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Broderick stepping down as dean of UNH Law

New Hampshire Chief Justice John Broderick speaks during an editorial review board in Concord on Thursday, April 8, 2010. 

(Concord Monitor Photo/Sarah Beth Glicksteen)

New Hampshire Chief Justice John Broderick speaks during an editorial review board in Concord on Thursday, April 8, 2010. (Concord Monitor Photo/Sarah Beth Glicksteen)

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 iwilson@cmonitor.com.)

Legacy Comments5

Broderick stepping down to what? a boat on the river? Give him a paddle. It was appropriate to call this place The " Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and PUBLIC POLICY " (emphasis ADDed) because as I found out first-hand by calling Warren B. Rudman at his Washington office one day of he picked up the phone and said to me of "this is he", I asked him WHY the building named after him at 53 Pleasant Street in Concord wasn't registered with the N.H. Secretary of State as required by RSA Chapter 123:1 by the 40USC255 to 3112 "head" of "agency" being their GSA landlord of the tenants there in order to get the RSA Ch. 123:2 exemption from the property tax for land, and he said that that was "ludicrous!" as in: "amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity " [ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ludicrous ] as in that laughability back at him from me of for him being in contempt in allowing this policy over-ride of the law to occur! The proof is that the Feds claim 1-8-17 "like" of similar (not same) exclusive jurisdictional authority there when they KNOW that the place is not exclusive in that they have no septic system but pay the City Water Dept. for to flush their excrement to the local sewer lagoon, of thus not with con-current jurisdiction either, of thus just proprietary rights or privileges which there ought to be a sign over the door there reading something like http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/abandon-hope-all-ye-who-enter-here.html with what? a Walmart-like greeter there by the name of Virgil? (':-) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/national+policy is defined as: " a broad course of action adopted by a federal government in pursuit of its objectives " http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/objective.html " A specific result that a person or system aims to achieve within a time frame and with available resources. In general, objectives are more specific and easier to measure than goals. Objectives are basic tools that underlie all planning and strategic activities. They serve as the basis for creating policy and evaluating performance. Some examples of business objectives include minimizing expenses, expanding internationally, or making a profit. " or in other words of since the U.S. Marshal is appointed and signs an oath to only execute "lawful precepts", that when preliminary hearings are a PART of the trial, and that ALL trials SHALL be held in the state AND Federal district of where the offense occurred, of thus HOW to get around the law in the sixth (6th) Amendment, in Maine, is by some policy over-ride of the law, but which is a lie and theft, of the "these people" Broderick wants the students "to meet and hear from" are us, of N.H. Article 12 inhabitants of "the state of New Hampshire" right?, or "in" this building, but that I'd prefer the grounds as before any such similar River of Styx sign! (;-) .

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Ditto back to you gracchus of whatever that means. Here's what I sent to IAIN yesterday of: "The bottom line is actually this "policy" of akin to "under the color of law" B.S. that we have got to confront, of it great that Broderick says that of his students would like to hear from us, but will he ever schedule such a meeting?" Plus this is one of the bunch of five judges who kept on telling people that the word free in Article 14 of the N.H. Constitution meant fee with-OUT the letter "r". So if you really want to dissect a George Orwell Double-Speak-er, it ought to be to try to figure out these Supreme Sociopaths in extreme denial of the truth. They will lie through their teeth and tell you that you've got tr go by THEIR dictionary of whatever that is.

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