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  • 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 Farrell (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
    (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 Farrell (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 Farrell (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



    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!

  • Monday, June 03, 2019 8:56 PM | Anonymous

    Now Accepting Ricker Award Nominations 

    Since 2000, the Marilla M. Ricker Achievement Award has been presented annually at NHWBA's Fall Reception. Its recipients are women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence, and paved the way to success for other women lawyers, or advanced opportunities for women in the legal profession, and/or performed exemplary public service on behalf of women.

    You can learn more about Marilla M. Ricker, a woman of many New Hampshire legal firsts, here.

    Nominations for the 2019 Ricker Award will be accepted through June 28, 2019. Learn more about how to nominate a woman lawyer at our website.


    NHWBA Fights Discrimination in NH Bar

    NHWBA submitted final comments to the New Hampshire Supreme Court on Proposed Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g). Click here to view them.

    Thank you to all our members and friends who have worked on this important issue over the last several months, and especially to those who recently submitted comments themselves.

    We are hoping for an outcome that will appropriately address the endemic issue of harassment and discrimination in the profession.


    NHWBA Members in the Media 

    NHWBA member Donna Brown (right) of Wadleigh, Starr & Peters was recently featured in a New Hampshire Public Radio article called "Some Say Untapped Workers Are Plentiful, Could Help Ease N.H.'s Labor Shortage" and was also on The Exchange.

    Sustaining member Professor Lucy Hodder, Director of Health Law and Policy at the UNH Law's Institute for Health Policy and Practice, was also recently on NHPR's The Exchange to discuss Hospital Mergers In New Hampshire.

    And NHWBA member Jacqueline Botchman of McLane Middleton, was recently published in the NH Business Review with an article entitled, "Court’s LGBTQ ruling awaited: Will Title VII civil rights protect the community from discrimination?"

    Attorney Hanisco on Board of Governors

    NHWBA member, Attorney Christine M. Hanisco of The Stein Law Firm, PLLC was recently appointed to the New Hampshire Bar Association's Board of Governors. She concentrates her practice on the areas of criminal law, family law, surrogacy law, and adoption.

    She will serve in a Governor At Large seat. Congratulations, Chrissy! 

    Golf Clinic

    NHWBA's golf clinic is perfect for true beginners or golfers who are looking to improve their game. The clinic is a series of four 1-hour private lessons conducted in a group of no more than 12 participants. Golf Pro Steve Poremba of Derryfield Country Club in Manchester will be our instructor.

    The lessons will take place on four consecutive Tuesday evenings starting on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m.

    Registration is $125 for NHWBA members and $150 for non-members, which includes rental of golf clubs.

    Contact Kat Hedges by email or at 603-668-2222 with any questions.

    Teleconference: Mentoring Millennial Women

    Mentoring is at risk of becoming a lost art. At a time when Facebook groups, Slack channels, and alternative means of networking, guidance, and education are on the rise, it's critical to remain relevant to the newest generation of female attorneys, not only to provide support and much-needed resources to budding practitioners, but also to develop future female leaders who will pass the torch to the next generation.

    Join by phone on June 10 at 4pm to hear practical tips to enhance your mentorship skills. Register today.

    LawLine Volunteer Night

    We're volunteering with LawLine, the New Hampshire Bar Association's free telephone legal advice service.

    Join us at Bernstein Shur in Manchester on Wednesday, June 12th from 5:30 - 8pm to eat pizza and answer the public's legal questions by phone. Please sign up here.

    LawLine can be reached at (800) 868-1212 from 6-8pm on the second Wednesday of each month.

    July Book Club

    We will be meeting over dinner (pay your own way) at Republic in Manchester on Wednesday, July 10th at 5:30pm to discuss The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This book is the result of Ms. Rubin’s one-year study of her happiness. It has been on the best seller list for two years and is 368 pages long.

    Please email Caroline Leonard to Caroline Leonard if you are interested.

    Check out our Facebook event and invite your friends. Hope to see you there!

    Legal Network for Gender Equity

    You can help people facing sex discriminatio - including sex harassment - at work, in school, and in health care: Join the Legal Network for Gender Equity.

    The Legal Network for Gender Equity is free to join and connects those facing sex discrimination with legal assistance. Attorneys in the Legal Network for Gender Equity agree to give a free initial consultation to individuals coming through the Legal Network. Some attorneys also provide lower rates or pro bono assistance. The Legal Network also offers legal trainings on sex discrimination and harassment and other resources. Click here to learn more.

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