Dean Broderick Honored for His Contributions to Justice
Dean John Broderick has been named the New Hampshire Bar Association's 2011 recipient of the Frank Rowe Kenison Award for Contributions to Justice.
The award, which is named after former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank R. Kenison, is given each year to an individual who makes substantial contributions to the betterment of New Hampshire citizens through the administration of justice, the legal profession, or the advancement of legal thought.
"I am very honored to receive the Kenison Award," said Dean Broderick. "Chief Justice Kenison remains a legend and his judicial service, to this day, is widely respected."
Prior to joining the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Broderick served for 15 years on the New Hampshire Supreme Court – and as chief for six of them. During his tenure as chief justice, which made him administrative head of all the state’s courts in addition to his judicial duties, Broderick became nationally known for re-examining the way the court system works and redesigning it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Under Broderick’s leadership, New Hampshire established an “Access to Justice Commission” to help enhance programs that provide low-cost legal services to poor and low-income citizens. According to Laurence Tribe, distinguished Constitutional scholar, Harvard Law School professor and the Justice Department’s former senior counselor for access to justice, Broderick "has been a continuing source of ideas and inspiration for the Access to Justice Initiative."
A frequent speaker around the nation on the need to improve and modernize our judicial system, Broderick was appointed by President Clinton to the Board of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), on which he served for 10 years.
Broderick wrote, along with Ronald George, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, a 2010 New York Times op-ed lamenting the rise of unrepresented litigants and calling for an expansion of limited-scope representation. This month, he co-authored with Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow an op-ed for the Boston Globe decrying proposed federal funding cuts to civil legal assistance.
Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, Broderick was a litigation attorney in the Manchester, NH, law firm of Devine, Millimet & Branch and a founding shareholder of Broderick & Dean Professional Association. He is a graduate, magna cum laude, of the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Virginia School of Law.
Broderick is the recipient of several honorary degrees and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he recently became the only jurist ever to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Business & Industry Association in recognition of his efforts to ensure that justice remains accessible, affordable, and understandable. He was inducted last year into the Warren E. Burger Society by the National Center for State Courts.
In remarks to the NH Bar Association, Jack Middleton, chair of the Bar Foundation board of directors and a partner at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton in Manchester, said, "John Broderick has had a remarkable career as a laywer and judge. He was an outstanding trial lawyer and then became an outstanding judge and chief justice. He has served the citizens of NH well and now, when others seek retirement, he has become the chief executive of the University of New Hampshire School of Law."