The New Hampshire Bar Association or NHBA is a mandatory membership legal society that regulaes and oversees the legal profession in the state. Because it is integrated, it requires all lawyers who practice or plan to practice in New Hampshire to first be admitted to the bar. Those who are not bar-admitted are not granted privileges to practice law until they pass the bar exam and complete full admission to the bar.
The NHBA got its start in 1788 after the first meeting of New Hampshire state attorneys. The organization went on to administer the state’s first bar exam in 1793. The state’s legislature formally instituted the Bar Association of New Hampshire in 1937, which functioned as a voluntary legal society until 1972. That year, the state’s legislature changed the admissions rule and made it obligatory for attorneys in the state to join the bar association.
One of its primary functions is to regulate the manner in which attorneys practice law in New Hampshire. It holds all members to strict ethical and professional codes of conduct. If an attorney violates these codes, he or she could be investigated and disciplined by the state bar. The bar in part relies on the public to lodge formal complaints about attorneys if or when they violate bar-outlined protocol.
Aside from investigating and disciplining attorneys, the bar also offers resources to attorneys who become full-fledged members. For instance, many lawyers like to research case law and gain access to legal documents while representing their own clients. They can get access to free legal resource on the NHBA website after paying their dues.
The NHBA also offers educational resources to the public including law students and teachers. It has an educational portal that educators and students can use at no cost to find information about state laws and regulations.
Additionally, people who are in need of legal representation during a case can use the NHBA website at no cost. They have access to an updated attorney directory that provides the names and locations of all bar-admitted attorneys in all areas of legal specialties.
To contact the NHBA, members and the public alike can visit its headquarters at 2 Pillsbury Street Suite 300 in Concord, New Hampshire, 03301. They can also message the NHBA on social networking sites like Facebook.