Broderick stepping down as dean of UNH Law
John Broderick, who led the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s integration into the full university and grew the school’s national cachet, announced he will step down as dean.
Broderick, a former state Supreme Court chief justice, has been named the first Warren B. Rudman chairman at UNH Law and executive director of its Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy. His last day as dean is June 30. Associate Dean Jordan Budd of Bow has been named interim dean for three years.
“This is just an amazing opportunity. I didn’t want to leave the law school because I love this place,” Broderick said. “I’m trying to make the school and the Rudman Center a go-to place for thoughtful discussion of national policy.”
By enhancing the school’s national reputation and ranking, and leading a successful merger with the university, Broderick said he achieved both goals he set after arriving at UNH Law in 2011.
With Broderick’s leadership, UNH Law’s ranking in U.S. News and World Report climbed from 142 out of 196 nationally in 2011 to 93 this year. In the last two years, the school’s ranking has moved up a combined 49 spots, and is among the top 100 law schools in the country for the first time ever. For the 23rd consecutive year, UNH Law ranked in the top 10 for its intellectual property law program. In addition to launching the Rudman Center, Broderick oversaw the creation of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute, led by well-known sports law scholar and Sports Illustrated writer Michael McCann.
“John raised the school’s national rankings, strengthened its internationally renowned intellectual property program and launched the Rudman Center, while at the same time focusing on graduates’ employment opportunities and the quality of the law school’s practice-ready programs,” UNH President Mark Huddleson said in a statement.
Also, UNH Law has increased its “jobs after nine months” performance from 174th to 29th, out of 196 schools. “The only schools we are behind in the Northeast are Harvard and Yale,” he said. “The best two classes in the 40-year history of the law school are the past two classes.”
The two schools merged successfully in January, two years before the estimated five-year timetable the university set.
Budd, a Harvard Law School graduate, joined the school’s faculty in 2006 and was co-chairman for the integration process. He was previously legal director for the San Diego affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union. “I am fortunate to work with faculty colleagues and university administrators who are committed to supporting the law school on its upward trajectory,” Budd said.
Leaving the dean’s office will allow more time to focus on growing the Rudman Center, Broderick said. The center, named after the late senator, has hosted high-profile forums and speakers while offering students Rudman Fellowships. The school will welcome its first two Rudman Fellows this fall. The board has raised $4.5 million toward the center’s mission. Broderick wants to build on the momentum, and hopes to create a place “associated with thoughtful discussion of national policy.”
“We’re trying to build a resource for the state,” Broderick said. The Rudman Center will provide a neutral stage for informed discussion on national policy, he said.
“I really want people who are in this building to be informed. They might not agree on everything, but they are informed on a certain level,” he said. “I want the students to meet with and hear from these people. I want to have the state of New Hampshire to be in this building as much as we can.”
(Iain Wilson can be reached at 369-3313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)