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UNH Law Names Cathy Green ‘77 As Board Chair

Cathy J. Green, JD '77, has been named the new chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She replaces long-time board chair Douglas J. Wood, JD '76.  Sherilyn Burnett Young, JD '82, was named to replace Green as vice-chair.

“It’s a great honor to be asked to lead UNH Law, especially in the footsteps of Doug Wood, who has done so much for this school,” said Green. “With a new dean, our new Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, and all the opportunities available through our affiliation with the University of New Hampshire, this is an exciting point in the school’s history.”

After graduating from UNH School of Law (then known as Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1977, Green began her career as a public defender, one of three in the state at the time. Now a partner in Green & Utter, P.A., her practice is limited to criminal defense in both federal and state court.

She is president of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Public Defender Program and past president of the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. She is also a fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2004, Green received the Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism from the New Hampshire Bar Association. She was named by Business New Hampshire magazine as the Top Criminal Defense Lawyer in New Hampshire both times they compiled the list, in 2002 and 2010. She has served as a trustee of UNH Law since 2003.

Sherilyn Burnett Young, JD '82, is a founder and President of Rath, Young and Pignatelli, P.C., a law firm based in Concord, NH, with offices in Nashua and Boston. She heads the firm's Environmental Practice Group and assists clients on federal and state environmental matters, real estate transactions, and public and private financing transactions. She has served UNH Law both as a trustee, since 2004, and as an adjunct professor teaching environmental law.

As an affiliate of the University of New Hampshire, UNH School of Law is governed by a board of 30 trustees as well as the presidents and chief financial officers of both institutions. The composition of the board will change each year, shifting from a law school majority to an equal balance of UNH-appointed trustees and law school-appointed trustees by July 1, 2014.