UNH Law’s Buzz Scherr Named Chair & President of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union
Albert E. (Buzz) Scherr of the University of New Hampshire School of Law was recently elected chair & president of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union (NHCLU). The NHCLU, an affiliate of the national ACLU, is the leading civil liberties organization in New Hampshire with over 3,000 members statewide.
"It's an honor to be selected to lead an organization that I've long held in such high regard," said Professor Scherr. "The work of the NHCLU is vital to the protection of our constitutional rights."
Professor Scherr has been on the NHCLU board of directors for eight years and has been a member of the ACLU's national board of directors for five years. During that time, he chaired the national board's policy committee on patents, which focused particular attention on the intersection of patents and civil liberties. This fall, the ACLU won a groundbreaking victory in Federal District Court in New York challenging the validity of breast cancer gene patents.
A member of the Social Justice Institute Advisory Council at UNH School of Law, Professor Scherr is a nationally-recognized authority on forensic DNA evidence. He was the principal investigator on a two–year NIH grant to study genetics, police investigations, and Constitutional privacy.
Professor Scherr has served as the lead attorney in numerous pretrial hearings in homicide, robbery, and sexual assault cases to determine the admissibility of forensic DNA evidence. He also has extensive experience as a trial and appellate lawyer, and directs the Trial Advocacy training program at UNH School of Law. He has lectured to judges, attorneys, educators, and others regionally and nationally on a variety of genetics and law issues.