforts are much appreciated by the Pro Bono program and the clients who can’t afford to hire a lawyer.

Please contact Margaret if you would like to help one of these clients or for more information.

Bar News Seeks Tax Law and Trust/Estate Articles

Bar News seeks practical articles on aspects of tax law and trusts and estates for special sections in the February and March issues. Contact Editor Kristen Senz as soon as possible with your article ideas and for more information, or consult the editorial submission guidelines.

Law School Alumni Reunions

The NH Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting presents the perfect opportunity to reunite with fellow alumni of your law school. Law schools are invited to host dinners in conjunction with the meeting, which is scheduled for Friday, March 10, at the Radisson Hotel/Center of NH in Manchester, NH. 

NHBA staff assists dinner organizers by providing restaurant info, a sample invitation letter and response form, and alumni mailing labels from the Bar’s member database. Dinner details are also published in Bar News and e-Bulletin.

So far, UNH Law, Suffolk University Law School, and Northeastern Law School are planning dinners. Details and contact information. Interested in coordinating a law school dinner for your alumni? Please contact Lisa Boisvert.

No NHBA e-Bulletin Next Week

Due to the upcoming holidays, there will be no e-Bulletin newsletter next Wednesday, Dec. 28. The newsletter will resume in 2017.

The Bar Center will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 27 in observance of the holidays, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 27. The Bar Center will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, in observance of the new year.

We hope everyone has a healthy and safe holiday season. See you next year!

ESQSites Updated Offerings

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NH Superior Court Judicial Assignments

Find out which judge will hear your case over the next few months. Judicial Assignments.

NH e-Court Workshops – 1/18 & 2/14

NH e-Court Project officials are holding a workshop for attorneys and support staff to learn tips and tools for using the NH Judicial Branch electronic case-filing system from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, and Tuesday, Feb. 14. Members and/or paralegals and support staff should contact Kim Brackett to sign up.

Following those sessions, there will be more in-depth trainings for trust and estate practitioners, in advance of the planned launch of estate cases online in May.

The Court is looking for training sites with videoconferencing capabilities where those sessions can be held.

Veterans Need Help After ITT Bankruptcy

Veterans Education Success currently seeks licensed lawyers in New Hampshire to provide free assistance to deserving military veterans to help them apply for their rights for certain federal Education Department programs and the ITT Tech bankruptcy proceedings. VES provides training, instructions and a sample ITT Bankruptcy claim form. 

The help is needed ASAP, over the next two to three weeks, as the window to apply for these rights is likely ending soon.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Margaret at the NHBA Pro Bono Program.

Suggested Reading

Christmas Weed.
This pair of Texas lawyers has gained a following for their fun and educational videos with titles like, “Don’t eat your weed.” Here, they alter the lyrics of popular Christmas tunes. See more.

Suit over loan forgiveness program requirements was filed Tuesday. Read coverage by the New York Times here.

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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Legal Briefs, Oral Argument, Research for Trials and Appeals, contact Joshua Gordon at 603-226-4225 or visit his website.

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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