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  • Friday, April 15, 2022 10:18 AM | Christine Hilliard (Administrator)

    The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA), a 501(c)(6) non-profit professional association, promotes and supports the advancement and interests of women in the legal community through leadership, professional interaction, education, and the exchange of ideas between our members and the community.  The NHWBA was founded in 1998 as a voluntary membership organization.

    The Executive Assistant (“EA”) position supports the programming and operations of the NHWBA.  The EA’s duties include assisting the NHWBA’s Board and Committees with administrative, marketing, communication tasks, and event planning.  The EA reports to the all-volunteer Board of Directors and is directly supervised by the Vice President.  The EA is responsible for supporting the Board’s consistent achievement of the NHWBA’s mission, and must have a full understanding of the Association’s mission, values, vision, goals, finances, budgeting, and cash flow. 

    This is a part-time position, and hourly requirements vary each month depending on the activities of the organization.  The position requires: the ability to work remotely with minimal daily supervision or oversight; internet access; and limited travel within New Hampshire to attend meetings and events, mostly in the Concord and Manchester areas.  A computer and external hard-drive will be provided.  The EA’s work hours are flexible, and do not need to be, but may be performed at the same time every week.

    Position qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree preferred; J.D. or J.D.-anticipated preferred
    • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight.
    • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
    • Strong interpersonal skills to develop and maintain productive communications and relationship with NHWBA members, sponsors, judges, and other key contacts.
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage many projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to learn new communication platforms and software quickly.
    • Proficient with social media to promote events and engage NHWBA members.

    Additional Desired Skill Sets:

    •  Experience with event planning and management, including obtaining cost estimates, drafting proposals, and adhering to budgetary constraints.
    • Experience working with a legal trade or professional association, law-related nonprofit and/or legal professionals generally.
    • Experience working closely with an organization’s Board of Directors
    • Experience with public relations, fundraising, marketing, and use of social media to promote the work of the NHWBA and expand membership.
    • Experience using website content management systems or publishing platforms such as WordPress and communication tools such as Wild Apricot.

    General Position Description:

    The NHWBA is seeking well-qualified candidates to apply for its Executive Assistant position.  This part-time position is estimated to require 7-12 hours per week; hours will vary depending on the time of year and activities of the organization, and there is no minimum guarantee of hours.  Hourly compensation will be commensurate with experience, and pre-approved out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed.  No benefits are provided.  Compensation, job description, and benefits may change as the organization and position grow.  

    How to Apply:

    Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and references to Christina Ferrari at cferrari@bernsteinshur.com, and include “NHWBA EA position” in the subject line. 

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will remain open until the position is filled. 


  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021 9:43 AM | Anonymous

    New Hampshire attorney Samantha D. Elliott was recently nominated by President Biden for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire

    The New Hampshire Women's Bar Association submitted a letter on her behalf to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which you can read below.

    You can also watch a recording of the hearing here. The discussion of her nomination begins at 30:24.

  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:34 PM | Meredith Goldstein (Administrator)

    Below is our letter to the judiciary regarding the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on New Hampshire legal practice.

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:35 PM | Anonymous
    For more information, contact:
    Meredith R. Farrell
    Public Relations Chair
    mfarrell@orr-reno.com
    (603) 223-9183

    For Immediate Release:

    New Hampshire Courts Announce New Lactation Room Policy

    As a result of a partnership with the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, the New Hampshire Judicial Branch has put into place a new policy to accommodate legal professionals who need a space to express milk while attending hearings, trials, or conducting other business at any of the courthouses within the State Court System. While limitations within the courthouses limit specific designated spaces, attorneys, paralegals, or legal assistants who need lactation space can now speak to the Clerk of Court for the specific court they are attending and request that access to a space be set aside for lactation. If possible, the request should be made forty-eight (48) hours in advance to allow time for the Clerk to set aside an appropriate room. The Clerk will inform the legal professional where the room is located, and it will be equipped with a sign for privacy, have a chair and outlet, and when possible, also be equipped with a lock. The Clerks are all aware of this policy and the importance of designating a clean and private room away from the public, and they are happy to work with attorneys to coordinate.

    To find the Clerk of Court for the courthouse you will be attending, please follow this link and select the courthouse that you will be attending: https://www.courts.state.nh.us/courtlocations/.

    The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association is a statewide bar association founded to promote and support the advancement and interests of women in the legal community through leadership, professional interaction, education and the exchange of ideas between its members and the community. For more information about the NHWBA, please go to www.nhwba.org.

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:55 PM | Meredith Goldstein (Administrator)
    Icon. Firebrand. Champion. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was all of these and more. Justice Ginsburg served 27 years on the United States Supreme Court, until her passing yesterday, September 18, 2020. The NHWBA mourns the loss of such a legal titan and stalwart advocate for equality.

    Despite graduating first in her class at Columbia Law in 1959, Justice Ginsburg had a hard time finding work after graduation because: 1) she was a mother; and 2) she was a woman.

    In 1965, Justice Ginsburg wore her mother-in-law’s clothing to her job as a professor at Rutgers Law, for fear of not having her contract renewed while she was pregnant with her second child.

    Justice Ginsburg worked tirelessly to advance women’s rights. In 1970, she co-founded The Women’s Rights Law Reporter, the first law journal in the United States to focus exclusively on women’s rights. In 1972, she co-founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project. Between 1973 and 1976, she argued six gender discrimination cases before SCOTUS, winning five of them. Justice Ginsburg carved a significant path for women through her Equal Protection Clause arguments. These efforts had the effect of discouraging lawmakers from treating men and women differently under the law.

    In 1993, President Clinton nominated Justice Ginsburg to the United States Supreme Court. She was the second woman, after Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, to serve on the Court.

    Justice Ginsburg believed that the law was gender-blind. The 87-year old justice is quoted as having said, “I ask no favor for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks.”

    In 2015, Justice Ginsburg said that she was sometimes asked when there would be enough women on SCOTUS. Her response: “When there are nine.” She explained that this shocked people, “but there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

    We will remember you, Justice Ginsburg, as someone who used her substantial talents to do her work to the best of her ability. You paved the way for all of us.

    RIP, RBG.



  • Monday, September 14, 2020 10:22 PM | Meredith Goldstein (Administrator)

    In July, the American Bar Association released a formal opinion regarding Model Rule 8.4(g) which prohibits a lawyer from engaging in conduct that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know is harassment or discrimination on the basis of various categories, including race, sex, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation. The full opinion can be found at https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/professional_responsibility/aba-formal-opinion-493.pdf

  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA) condemns the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others at the hands of systemic racial injustice that pervades our country and communities. Racism, intolerance, oppression, and hate have no place in our society, and we cannot stand silent. Gender equity does not exist in a vacuum – it goes hand in hand with racial equity, and we must stand as effective allies with the Black men, women, and children who are affected by such racism, intolerance, oppression, and hate.

    We must say their names as we renew our commitment to advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession and beyond:

    Their lives matter. As attorneys, we have certain privilege and obligation to speak up and fight for those who cannot, which includes those who are suffering at the hands of inequity and injustice. We must work together to become stronger allies for our colleagues, friends, and neighbors who are marginalized, and to use our voices to fight against racial inequity not only in the legal profession, but in all aspects of our society. We must call out racism for what it is when it happens, and continue to strive for human rights regardless of skin color and equal justice under the law.

    We urge you to join us in a call to action for the New Hampshire legal community to use our resources, skills, and time to make change and to be anti-racist. Here are a few resources to get you started:

    Educate: Watch, read, and listen…

    Ms. JD Virtual Toolkit: Allyship in the Legal Profession: In this webinar, you are invited to learn about what allyship means and how to be an ally for Black people in the legal profession from Ms. JD Co-Founder Jessie Kornberg in conversation with Ms. JD Board Chair Maleaha Brown.

    How to be an Antiracist, with Ibram X. Kendi

    Films:

    Podcasts:

    Advocate and Donate

    National Organizations:

    New Hampshire Organizations:

    In solidarity,

    The New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association Board of Directors

    Image Credit: BabyNames.com

  • Tuesday, April 21, 2020 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    How are you, really?

    We know our members are all facing new challenges during this confusing time, and we want to learn how you would like us to help.

    Please fill out this short survey by April 29th letting us know how you're doing and your ideas for how we can support you.

    And if you haven't had a chance yet, please check out the COVID-19 resources page on our website.

    Thank you and stay safe!

  • Monday, March 23, 2020 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on UnsplashThe New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association has pulled together a list of resources for our community members, both lawyer and non-lawyer, with a focus on providing information for small business owners, such as solo practitioners and small firm members, who may be disparately impacted by the effects of COVID-19.

    Information on the spread of COVID-19 and what you should do to limit exposure or if you exhibit symptoms

    Information regarding the New Hampshire state government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including executive orders, and the New Hampshire federal and state court system updates

    Resources for attorneys, employees, and business owners

    Resources for Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family

  • Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:42 PM | Anonymous

    We've made the decision to cancel our upcoming book club meetings in an effort to practice social distancing.

    While you're cooped up at home, you can read our next couple of picks so you'll be ready for when we resume this monthly event. Here are the next two books:

    If you'd like to join to email distribution list so you'll hear first about when our next book club meeting will be held, please email Caroline Leonard. Happy reading!

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