Bar News - April 15, 2011
Bar Foundation News: Dean John T. Broderick, Jr., 2011 Frank Rowe Kenison Award
John T. Broderick, Jr., dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law who recently stepped down as NH Supreme Court Chief Justice, is the 2011 recipient of the Frank Rowe Kenison Award for Contributions to Justice.
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The award – in honor of former NH Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank R. Kenison - is presented annually to an individual who makes substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession, or the advancement of legal thought.
"John Broderick has had a remarkable career as a lawyer and judge. He was an outstanding trial lawyer and then became an outstanding judge and chief justice," said Jack Middleton, chair of the Bar Foundation board of directors and partner at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton in Manchester. "He has served the citizens of NH well and now, when others seek retirement, he has become the chief executive of the University of New Hampshire School of Law."
Broderick served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court for 15 years – as Associate Justice from 1995 to 2004 and as Chief Justice from 2004 to 2010. During his tenure as Chief Justice, he was the administrative head of all the state’s courts, in addition to his judicial duties, and became nationally known for reexamining the way the court system works and redesigning it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Under Broderick’s leadership, New Hampshire established an "Access to Justice Commission" to help enhance programs that provide low cost legal services to poor and low-income citizens, and personally led efforts to increase the involvement of private attorneys and law firms in Pro Bono work. A frequent speaker around the nation on the need to improve and modernize our judicial system, Broderick was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Board of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), on which he served for 10 years.
Last year, Chief Justice Broderick created a Judicial Branch Innovation Commission to study ways the state courts could operate more efficiently in an era of diminishing public resources. The Innovation Commission’s work served as the blueprint for several far-reaching initiatives for restructuring court operations that are pending in the legislature.
While in private practice, Broderick was a litigation attorney at the Devine, Millimet, Stahl & Branch law firm, and was a founding shareholder of Broderick & Dean, Professional Association. He was President of the New Hampshire Bar Association from 1990 to 1991. Last year, he was presented with the Justice Williams A. Grimes Award for Judicial Professionalism and in 2007; he received the L. Jonathan Ross Award for Outstanding Commitment to Legal Services for the Poor.