University of New Hampshire

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Jordan Budd - Biography

Professor of Law
Interim Dean
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AB, Harvard College
JD, Harvard Law School



Federal Courts


Professor Budd joined the faculty of UNH Law in 2006 and was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2011. His areas of expertise include civil rights, constitutional law, and the federal courts. Professor Budd's recent scholarship addresses questions concerning the Fourth Amendment rights of the poor and the permissibility of religious displays on public land.

From 2009 to 2011, Professor Budd served as the Chairperson of the New Hampshire State Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission. He is a member of the Board and General Counsel of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union Foundation.

Prior to joining UNH Law, Professor Budd served for more than a decade as Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties. At the ACLU, he served as lead counsel in major litigation addressing school desegregation, jail overcrowding, juvenile curfews, police practices, the rights of immigrants and the poor, freedom of speech, and discrimination based on race, religion and sexual orientation.

From 1996 through 2004, Professor Budd taught civil rights law at the University of San Diego School of Law. As a Fulbright Scholar in Europe during 2005, he taught American constitutional law and lectured on a variety of subjects relating to public-interest legal advocacy. Working with the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training, he consulted in the development of a statewide certification course addressing racial profiling in law enforcement and served as the principal on-camera instructor for the videotaped curriculum.

Professor Budd holds an AB degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard College, and a JD degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Following graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and for Justice Stanley Mosk of the California Supreme Court. Upon completion of his clerkships, Professor Budd joined the law firm of McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen (now Bingham McCutchen), where he worked as a commercial litigator from 1989 to 1993.