University of New Hampshire

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UNH Law Names New Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Attorney Karen J. Borgstrom, the director of the New Hampshire Judicial Branch Office of Mediation and Arbitration (OMA), has been named the vice president of institutional advancement at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Borgstrom, who has extensive experience in development, marketing, public relations and communications, will start her new position on August 22.

She will coordinate the Development, Alumni Relations and Communications staff to increase fundraising and active alumni participation in the law school’s ongoing programs and initiatives. This will include building support for the school’s newly launched Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property and outreach to UNH Law’s global network of alumni.

“I am delighted that Karen will be contributing her considerable energy and skills to our mission here at the law school,” said Dean John Broderick. “I worked closely with her as chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, and I look forward to the opportunity to do that again here for the benefit of our law school.”

As the first director of the court system’s mediation and arbitration office, Borgstrom combined a fee system and private grants to make the entire program self-funding within a year, a requirement set down by the state legislature when the office was established in 2007. As director, Borgstrom also worked with the New Hampshire Supreme Court to revise arbitration and mediation rules, including procedures for training and certification of court-approved mediators. She also initiated a public outreach effort on the services the court provided through arbitration and mediation to help people resolve legal disputes out of court, more economically and efficiently.

"The Office of Mediation and Arbitration would not be the success it is today without Karen's indefatigable work habits, constant good humor and prodigious talents,” said Chief Justice Linda Dalianis, of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. “All of us in the Judicial Branch who have worked with Karen wish her the very best at UNH Law."

Among her prior experiences, Borgstrom served as the director of marketing, development, and public relations for Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, NH, where she implemented a series of successful fundraising campaigns. As president and general manager of the NBC affiliate WNNE-TV in Vermont, she was responsible for the development of promotional campaigns, marketing, branding, and public relations. She has more than a decade of experience working as an attorney in New Hampshire, including as a shareholder and vice president at a firm in Lebanon. She is also an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, where she teaches alternative dispute resolution.

“I am delighted to be joining UNH Law,” Borgstrom said. “As vice president of institutional advancement, I will have the unique opportunity to draw upon a variety of skill sets that I have developed over the years. I plan to put to creative use my past experiences in philanthropy, marketing and public relations, and my background as an attorney and as an administrator to highlight the important work that UNH School of Law is doing; not only within its own community, but regionally and globally as well."

Borgstrom earned her bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College and her JD at Vermont Law School, and she is a member of both the New Hampshire and Vermont Bar Associations.

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