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Professor John Garvey Honored For ‘Outstanding Professionalism’

Professor John Garvey, the director of the school’s groundbreaking Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, is the recipient of this year’s E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism by the New Hampshire Bar Association.

According to the bar association, Garvey was selected for his “career’s worth of excellent advocacy, civility and service.” A longtime and well-respected trial lawyer and mediator before he came to UNH Law, Garvey has devoted himself to the Daniel Webster Scholar program since it began in 2005. He formed close partnerships for the program with members of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the NH Bar Association, the NH Board of Bar Examiners and dozens of others in New Hampshire, around the country and even internationally.

"John Garvey is a model of professionalism," said Marilyn McNamara, the president of the New Hampshire Bar Association. "He blends the highest standards of intellect, courtesy, compassion and integrity with strong advocacy and commitment to his work. His extraordinary service to the Daniel Webster Scholar program, educators, students, lawyers, clients and the public at large deserves to be recognized and celebrated."

“I’m a little overwhelmed, and I’m truly honored,” Garvey said. “I knew Don Dufresne. He was a wonderful lawyer and a mentor, and it’s an honor to receive an award that bears his name.”

The award, Garvey said, “reflects well on the program. It’s very important to me that the program be perceived not only as an alternative to the bar exam but as a program that develops lawyers who practice as professionals in the true New Hampshire tradition, whether they are planning to practice in New Hampshire or elsewhere. The NH Bar has a rich history of collegiality, professionalism and civility, and I think that professionalism has to be part of the fabric you weave when you’re training a new lawyer. It really has to be part of who that person is when they get out of law school.”

The Daniel Webster Scholar program is a unique two-year bar examination and practicum that gives students intensive practical and simulated experiences in the courtroom, with clients, and with fellow lawyers. Upon graduation, students are deemed ready to practice and bypass the traditional two-day New Hampshire bar exam. The program has caught the attention of legal scholars around the country in recent years, and this spring it was touted as “the future of legal education” in the latest edition of the book “Law School Confidential.”

“The E. Donald Dufresne award is an honor to Professor Garvey, to the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, and to the University of New Hampshire School of Law,” said UNH Law Dean John Broderick. “Don Dufresne was my law partner, so I know firsthand of his professionalism and character.  John Garvey exemplifies professionalism and integrity. His passion, work ethic and great relationships with the New Hampshire Bar have made the Daniel Webster Scholar program not only a success, but a nationally recognized model for practical legal education."

Garvey will receive the award during the New Hampshire Bar’s annual meeting June 25-26 at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.