Retiring Faculty Honored at Alumni Dinner
More than 300 alumni of the University of New Hampshire School of Law attended the school’s annual alumni dinner March 7, held at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester.
The evening was an emotional one, as UNH Law alumni, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate six faculty members who will retire at the end of the year: Professors Tom Field, Joe Dickinson, Sarah Redfield, Bill Hennessey, Library Director and Professor Judy Gire, and Externship Director and Professor Ellen Musinsky.
The six, many of whom have been with the school since its earliest days, have given a combined 200 years of teaching and service to UNH Law. In a video aired at the dinner, each shared memories of their time at the school, followed by standing ovations from audience members. Afterward, Dean John Broderick thanked them individually for the ways they’d contributed to UNH Law.
Professor Joe Dickinson, who stood up to say a few words, said retiring had caused him to look inward, to think about why he had spent so many years teaching. “I realized why I did it,” he said. "I did it to be with all of you, and I felt that together we could do something that had meaning. I don’t know if it happened for you, but it did for me. I wish to thank you for your engagement, your company, and our chance together."
Dean Broderick also honored alumna Karin Gregory JD ’88, who received the school’s inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented to a graduate of the school who has demonstrated outstanding professional accomplishment, community service, and support to UNH Law. Gregory, a former trustee, has spent more than 25 years in the healthcare field. She currently represents Boston-based life sciences, medical device, and high-technology companies, and she serves as in-house general counsel for the Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health and several for-profit clients.
Gregory, in receiving the award, offered her own thank-you to the retiring faculty. “None of my success would have been possible without the professors being honored tonight,” she said. “I want to thank all of you for the efforts you made on my behalf and on behalf of the people in this room tonight.”
Also in attendance was the school’s beloved receptionist, Jan Neuman, who has been with UNH Law since 1986 and who knew many, if not most, of the alumni at the event. To a standing ovation from the crowd, Dean Broderick called her “the most popular person in the school” and jokingly asked her if she had ever considered being the dean.
Dean Broderick also thanked the event’s sponsors, the law firms Devine Millimet of Manchester and Concord, NH; Abramson, Brown & Dugan of Manchester, NH; Lando & Anastasi of Cambridge, MA; Beliveau, Fradette, Doyle & Gallant, P.A., of Manchester, NH; Finch & Maloney of Manchester, NH; Grossman, Tucker, Perreault & Pfleger of Manchester, NH; and Hage Hodes, P.A., Attorneys-at-Law, of Manchester, NH; and individual sponsors, the Dickinson family; Cita Citrawinda MIP ’93; and Vince Macri LLM ’03.