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BCM is hiring a full-time paralegal/administrative assistant

About This Opportunity

We are looking for a Paralegal to join our team of legal professionals at BCM Environmental & Land Law to work primarily with Amy Manzelli.

Position Details

  • Legal work in land use and environmental law practice, including litigation, administrative agencies, and transactions
  • Overall administrative management of client matters
  • Full-time, Monday through Friday, daily start and end times are negotiable
  • Cloud-based legal practice software and near paperless work environment
  • Based out of BCM’s Concord, NH office (currently, working mostly from home. after the pandemic, occasional remote work available)
  • Highly flexible workplace

Compensation & Benefits

  • $20 to $22 per hour, commensurate with experience
  • Firm contribution to health and vision insurance and your retirement plan
  • Firm-paid group life and long-term disability insurance
  • At least 10 days of paid personal time and at least 10 paid holidays
  • Three months paid parent leave for birth or adoption

Required Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree with GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, team player
  • Enjoy busy legal practice with a fast pace
  • At least two years working in a legal office
  • High aptitude for technology, including full Microsoft suite and Adobe DC
  • Self-starter, able to work independently
  • Valid driver’s license

About BCM

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, is a thriving, small law firm founded in Concord, NH, with a practice across Northern New England.  We do all aspects of environmental and land use law. We help our clients do good work, including sustainable development and preserving many special places. We have 10 people throughout our offices in Concord and Keene, NH and Portland, ME.  Learn more at our website and check out our latest news.

Application Process

  • Please email cover letter, resume, and references (two to three) to the attention of Nicole Manteau, our Firm Administrator, at manteau@nhlandlaw.com
  • The deadline for applying is Friday, November 13, 2020, with an anticipated start of asap
  • We will endeavor to contact applicants, regardless of our decision, by Friday, December 11, 2019

NHACC’s Annual Meeting is November 7th

 

Attorney Amy Manzelli will be speaking at the upcoming New Hampshire Association of Conservation Commission’s (NHACC) Annual Meeting. This meeting is the only one of its kind to be held state-wide, and will take place virtually this year from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

Find out more about the conference and how to register here.

Northern New England Agrarian Commons First Purchase: 104-acre Farm in Wales, Maine

 

Attorneys Beth Boepple and Amy Manzelli have been working with Agrarian Trust to establish an Agrarian Commons in each of the Northern New England states to support land access and tenure for the next generation of farmers. The Wales farm in Maine will be the first actual purchase. The Lewiston-based New Mainers group started a crowdfunding campaign a few months ago, raising $367,000 with the plan to raise the remainder of the asking price by December but have already reached their goal. The Little Jubba Central Maine Agrarian Commons will be purchasing the farm and leasing it to the Somali Bantu Community Association (SBCA). The SBCA represents around 3,000 Bantu refugees from Somalia who will find community, tradition, and the opportunity to farm sustainability in this farmland. 

Read more about this purchase here.

BCM proud to sponsor MEREDA’s “spring” Conference

 

Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA) has rescheduled their Spring Conference to October 15th. BCM is proud to be a sponsor of this event, renamed The Chamberlain Model – Back to the Future. The rescheduled event will be held virtually on October 15th from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

 

Find out more about the event and stay updated for when registration opens here.

Amazon Distribution Facility Proposed to Replace Green Meadow Golf Course

Attorney Amy Manzelli represents Save Hudson NH – a group of more than 50, many of which have houses abutting or near the proposed distribution facility. While this project aims to create new jobs, for those abutting the facility and for the residents of Hudson, the project will increase congestion, decrease property values, harm natural resources, negatively affect quality of life, and create nuisance.

Read more about the project here.

The residents being represented by Amy Manzelli voiced their concerns at the August 12th Planning Board meeting. Residents submitted comments to the Planning Board, and of the 126 only 3 or 4 were not directly opposed to the project. 

Read some of these concerns and comments made by Amy Manzelli here.

Professional Soccer in Portland

Attorney Beth Boepple has been working with Jonathan Culley and Gabe Hoffman-Johnson together with the city of Portland to find a possible location for a soccer stadium. Portland may have a professional soccer team as soon as 2022, once a location is agreed upon and the city is awarded a franchise. Gabe hopes to involve the public when it comes to naming the team and the duo believes that the team will benefit the city as much as the city’s community and diverse population will bode well for the sport. 

Read more about the United Soccer League coming to Portland here

Maine Harvest FCU offers new program to assist with farmland purchases

Attorney Beth Boepple has been working with Maine Harvest FCU – the first in the country to focus on lending to small farms and food producers – and helped draft their first loan documents. Now, the credit union is offering a new program to new and existing farmers to assist with closing costs, refinancing, and expanding. Due to COVID-19, interest rates are at an all time low and the importance of Maine farms at a high – sparking an increase in farmland purchases and financing at lower rates.

Learn more about the program here.

Beth Boepple Interviewed about Say No to NECEC Stay of Permits

Beth Boepple has been representing Say No to NECEC, a group of citizens, businesses, and towns in Maine opposed to Central Maine Power’s (CMP) NECEC (New England Clean Energy Connect) project. The proposed project would run a 145-mile transmission from Quebec, through Western Maine, to provide power to Massachusetts. On behalf of Say No, Beth filed a request with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a stay of the permits issued to CMP for NECEC.

Listen to the full interview here, find out more about opposition to the project by following Say No’s Facebook page, and access filings by visiting the DEP’s website.

BCM fights to protect 1997 forest-for-fields promise

In 1997 a compromise was made between the Derryfield School and the abutting neighbors; the school would get their soccer and softball fields as long as they also preserved 200-250 feet of the remaining forest between the fields and the neighboring homes. Now, twenty-three years later, the school plans to sell land, including this remaining forest, to a developer hoping to build 16 new homes. The promise from 1997 was disregarded since it’s not a forest but a “treed buffer”, and the subdivision was approved by the planning board. Attorney Amy Manzelli represents Stephen Frink, one of the abutting neighbors, in the fight to uphold the promise made to the residents on Coral Avenue.

Read more in the New Hampshire Union Leader along with letters written by each party here.

SBA Disaster Loan Program is Now Open to Agricultural Businesses

Additional funding is now available for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural business affected by COVID-19. Through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act authorized by Congress and signed into law by the President, agricultural enterprises are now eligible for SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance Programs.

To find out if you qualify for an EIDL, follow the link for your state below:
Maine
New Hampshire
Vermont – free daily webinar from 9:00am – 10:00am (Monday – Friday)

To apply for the EIDL click here.