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Letter: An asset of great value

As recent alumnus of the University of New Hampshire’s School of Law, I was stunned by the news of John Broderick Jr. stepping down as dean.

Dean Broderick was an excellent figurehead for the law school – a former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and a nationally well-connected jurist. He instilled a sense of hope and optimism among the student body and engaged on a regular basis with students.

As a student, I was impressed by the who’s who in law and politics that Broderick attracted to a small law school in a small state. Times may be tough for the law school, but moving Dean Broderick to the Rudman Center to fulfill the term of his contract seems both wise and foolish. Broderick is an asset of great value.

Nonetheless, having the former boss heading one of the major components of the law school seems to restrict a future dean’s ability to lead. UNH has made great strides under Dean Broderick, and I wish the law school continued success. New Hampshire’s law school is truly a great institution of the state.

MATTHEW SOPER

Austin, Colo.

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