2006 Spring, 4. Introduction.

AuthorBar Journal Author - Attorney Michael S. DeLucia

New Hampshire Bar Journal


2006 Spring, 4.


New Hampshire Bar Journal Volume 47, No. 1, Pg. 4Spring 2006IntroductionBar Journal Author - Attorney Michael S. DeLuciaLitigation is the main focus of this issue of the New Hampshire Bar Journal with an emphasis upon practical "how-to" suggestions and guidance. The authors were encouraged to dwell more on process and practical aspects rather than on extraordinary developments in their areas of expertise. Our hope is to do more "bread and butter" articles in future issues, and we are interested in readers' feedback on what you find useful and what articles and topics you would like to see more of. Perhaps you will be encouraged to submit an article yourself.

Attorney Lauren Simon Irwin of the Upton Hatfield law firm chronicles the step-by-step process of tracking the life of an employment discrimination lawsuit in the state courts from the plaintiff's perspective, taking the litigation from initial case selection, to issues dealing with choice of venue, pleadings, discovery and motions, witnesses, and, in this case, settlement. Although she did not want a byline, we know that attorney Heather Burns helped contribute to the high quality of Lauren's article.

Our issue contains two articles dealing with federal practice: The first is a candid and comprehensive discussion of the experience to date of the electronic case-filing system in the United States District Court, District of New Hampshire. The article is by Chief Deputy Clerk Daniel J. Lynch, who oversaw the implementation of electronic filing and who continues to field calls that come into the electronic filing "help desk" at the courthouse.

Also on the federal side, and from a defense perspective, is an article on trademark protection by New Hampshire Bar member Timothy Ervin, of Gallant & Ervin, in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, whose clients include the estate of reggae legend Bob Marley. Attorney Ervin describes the process of defending trademark infringement in today's sprawling, multifaceted marketplace, with particular emphasis on the rationale for ex parte seizures of allegedly infringing material. It is a practical, hands-on-analysis with insights into practice in the federal district courts.

The last of our litigation-themed articles is by attorney Cameron Shilling, from the law firm of McLane, Graf...

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