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Bar News - December 14, 2012

UNH Law Professors Named Most Influential

Sophie Sparrow

John Garvey
UNH Law professors Sophie Sparrow and John Garvey have been named to the National Juristís list of the 25 most influential people in legal education.

Joining a number of the most prominent voices from law schools around the country, Sparrow and Garvey were recognized for their pioneering work in improving the quality of legal education. Their work has directly benefited countless UNH Law students, making them both prominent voices in the national conversation on how law schools can better train the next generation of lawyers.

Sparrow is the co-author of five law education books and has conducted more than 70 workshops and presentations on teaching, professionalism, assessment, and writing. In spring 2012, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the National Law University in Jodhpur, India.

Garvey is the director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, an innovative program that has received national praise. The honors program prepares students for admission to the bar based on rigorous evaluation of their practical legal skills, as well as substantive knowledge of the law. Garvey was selected to serve on the Carnegie Foundationís Initiative on the Future of Legal Education and has been asked to speak at national and international events. In 2011, the NH Bar awarded Garvey the E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism.

According to John Broderick, dean of UNH Law, "both Sophie and John have made extraordinary contributions toward making UNH Law a pioneer in practice-ready legal education. Sophie, through her work on teaching, professionalism, and assessment, is a leading figure in improving the way the law is taught in the US. And as the founding director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, John has built a thriving model of what true practice-ready education should look like."

For more information and past Bar News reporting on the honors program, please visit

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