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Concord and Keene, NH

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BCM Seeks Experienced Attorney to Join our Team

We are looking for an experienced attorney to join our team of legal professionals at BCM Environmental & Land Law. This position is designed to practice New Hampshire law (with the possibilities to expand to Maine and/or Vermont law) in the areas of land use, environmental, agricultural, real estate law, and related fields, including renewable energy and local food. It is full-time, with benefits. Along with flexibility, this position offers the opportunity to move into ownership (or enter into ownership with at least a partial book of business). This position could be based in our Concord or Keene, NH office.

Primary Duties

Handle own cases in collaborative team setting, using suite of modern, cloud-based software

Required Attributes

  • J.D.
  • Superior academic law school credentials
  • Strong research, writing, and advocacy skills
  • Self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member
  • Admission to the New Hampshire Bar
  • Highly motivated individual with passion to practice environmental and land law
  • At least five years legal practice, including experience handling own cases

Preferred Attributes

  • Maine and/or Vermont Bar admission
  • Love of the environment and outdoor activities

Benefits

  • Weekly salary, amount commensurate with experience and book of business
  • Three months paid parent leave for birth or adoption
  • Firm contribution to health and vision insurance and your retirement plan
  • 10 days of paid personal time plus at least 10 paid holidays
  • Flex-time and up to three weekdays working remotely
  • Relaxed, casual, and friendly work environment
  • Mileage reimbursement for work-related driving
  • Payment of costs for required Continuing Legal Education, professional group memberships, including annual bar dues, and professional liability insurance
  • Attendance (including travel) to professional conferences
  • Firm-paid group life and long-term disability insurance
  • Downtown Concord and Keene, NH locations

Application Process

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references (two to three) as follows:

if electronic, to: manteau@nhlandlaw.com

or

if hard copy, to:

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC

3 Maple Street

Concord, NH 03301

The deadline for applying is October 31, 2021, with an anticipated start in November.

We will endeavor to contact applicants, regardless of our decision, by 12/1/21.

 

 

BCM Seeks Associate Attorney in Concord Office

We are looking for an Associate Attorney to join our team of legal professionals at BCM Environmental & Land Law. This position is designed to practice New Hampshire law (with the possibilities to expand to Vermont and/or Maine law) in the areas of land use, environmental, agricultural, real estate law, and related fields, including renewable energy and local food. It is full-time, with benefits. This position will be based in our Concord, NH office.

Primary Duties

Assist team, especially supervising attorneys in Concord and Keene offices, in a wide variety of ways, as needed, including:

  • Research, analysis, and writing for litigation, transactions, and more
  • Appear in court, administrative agencies, land use boards, and more
  • Analyze and summarize documents
  • Complete and improve documents prepared by supervising attorney
  • Perform discovery
  • Negotiate with outside parties
  • Interact with clients and prospective clients
  • Perform transactional due diligence (commercial, real estate, other)
  • Perform any other tasks as needed

Required Attributes

  • J.D.
  • Superior academic law school credentials
  • Strong research, writing, and advocacy skills
  • Self-starter, able to work both independently and as a productive team member
  • Admission to the New Hampshire Bar
  • Highly motivated individual with passion to practice environmental and land law

Preferred Attributes

  • Maine and/or Vermont Bar admission
  • Love of the environment and outdoor activities

Compensation & Benefits

  • Annual salary of up to $60,000 paid weekly
  • Monthly mandatory bonus of 3% of firm receipts attributable to your work
  • Discretionary quarterly bonuses
  • Three months paid parent leave for birth or adoption
  • Firm contribution to health and vision insurance and your retirement plan
  • 10 days of paid personal time plus at least 10 paid holidays
  • Flex-time and up to three weekdays working remotely
  • Relaxed, casual, and friendly work environment
  • Mileage reimbursement for work-related driving
  • Payment of costs for required Continuing Legal Education, professional group memberships, including annual bar dues, and professional liability insurance
  • Attendance (including travel) to professional conferences
  • Firm-paid group life and long-term disability insurance
  • Downtown Concord and Keene, NH locations

Application Process

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references (two to three) as follows:

if electronic, to: manteau@nhlandlaw.com

or

if hard copy, to:

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC

3 Maple Street

Concord, NH 03301

The deadline for applying is October 31, 2021, with an anticipated start in November.

We will endeavor to contact applicants, regardless of our decision, by 12/1/21.

Postponement for Casella’s Dalton Landfill

North Country Alliance for Balanced Change (NCABC), represented by BCM’s Amy Manzelli, and the Dalton Conservation Commission (DCC) have both requested a postponement of the permitting process for Casella Waste Systems’ proposed landfill in Dalton, New Hampshire. The landfill would impact 17 acres of wetlands, and Casella has denied access to the site to conduct site visits during this crucial time. Vernal pools and rare, threatened, and endangered species cannot be verified if a site visit isn’t conducted during the “growing seasons”. Amy states, “If the Dalton Conservation Commission is deprived of its legal rights to investigate to obtain such information, not only could the application process suffer from poor design and poor environmental stewardship, but also, legally, the process would be subject to invalidation upon appeal.”

Continue reading in the Caledonian Record.


NH Food Alliance – NH Agrarian Commons Discussion

On June 4th, BCM’s Amy Manzelli presented at New Hampshire Food Alliance’s Network Cafe entitled “A Focus on NH’s Farmland: New Conservation Models & Furthering Equity in Land Access”. 

 

2.6 Million square-foot Amazon Distribution Center Put on Hold

BCM’s Amy Manzelli, along with a group of Hudson, New Hampshire residents, have been working to oppose the placement of an Amazon distribution center on the current Green Meadow Golf Club property. The proposed plans for the construction of three warehouses are estimated to impact 2.8 acres of wetlands and 7 acres of wetland buffers and the current stormwater volume would no longer flow to wetlands and streams. The project has been put on hold after a successful appeal was filed by Amy, on behalf of 17 Hudson residents, last week.

Read the full story here.

NH Agrarian Commons – Normanton Farms

The New Hampshire Agrarian Commons, a subsidiary of the national Agrarian Trust, promotes land access and tenure for next generation farmers. Monadnock Community Land Trust (MCLT) has donated 63 acres of land to the NH Agrarian Commons. For the past 12 years this land was leased by Normanton Farms. The farm will now enter into a relationship with NH Agrarian Commons and sign a 99-year lease, guaranteeing that the farm can continue to provide pastured chicken, pastured pork, and grass-fed beef to the local community – even after Steve Normanton retires in the next 5-10 years.

Read more and donate here.

NHBA CLE April 30th 2021

BCM’s own Amy Manzelli will be joining a faculty of professionals this Friday, April 30th, as they speak about renewable energy facility siting. Amy regularly works with towns and the state of New Hampshire to navigate the permitting process of solar energy projects.

Register here and learn more through presented case studies of recently approved projects.

Association of Mass. Wetland Scientists – Ethics Presentation

BCM’s Jason Reimers will be making an ethics presentation for the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists on April 22nd.

Register here.

Agrarian Commons – Little Jubba Farms

The Agrarian Trust works to break down the barriers preventing new farmers from accessing and securing land by creating Agrarian Commons. The Agrarian Commons holds land parcels in trust and gives the power back to the farmer, rather than the landowner. Somalian refugees in Maine have struggled with land security and tenancy in since 2014, forced to move and recreate their farm systems multiple times before BCM’s own Beth Boepple helped launch Little Jubba Agrarian Commons, making it possible for Muhidin Libah and his community to secure and control farmland.

Read about Muhidin and his community’s journey here

outdated solid waste management plan brings controversy to Dalton

Attention, and a lawsuit, has been brought to an application for a new landfill in Dalton, NH. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) argues that the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has not updated their solid waste management plan since 2003 although laws require updates every six years to keep up with the evolution of practices, technology, and alternatives to land-filling. North Country Alliance for Balanced Change (NCABC), represented by BCM’s Attorney Amy Manzelli, supports CLF in their position that NHDES cannot determine the accuracy of new permits when plans have not been updated since 2003. Amy states; “the  solid waste management plan, being 18 years old, cannot contain any up-to-date information about the preferences for source reduction, recycling, etc.” and that outdated plans “would have a dramatic and irrevocable impact on NCABC and other residents in the North Country for decades to come.”

Read the full article by the Caledonian Record here.