John T. Broderick, Jr.
John T. Broderick, Jr. became the fifth dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law on January 28, 2011. He replaced retiring Dean & President John D. Hutson, who led the school since 2000.
Selected after a national search, Broderick served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court for 15 years, retiring this fall to join UNH School of Law. During his tenure as Chief Justice over the past six years, 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.
“I am genuinely honored to have been selected to lead the law school at this time of great opportunity and change. The affiliation with the University of New Hampshire will enhance and expand our reach and global influence, especially in the area of intellectual property,” Broderick said. “The recently established Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, with a new director and building in the works, will be the catalyst for these efforts. I am also committed to maintaining and enhancing the law school’s national reputation for pioneering legal education, as exemplified by its Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program.”
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. Broderick wrote, along with Ronald George, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, a 2010 New York Times op-ed lamenting the rise of unrepresented litigants and calling for an expansion of limited-scope representation.
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.
Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, Broderick was a litigation attorney in the Manchester, NH, law firm of Devine, Millimet, Stahl & Branch, and was a founding shareholder of Broderick & Dean, Professional Association (formerly Merrill & Broderick). He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth for over ten years. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and, magna cum laude, of the College of the Holy Cross.
Broderick is the recipient of several honorary degrees, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and recently became the only jurist ever to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Business & Industry Association in recognition of his efforts to ensure that justice remains accessible, affordable, and understandable. 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. He was also recently inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society by the National Center for State Courts.