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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thank you from BLIH & Bill Brennan

Brennan, Lenehan, Iacopino & Hickey and Bill Brennan would like to thank all the people who contributed to the American Red Cross Blood Drive in Bill Brennan’s honor on February 20, 2015. It was a huge success!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Attorney Jaye Rancourt Speaks on Behalf of the ABA in Opposing a Rule Change in Child Neglect Cases

N.H. Supreme Court Hears Opposition to Rule Change in Child Neglect Cases 

Yesterday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court heard from attorneys who urged the state Supreme Court to reject a proposal that would limit free legal counsel for impoverished parents accused of child abuse or neglect.

The proposal would require the appointed attorney for a parent alleged of abuse and/or neglect of his/her child to withdraw from a case following an initial dispositional hearing, unless there was a court order for continued representation.

Presently, indigent parents alleged to have neglected or abused their children are statutorily entitled to court appointed counsel.  Prior to 2011, indigent parents were given access to counsel, but in 2011 lawmakers did away with the statute requiring that any parent accused of abusing or neglecting their child in a child protection case be appointed an attorney to represent them.

In July 2013, the statutory authority requiring court appointment of counsel for indigent parents was reinstated after a state Supreme Court ruling in which the justices found that parents have a constitutional right to counsel in some neglect and abuse cases.  

Proponents of the new rule hope it will establish a middle ground.  Others however feel that the new rule is violative of the statutory rights of indigent parents.  

Shareholder and director of Brennan Lenehan, Jaye Rancourt, speaking on behalf of the Bar Association at yesterday's hearing, said: “Very often an attorney is a counselor, is a social worker, is a trusted adviser for a client. And if you remove the attorney after the disposition, you’re removing the role of that trusted adviser.”

Read more about the proposed rule change and yesterday's hearing here.

 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Donate Blood in Honor of Attorney William Brennan

A blood drive will be held in honor of our founding Partner and friend, William E. Brennan, on Friday, February 20th, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at:

425 Reservoir Ave.

Manchester, NH 03104

Attorney Brennan is recovering from a serious and rare blood disorder called Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP).  TTP is a disorder where blood clots form in small vessels of the body blocking oxygen rich blood to organs.

We are all grateful that Attorney Brennan was able to receive all of the units of blood he needed, and are asking the legal community to take the time to donate blood to the American Red Cross. 

Donors who are unable to attend the scheduled blood drive can go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS to set up an appointment at the “Manchester Fixed Site.”  The entire blood donation center will be dedicated to the Brennan drive on Feb. 20th.

Please read more about the blood drive in honor of Attorney Brennan here.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

NEW HAMPSHIRE SUPREME COURT: SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY IS PUNITIVE AND UNFAIR

BRENNAN LENEHAN LAWYERS CONTRIBUTE TO THE EFFORT TO MAKE THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY FAIR 

Today the New Hampshire Supreme Court decided that certain aspects of the NH Sex Offender Registry violate the constitutional prohibition against retrospective and ex post facto laws. In other words lifetime sex offender reigistration  is an unfair punishment for some former sex offenders convicted before the registry laws were enacted. Brennan Lenehan lawyers, Mike Iacopino, Iryna Dore and Jenna Bergeron filed a "friend of the court" brief for the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in support of a fairer sex offender registry. The Court agreed with the arguments contained in the Brennan Lenehan brief.  The case is John Doe v. State of New Hampshire, Docket No. 2013-496. You can read the Court's decision here:

http://www.courts.state.nh.us/supreme/opinions/2015/2015012doe.pdf 

If you or a loved one is a Tier 3 former sex offender who was convicted many years ago you may be able to obtain relief from sex offender registration requirements. Contact us at Brennan Lenehan to learn if you may be entitled to relief under this new case.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mike Iacopino Co-Hosts NACDL's Big Easy Cross in New Orleans, February 18 - 21, 2015

Brennan Lenehan senior partner Mike Iacopino along with Attorney Melanie Morgan of Kansas City MO. will co-host the Big Easy Cross Seminar in New Orleans from February 18, 2015 through February 21, 2015. Together Melanie and Mike have assembled experts in cross-examination from across the country to share their wisdom and expertise.  Don't miss the experience!  Register for the seminar here:  http://www.nacdl.org/LegalEducation.aspx?id=19928

#NACDLNewOrleans

 

 

 


Friday, January 30, 2015

Criminal Law: When Victims Entice Violation: Rethinking Protective Order Enforcement

Please take a look at Attorney Jaye Rancourt’s recent article in the New Hampshire Bar News examining the current state of the law with respect to the violation of protective orders.

Criminal Law: When Victims Entice Violation: Rethinking Protective Order Enforcement


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Attorney Jaye L. Rancourt will receive the 2015 Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award

We would like to congratulate shareholder and director, Attorney Jaye L. Rancourt, who has been selected to receive the NH Bar Association Gender Equality Committee’s Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award for 2015.  The award, which was established on the occasion of Judge Hollman’s retirement from the Superior Court bench in 2003, is designed to honor Judge Hollman’s efforts as an advocate for gender equality in the legal system.  The Gender Equality Committee awards this honor to an individual who has taken initiative and exhibited dedication to promoting respect and fair treatment toward all members of the judicial system, and seeks to promote gender equality through leadership and educating others on such issues.  In selecting Attorney Rancourt to receive the award, the Gender Equality Committee recognized Attorney Rancourt as a role model for women, a strong advocate for gender equality, and a leader by example.   


Friday, January 9, 2015

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