University of New Hampshire

School of Law

The Honorable Jacalyn A. Colburn, JD '96

UNH Law Adjunct Professor, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Trial Advocacy

Judge, New Hampshire Superior Court

Jacalyn A. Colburn was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2009 and sits in Hillsborough County-Southern District.

Colburn is a 1982 graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics, where she obtained a BS in Business Administration.

She worked in the business sector for a decade before beginning her legal career as a staff attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender. She later became the managing attorney of the organization’s Merrimack County Office.  In 2000, she was named statewide director of legal services. In addition to providing representation to indigent clients in criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to homicides, she was responsible for the administration of 10 trial offices and the supervision of over 100 attorneys.

At UNH Law, Colburn teaches Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy. Each spring, she coaches the law school’s advanced trial team at the National Trial Competition. Before becoming a trustee, she served on the school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program Committee and the Major Gifts Campaign Committee.

She serves on the NH Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee. She has also served on the Board of Governor’s Task Force on Public Sector and Public Interest Law, as a practical skills instructor and as a panelist at a variety of Continuing Legal Education seminars.

In 2007, she was named Merrimack County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year, and in 2009, she was honored with the New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Frank Rowe Kenison Award for her contributions to the betterment of citizens through the administration of justice and the legal profession.


UNH Magazine Online

UNH Magazine Online
An Uncharted Path   - by Sandra Hume

Pleading guilty to negligent homicide usually leads to prison. But Jacalyn Colburn ‘96 JD knows that on occasion, true justice calls for something else.

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