NHBA e-Bulletin

Newsletter of the New Hampshire Bar Association

Superior Court Judicial Assignments

Find out where judges are sitting during the first quarter of 2016.

Future of Law is Midyear Meeting Topic

The future of the legal profession is front and center at the 2016 NHBA Midyear Meeting. Morning and afternoon CLE programs at the March 4 meeting in Manchester include panels with national experts who are on top of the emerging trends. The CLEs will feature interactive discussions with panels including LegalZoom CEO John Suh and Suffolk Law School Dean Andrew Perlman, as well as remarks and conversation with NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis and US District Court Chief Judge Joseph Laplante.

Register now for early-bird pricing for the full day of programming PLUS the Honors and Awards Luncheon.

Find out more about the Gender Equality Breakfast (separate ticket).

Judicial Applicants Sought

The Judicial Selection Commission has issued a new call for applications for Superior Court and Circuit Court vacancies, due by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016. The vacancy notice does not specify the number of judicial vacancies for either court; for Circuit Court positions, candidates with family law experience are encouraged to apply.

Please use the revised application form. The vacancy notice also includes instructions for candidates who applied in 2015 on which forms to update in order to reapply.

Retirement Reception for Judge Garfunkel – 1/20

Judge Garfunkel

Hillsborough County Superior Court – Southern Division invites all NH Bar members to a retirement reception for the Hon. David A. Garfunkel from 1-3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Jury Assembly Room at the court, 30 Spring St., Nashua. Questions? Contact Marshall Buttrick.

TextingEthics of Texting Clients

When is it okay to text your clients? What is the best way to preserve those communications? The NHBA Ethics Committee offers this advice in the current issue of Bar News.

Visit the Ethics Committee page for all Formal Opinions and Ethics Corner articles.

Lawyers on Ice:
Hockey Game to Benefit NH Pro Bono – 1/16

Lawyers on IceCheck out the roster and come out to support close to 30 members of the NH Bar Association who will hit the ice at the Verizon Wireless Arena for a charity hockey game to benefit the NH Pro Bono Referral Program.

Tickets are $25 each, which provides entry to the NH Pro Bono Hockey Game and the Monarchs game that follows. The game will be held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH on Jan. 16, 2016, from 4:20-5:20 p.m. The Monarchs game begins at 7 p.m.

To purchase tickets, contact Neil Nicholson at (603) 856-8441 by Jan. 7.

Event sponsors: Connelly Reporting and Videoconferencing; Parnell, Michels & McKay; McCandless & Nicholson; Upton & Hatfield; and Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell.

Attorney Addiction Rates Twice as High

A national study commissioned by the ABA finds the rate of problem drinking among attorneys and other legal professionals (including law students) is more than double that of the general population, and growing. The project surveyed 15,000 lawyers in the US in 2014 and early 2015 regarding a range of addiction and behavioral health issues. The NH Bar Association assisted in circulating the survey to NH Bar members.

Read the ABA Journal report.

Bar Foundation Annual Appeal

There’s still time to contribute to the NH Bar Foundation annual appeal. The foundation is grateful to those who have given this year. Your donations go a long way in supporting civil legal aid for the disadvantaged in New Hampshire. A special thank you to the top donors:

   • Hon. Arthur E. Bean   • Ralph Holmes
   • William L. Chapman   • Adrienne Mallinson
   • Hon. Linda Dalianis   • Susan Manchester
   • Hon. J. Michael Deasy   • Jack B. Middleton
   • Donahue Tucker & Ciandella   • Nixon Vogelman Barry Slawsly & Simoneau
   • Bruce W. Felmly   • James J. Tenn
   • Scott Harris & Karen Horsch   • Jennifer Parent
   • Douglas Hill & Alexandra Breed   • Richard Uchida
   • Jeffrey Hirsch   • Binney and Robert Wells Family Fund

Easily make an online donation or mail a check to NH Bar Foundation Annual Appeal, 2 Pillsbury Street #300, Concord NH 03301.

NHBA Is Social

The NH Bar Association maintains active Facebook and Twitter accounts to provide members with timely association news, court notices and links to news articles of interest to the legal profession. Will you follow along? The Bar Association also is on LinkedIn.

Suggested Reading

NH Supreme Court Immunity Ruling
The NH Supreme Court sided with police in denying an appeal to hold the officers legally responsible for wrongfully arresting a Concord man for a crime that no longer existed. Concord Monitor.

How a Misleading Story Is Changing Immigration Policy
The Atlantic reports that erroneous claims that one of the San Bernardino shooters made public social-media posts about jihad have produced legislation to overhaul the process of screening visas. Read more.

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