University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Retiring Dean John Hutson Honored By Law School Community, Family, Friends

On March 31, more than 150 guests, including members of the UNH Law community, friends and family of Dean John D. Hutson, and members of the Concord community, gathered at the Capitol Center for the Arts to celebrate the dean's retirement.

In an evening full of memories and celebration of Hutson's 10-year tenure at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, the highlight was the unveiling of the John D. Hutson Fellowship Fund for Social Justice, created to provide students with the opportunity to gain practical work experience during law school that is dedicated to advancing justice for all. The fellowship reflects Hutson's tireless and outspoken commitment to social justice, which he was praised for throughout the evening.

Among those who reflected on Hutson's leadership and friendship were Douglas J. Wood, JD '76, chair of the school's board of trustees; Elisa Massimino, CEO and president of Human Rights First; and Melissa Hutson, the dean's daughter. Students Thomas Sanchez '11 and Luke Nelson '11 presented the outgoing dean with the current issue of the University of New Hampshire Law Review, dedicated to him.

Dean Emeritus Hutson was also the subject of a film, "John D. Hutson, Advancing Justice For All," produced by the school and aired for the first time that evening.

"Every once in a while, there are messengers who are able to deliver the truth to those in power in ways that can make positive change. Those messengers take up the call at enormous personal risk – of public criticism and to their reputation. Admiral Hutson deserves to be honored for undertaking this risk – on a controversial topic and at critical moment in our country."

Michael H. Posner
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
founding Executive Director, Human Rights First

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