Membership in one or more of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s sections provides an opportunity for improving knowledge and skills in a particular practice area. Over 2,000 NHBA members currently belong to one or more of the Bar’s 23 sections, which cover a wide array of practice areas from family law to utilities law.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
This section was formed in February 2001. It provides a forum for discussing alternative dispute resolution in New Hampshire, including training for mediators/arbitrators, ethical rule issues, mediation rules such as the adoption of the Uniform Mediation Act, rules for the R170 mediators, and mediation rules for probate courts and marital courts. This section also informs the Bar about alternative dispute resolution procedures, rules, and precedents nationally and internationally.
Formed in July 1989, this section holds two or three meetings annually, allowing its members to informally discuss topics and procedures relative to the litigation of business-related matters.
This section was formed in February 2005. The section seeks to improve the professional knowledge and skills of its members in relation to children’s legal issues by sharing information involved in legal advocacy for children and through gathering and facilitating the dissemination of information relating to issues confronting children in the legal system.
The object of this section is the improvement of the professional knowledge and skills of its members in relation to condominium and homeowner associations.
Corporation, Banking & Business Law
This section meets periodically to discuss issues of mutual interest. The section also advises members of regional CLE programs in specialized areas of business law, monitors pending legislation affecting this practice area, and contributes articles to Bar News and Bar Journal regarding related issues.
Membership in this section consists of attorneys who are prosecutors and defense lawyers, in both the private and public sector, and those interested in this area of law.
Environmental & Natural Resources Law
Established in 1988, this section has more than 100 members. Meeting monthly, the section focuses on discussing the effects of N.H. environmental laws, developing CLE programs to assist lawyers in understanding and applying state and federal natural resource statutes and related administrative rules, developing a public education program to instruct interested non-lawyers in their rights and obligations in this area of the law, and meeting with natural science professionals to assure that state environmental laws conform as nearly as possible to scientific principles.
This section, with over 400 members, provides a variety of opportunities for members to improve their professional knowledge. The section meets periodically to discuss issues of concern. It also provides input to the courts on such matters as proposed rules changes, and acts as a channel of communication between the judiciary, legislature, state agencies, and the Bar, on matters of common concern.
Established in 1999, this section was formed to help improve the professional knowledge and skills of its members in relation to practice before the Federal Courts in New Hampshire and the First Circuit. In addition the section hopes to provide a forum for discussion between Bar and bench members and help develop a dialog to improve that relationship.
This section, established in 1996, provides members with opportunities to improve their professional knowledge and skills in the practice of health law. Membership in the section consists of attorneys who represent health care providers, health care organizations, insurers and managed care plans, health care consumers or just have an interest in legal issues affecting health care.
This is the Bar’s newest section, having been formed for 2013. This section was established to help improve the professional knowledge and skills of its members related to insurance law, insurance coverage litigation, and insurance law practice issues. The section’s objectives include providing a forum for idea exchanges among members on emerging insurance law issues, contributing articles to NHBA publications, becoming a resource on insurance-related topics, particularly for private practitioners and in-house counsel, but also for insurance professionals and insurance brokers and agents. This section plans to meet quarterly and held its inaugural meeting in January 2013.
Intellectual Property Law
Formed in 1996, this section is looking to create, through regular meetings, a dialogue among academics, in-house counsel, and members of large and small firms in the practice areas of patent, trademark, copyright, licensing, trade secrets and other technology-related law.
Established in 2004, this section’s mission is to enhance the understanding of international law, to promote the rule of law, to educate and to keep the New Hampshire legal community informed of important legal developments across the world, and to provide guidance and support on a wide range of international issues, including trade, immigration, and international human rights law.
Labor & Employment Law
This section coordinates several substantive programs each year regarding current labor topics. With over 150 members, the section provides a means for sharing information among those who work as representatives for management, workers, and as neutrals.
Mental & Physical Disabilities Law
This section offers meetings which provide a forum for members to discuss topics of interest and exchange information pertaining to new developments in providing representation to individuals with disabilities.
The goal of the section is to educate the Bar relative to military legal issues arising under federal and state law affecting soldiers and their families. These issues are arising with greater frequency in the United States given the high level of deployment of active and reserve military personnel post 9/11. Created in 2004, this section has also encouraged and helped orchestrate the delivery of volunteer legal services by members of the Bar to soldiers and their families during mobilization.
Municipal & Governmental Law
With over 175 members, this section meets ten times a year to discuss topics of mutual interest. These topics include an annual legislative update, discussion of town meeting issues and municipal utilities, among others.
Public Sector Law
This section was established in 1996. It was formed to conduct discussions and education sessions on issues of common interest to public sector attorneys.
Real Property Law
In existence for more than twenty-five years, this section has grown to approximately 500 members. Monthly meetings focus on improving the professional knowledge and skills of members in relation to this area of law. The section also updates the Title Examination Standards, which were first adopted in 1954 and are reviewed annually by the section and its Title Standards Committee.
Telecommunications, Energy & Utilities
This section was formed to bring together attorneys and other professionals who work regularly in the various areas of utility law. Meetings allow members to share information regarding current developments in utility regulation, including new legislation and activities of the Public Utilities Commission.
This section meets regularly and co-sponsors an annual “Tax Forum” with the NH Society of CPAs. Members also serve as resources to Bar members on tax-related questions, contribute articles to the Bar Journal and participate in state and regional meetings between practitioners, the IRS and state tax authorities.
Trust and Estate Law
Established to deal with all trust and estate issues, including those related to estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate litigation, fiduciary, income and transfer taxes, long term care, disability and special needs planning and charitable organizations. The section meets monthly to discuss these issues and to hear from leading attorneys and other professionals on developments in the law and on issues of importance to section members.
This section usually meets quarterly to update members on changes and recent developments in this area of the law.
Benefits of Section Membership
- A place for members to pursue their interests in specific areas of law, share professional experiences
- Notice of and participation at meetings / social events
- Networking opportunities – we especially encourage newer lawyers who would like to meet and interact with other members in their practice area
- Continuing legal education opportunities (some sections offer up to two or three free one-hour CLEs to their members)
- Opportunities to hear speakers and discuss with colleagues timely issues impacting their practice area
- Private online discussion forums for each section, where members can share expertise, ask questions, and connect with other attorneys with the same area of interest.
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