160 Alumni Gather to Celebrate UNH Law
Over 160 University of New Hampshire School of Law alumni gathered on Friday, February 4, 2011 at Fratello's Restaurant after the New Hampshire Mid-Year Winter Bar meeting to celebrate former New Hampshire Chief Justice John T. Broderick Jr.'s appointment as dean and president of UNH School of Law and to honor outgoing Dean and President John D. Hutson for his decade of leadership. photo gallery.
Cathy J. Green, JD '77 partner of Green & Utter, PA in Manchester and vice chair of the Board of Trustees of UNH School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), recognized Hutson for the law school's achievements in the last decade, including the development of such widely renowned programs as the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, and the International Technology Transfer Institute.
She noted his national status as an advocate for social justice, citing his work urging the United States to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and his stance against the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. Green said Hutson's most lasting impact has been leading the law school through its recent affiliation with the University of New Hampshire: "This is a truly transformational affiliation with UNH," she said, "and it provides incredibly exciting opportunities for our students, for our faculty, and for our alumni."
Hutson said, "It has been a great honor, privilege and awesome responsibility to serve at the intersection of America's two greatest professions: law and education.” He added, "UNH Law is now poised on the threshold of greatness. John Broderick and UNH are the right team to take us to that next level."
Selected after a national search, Broderick Jr. served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court for 15 years after practicing as a trial lawyer for 22 years. During his tenure as chief justice over the past six years, he became nationally known for his work on redesigning the state's court system to meet technological and financial challenges.
In his first official appearance as dean and president, Broderick Jr. said, "UNH Law has a proud and rich history with graduates playing important roles in law and public policy in New Hampshire and across the globe. The law school's Intellectual Property Program has been recognized as one of the best in the world. With the upcoming fall 2011 opening of our new Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, we will expand our global footprint through enhanced scholarship and applied research."