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National Hearing At UNH Law To Focus On Underfunding Of Courts

ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System

The starvation of our state court systems through systematic underfunding is a problem in New Hampshire and across the country.Ted Olson

On Thursday, May 26, the University of New Hampshire School of Law will host a national hearing to document the crisis from those who see it most closely: judges, lawyers, the business community and the citizens who are caught in the system. It will be streamed live from the UNH Law website at: law.unh.edu/live.

The American Bar Association has created a Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System, chaired by the well-known lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson (who, among other accomplishments, served as the opposing counsel in Bush v. Gore). The task force held its first hearing in Atlanta in February, and it will host its second here in New Hampshire. Testifying at the hearing will be:Dean John Broderick and Laurence Tribe

  •     Chief justices of five of the six New England supreme courts as well as the chief judge of New York
  •     Professor Laurence Tribe, the well-known Constitutional scholar from Harvard who spent some time last year as the Justice Department's senior counselor for access to justice
  •     New Hampshire business leaders
  •     The heads of the Boston and NH Bar Associations
  •     And a panel of citizens who will share their own stories of how the underfunding of the courts has affected them

The hearing is open to the public. It will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about the event, contact Danielle Kronk Barrick, associate director of communications at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. To learn more about the ABA task force, please visit their website.