December 4, 2013
In this Issue
Frederic K. Upton, 94, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2.
A past president of the NH Bar and an icon of the legal community, Upton was 94.
His obituary has not yet been published; a memorial service is planned for Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Park Street, Concord.
More details will be posted when available.
The New Hampshire Bar Association will hold a special business meeting and budget information session at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Bar Center, 2 Pillsbury St., Concord.
All members are invited to attend and vote on proposed amendments to the NHBA Bylaws and Constitution and receive information about the association budget adopted for FY2014. Proposed amendments include the addition of an "out-of-state" board seat to the NHBA Board of Governors.Read text and explanation of amendments
and learn more about the budget in Bar News
The Merrimack County Registry of Deeds will be installing a new computer system with enhanced search features on Monday, Dec. 16.
The new system has an index that will show all names associated with each document, and there will only be one database showing both verified and unverified index data. New search capabilities include a consideration (purchase price) search and a street search. The new system also enables document linking.
Software developer Pioneer Technology and staff are holding formal, one-hour training sessions this week, from Dec. 4 -Dec. 6, at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Due to the transition, the Merrimack County Register of Deeds will not be accepting ERecordings after 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12. The existing website will be down as of Friday, Dec. 13.
Access to the new website, merrimackcountydeedsnh.com
, will be free for existing account holders with credit balances during the startup and learning phase. Other users must register for the site. Please note that this link will not work until the site goes live on Dec. 16.
The NH Civil Liberties Union holds its annual meeting from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrot Ave., Portsmouth. The public is invited.
The meeting includes a showing of the brief documentary, Defending Gideon
, followed by a panel discussion on whether all people in New Hampshire are able to access legal counsel and the courts 50 years after Gideon v. Wainright
For more information call Sheila Pappas at 603-225-3080.
The New Hampshire Bar Association seeks nominations for the following awards, which will be presented at the NHBA Midyear Meeting on Friday, March 7, 2014:Vickie M. Bunnell Award for Community Service
Presented to an attorney from a small firm (four or fewer attorneys), who has exhibited dedication and devotion to community by giving of their time and talents - legal or otherwise. Distinguished Service to the Public Award
Presented to the nominee who best exhibits service to the public on behalf of the administration of justice. Outstanding Service in Public Sector/Public Interest Law Award
Presented to a member of the New Hampshire Bar, or an organization employing eligible members, who, at the time of the nomination, has at least five years of service, up to and including the time of the nomination, in government service, military service, law enforcement, public interest law services (including prosecution, public defense, legal advocacy in low-income communities, or for individuals with disabilities at a nonprofit organization), or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Qualified individuals/organizations may be nominated more than once. Nomination forms
and more information are available on the NHBA website. All nominations should be submitted by Dec. 20, to NHBA MYM Award, 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301-3502.
Who might qualify? See descriptions of last year's recipients
A retirement party for US District Court Clerk Jim Starr, celebrating his 35 years of service to the state and federal judiciaries, takes place starting at 5 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2014, at the Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., Concord.
There will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. To RSVP, please send a check of $25 per person (payable to: "Jim Starr Retirement") to US District Court; 55 Pleasant St., Room 110, Concord, NH 03301. Attn: Debbie Eastman-Proulx. Deadline is Dec. 30.
Do you have a few hours to volunteer this holiday season at the Bar Center to help Pro Bono place cases? Please consider helping at one or more of the three Pro Bono year-end referral marathons on Thursday, Dec. 12, Tuesday, Dec. 17, or Friday, Dec. 20.
These marathons have successfully placed hundreds of clients with Pro Bono volunteer attorneys over the years. All it takes is your commitment of a few hours to come in and place calls to other volunteer attorneys. Pro Bono staff will provide the cases, the phones, and the lists of potential volunteers to call.
To sign up for a morning or afternoon session, or to learn more, please email Carolann Wooding
Bar News is interested in compiling a blog roll and writing about NH Bar members' blogs, whether they are law-related or not. We follow a number of NH lawyers on Twitter - but perhaps you have escaped our notice. Let us know what you are doing in the world of social media, and what this participation is doing to benefit you.
Contact email@example.com with your links, Twitter handles, and your thoughts.
In the meantime, be sure to check out the ABA's venerable 7th annual list of the top 100 "blawgs" (blogs about the law - get it?).
The IRS is hosting free webinars on the Affordable Care Act. The webinars cover:
* Health insurance marketplace
* Premium tax credit overview, eligibility, advance payment and credit amount
* Individual shared responsibility, minimal essential coverage, coverage exemptions, and reporting There is also an open Q&A portion. (Note: All sessions will cover the same materials; you only need to register for one event.) To register for this event, use one of the following links:
Not for CLE credit.
Join the NHWBA at noon on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, 1000 Elm St., 17th floor, in Manchester, for a free lunch-and-learn session about information management and the preservation and collection of discoverable electronic data. Target Litigation Consulting will lead this one-hour tutorial on the ins and outs of eDiscovery. Enjoy a catered lunch while you learn ways to improve your practice as it pertains to electronic data that can be used as evidence. To register for this program, please email NHWBA Executive Director Gretchen Pyles
by Dec. 2. Not for CLE credit.
The next meeting of the Real Property Law Section will be 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14. Location to be announced. It will be primarily a social gathering of members after the holidays. Additional details will be forthcoming to section members. (Customarily, the e-Bulletin is not used for section announcements, but difficulties with the e-mailing list prompted this message.)
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