Meeting Schedule and Materials for 2022/2023

Inn meetings will be held in-person at The Puritan Conference & Event Center: Suite B -  245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH 03104

in October, November, January, February, March, April, and May  

December's Inn meeting will be held in-person at The Hotel Concord: 11 S. Main Street, Concord, NH 03301

 

October 5, 2022 - Table 1

Female Judges' Roundtable

According to the 1979 Green Law Directory, there were no female Supreme Court Justices, Superior Court Judges, District Court Judges, Probate Court Judges, or Marital Masters in the State of New Hampshire. Over 40 years later and there are currently 31 women serving in the judiciary. This panel will include the usual discussion about recent developments in rule changes, case law impacting trials and hearing, court administration issues, and other concerns as viewed from the bench. In addition, there will be an opportunity to discuss how women have managed to become part of the previously all-male bench, and any special issues or challenges they confront. There will be an opportunity for questions from members of the Inn. 

 

November 2, 2022 - Table 2

Ethics Grab Bag I

At the table's discretion, this program will cover one or multiple of the below legal ethics topics: 

1) Conflict of Interest Waivers;

2) Ethics in Criminal Law; and/or

3) Overview of the Attorney Discipline Office

 

December 7, 2022 - Table 3

Hate Speech

Hate speech is (a) constitutionally protected; (b) actionable if it creates a hostile work environment; (c) grounds for expulsion from public school; (d) a statutory right enjoyed by New Hampshire public employees; (e) prosecutable if likely to provoke a violent response; (f) too often suppressed; (g) too often allowed; or (h) ALL OF THE ABOVE. You have one hour. Good luck. 

 

January 4, 2023 - Table 4

How a Bill Becomes a Law and How YOU Can Get Involved!

Understanding the process of the New Hampshire legislature in proposing and creating statutes helps us in the legal profession better appreciate the statutes we address in our jobs. This program will focus on explaining that process, what influences the legislators in that process, and provide the Inn members insights as to how we that are not lobbyists can get involved in teh statute making process for an area that we are passionate about that is not tied to particular client advocacy. 

 

February 1, 2023 - Table 5

Data Privacy

According to a recent estimate, approximately 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created each day. Where and how this data is stored and transmitted presents incalculable logistical challenges. In late 2021, Wired Magazine reported that Amazon's efforts to get hold of its own data were hampered in part by the fact that Amazon could not reliably map where its own data were stored. 

At the same time, the regulations governing how data is maintained and protected continue to evolve. In December 2022, the FTC will put into effect a new "Safeguards Rule" that will require updated information security programs. The Safeguard Rule will cover "financial institutions," which is broadly defined to include not just banks, but also lenders, servicers, collections agencies, and a host of other institutions that may not typically be referred to as financial institutions. In addition to the FTC Safeguards Rule, New Hampshire businesses must contend with the regulations within RSA Ch. 359-C and, for insurance entities, new RSA Ch. 420-P. 

The task for this table will be to provide an overview of relevant data security regulations, explain the types of entities covered and the types of information covered, and discuss what to do in the event of a data breach. 

 

March 1, 2023 - Table 6

Ethics Grab Bag II

At the table's discretion, this program will cover one or multiple of the below legal ethics topics: 

1) Legal fees;

2) Duties to Prospective and Former Clients; and/or 

3) Unauthorized Practice of Law/Interstate Practice. 

 

April 5, 2023 - Table 7

Haaland v. Brackeen: The Indian Child Welfare Act and Equal Protection

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was adopted in 1978 for the purpose of protecting the well-being of native children and their families, and keeping native children within their communities where possible. Accordingly, ICWA provides native families with preferential status related to the adoption of "Indian child[ren]." Several plaintiffs, including states, challenged ICWA's constitutionality on multiple grounds, including equal protection. The case is now being briefed to the United States Supreme Court. 

A foundational tenant of Federal Indian Law is that Tribal membership is political classification, not a racial classification, and has been considered settled law since 1974. This case brings that tenant into question. This program will provide a brief overview of Federal Indian Law concepts and address the arguments presented in the Bracken case (as well as the Court's ultimate decision if issued by April, 2023). 

 

May 3, 2023 - Table 8

Annulment of Criminal Records

A criminal record can affect a person who is looking for employment or housing. RSA 651:5 permits a person to annul his or her criminal record under certain circumstances. This program will explain the process of annulment of a criminal record, including what records qualify for annulment and the effects of annulment of a criminal record.