University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

David M. Rothstein

Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy

Professor Rothstein Named “Champion of Justice”

Deputy Chief Appellate Defender and adjunct professor David M. Rothstein has been awarded the 2009 Champion of Justice Award by the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

As a deputy chief appellate defender, David Rothstein represents indigent criminal defendants in appeals to the New Hampshire Supreme Court and has been employed by the New Hampshire Public Defender since 1989. His experience includes being part of the defense team in the case of a man accused of capital murder of a Manchester police officer.

David Rothstein joined Franklin Pierce Law Center in 2001 and as an adjunct professor has taught Advanced Appellate Advocacy, Annual Survey of New Hampshire Law and Appellate Defender Clinic. Along with Professors Johnson and Scherr, he has supervised students in the University of New Hampshire School of Law Innocence Project.

Previously, he has clerked at the New Hampshire Superior Court and was an assistant appellate defender. In the public defender he has held positions as staff attorney, managing attorney of a regional office, a major crimes/homicide attorney and a litigation support attorney.

He is licensed to practice law in New Hampshire state and federal courts, First Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He is on the Professional Conduct Committee’s Complaint Screening Committee, the Board of Bar Examiners, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Criminal Jury Instruction Committee and the New Hampshire Bar Journal Editorial Advisory Board. This year, he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

David Rothstein is an avid runner, has entered a dozen marathons and is a Boston marathon qualifier.