Concord, NH –

The New Hampshire Bar Association is pleased to announce the roster of speakers for its virtual Midyear Meeting, to be held on Friday, February 18, 2022. The meeting’s theme, Shaping the Future of Law & Society, provides the framework for a robust program.

NHBA Executive Director George Moore and Bar President Richard Guerriero will greet attendees, followed by opening remarks by New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Gordon MacDonald.

The meeting will also feature four distinguished attorneys who will discuss a wide range of important and timely topics:


Lisa Bragança is an attorney from Skokie, Illinois who helps defrauded investors recover losses and firms in federal and state financial regulatory investigations. Prior to this, Braganca was the Branch Chief in the Division of Enforcement of the Chicago Office of the Securities & Exchange Commission. Her talk, titled, “Thinking of Accepting Bitcoin as Payment? What Lawyers Need to Know,” will cover what attorneys need to know before accepting payments for services or payments of retainers in a cryptocurrency.

Patrick Jaicomo is an attorney with the Institute for Justice and one of the leaders of the IJ’s project on Immunity and Accountability. In November 2020 he argued Brownback v. King before the U.S. Supreme Court. His talk, “The Past, Present, and Future of Qualified Immunity,” will cover the 1982 doctrine of immunity created by the Supreme Court to shield government workers from liability for constitutional violations and will dissect what has become one of the most important, and misunderstood, features of modern civil rights litigation.

Ellen (Ellie) Krug is an attorney and the author of Getting to Ellen: A Memoir about Love, Honesty and Gender Change (2013). In 2009, Krug transitioned from male to female and later became one of the few attorneys nationally to try jury cases in separate genders. Her talk, “Gray Area Thinking,” will raise the questions,”what does it really mean to make a workplace or organization, or even our personal lives, more diverse and inclusive?” and “how can we make the legal profession more inclusive of those who are “other” and different from “us”?”

Kenneth. R. Feinberg is one of the nation’s leading experts in alternative dispute resolution. He has served as Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Department of Justice Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism Fund, and the Department of Justice Boeing 737 Max Crash Victim Beneficiaries Compensation Fund, to name just a few. His talk is titled “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges.” He will discuss the ethical issues that arise in the settlement of mass claims, and will focus on well-known programs such as the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the BP Oil Spill Fund in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Boston Marathon bombings. Feinberg was also the focus of the recent Netflix movie “Worth.”

Registration for the 2022 Virtual Midyear Meeting opens in January 2022. For additional information, visit

About The New Hampshire Bar Association

The New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA; Concord, NH; is a non-profit 501(c)(6), court-mandated organization. Its members are all attorneys licensed to practice in the state, as well as all New Hampshire judges. Founded in 1873, the NHBA serves our members, the public, the justice system, and the profession.