Jordan Budd

Interim Dean, Professor of Law
Educational Background
  • AB, Harvard College
  • JD, Harvard Law School


Jordan Budd joined the law faculty in 2006 and was appointed to a three-year term as Interim Dean in June 2014.  Prior to his appointment, he served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2011 to 2014. 

Dean Budd’s areas of expertise include civil rights, constitutional law, and the federal courts. His scholarship has addressed questions concerning the Fourth Amendment rights of the poor and the constitutionality of religious displays in the public domain.

Since joining the law school’s administration in 2011, Dean Budd has focused on sustaining the law school’s longstanding commitment to intellectual property law and public service while ensuring that the school continues to offer one of the nation’s finest programs of experiential legal education. Dean Budd led the effort to merge the previously independent Franklin Pierce Law Center with the University of New Hampshire and co-chaired the University-wide Integration Committee charged with aligning the academic, financial, and operational functions of the two institutions.  Among the initiatives undertaken during his administrative service, the law school applied for and secured membership in the Association of American Law Schools, completed a comprehensive strategic planning process, significantly elevated admission standards and graduate employment outcomes, enhanced student support services, and launched new academic programs in health law and policy, sports and entertainment law, and online learning.  

From 2009 to 2011, Dean Budd served as the Chairperson of the New Hampshire State Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission, and was previously a member of the Board of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union Foundation.  Prior to joining the law school, Dean Budd worked 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, Dean Budd taught civil rights litigation 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 was the primary legal consultant in the development of a certification course for all state law enforcement officials addressing racial profiling in police practices.

Dean Budd holds an AB degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard College, and a JD degree with honors 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, Dean Budd joined the law firm of McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen (now Morgan Lewis), where he worked as a commercial litigator from 1989 to 1993.