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Bar News - October 15, 2014

UNH Law Honors Judicial Alumni


NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau, former NH Supreme Court chief justice and UNH Law Rudman Center Director John Broderick, NH Supreme Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy and UNH Law Interim Dean Jordan Budd gather in the law school’s courtroom with faculty, students and guests to see new photographs of alumni who have become state court judges.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law honored its judicial alumni last month by hanging photographs of them in the law school’s courtroom.

It was the vision of former law school dean John Broderick, now the director of the school’s Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy, to adorn the courtroom with pictures of graduates who went on to serve on the state court bench, to inspire students to consider public service legal work.

“I hope these pictures inspire the students in this building to do something larger than themselves, because being a lawyer is not just about making money,” Broderick told the judges, faculty and students who gathered at the unveiling Sept. 10.

NH Supreme Court Justice Carol Ann Conboy, who graduated from UNH Law (then Franklin Pierce Law Center, and affectionately known as “Frank’s”) in 1978, reflected on the history of the school and her experience there. NH Superior Court Chief Justice Tina Nadeau said her legal education at the school taught her “humility and appreciation of the human condition.”

Also in attendance at the unveiling was interim UNH Law Dean Jordan Budd, who will serve for three years in his new role.

Broderick said the school plans to add more pictures to the courtroom wall in the future as more former UNH Law students accept judicial appointments. About one-third of the NH Superior Court bench is made up of UNH Law graduates, according to Broderick. Several circuit court judges, including David King, its deputy chief administrative judge, are graduates of the law school.

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