The Top 10 Stories of 2012
The year's top stories
As 2012 comes to a close, we reflect on the people and events that have made this year a particularly meaningful one for the University of New Hampshire School of Law.
While it was difficult to do, we’ve selected what we consider to be the top 10 stories of the year: Read, remember, and enjoy. Happy holidays!
1. Top legal educators: Professors John Garvey and Sophie Sparrow were named two of the country’s Top 25 legal educators by National Jurist magazine. Garvey is the director of the school’s pioneering Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, and Sparrow is a noted author and presenter on teaching and professionalism for legal educators. “The list is a who’s who of the people who have shaped the discussion over the past year, which has been a challenging and pivotal year,” says Jack Crittenden, editor of National Jurist.
2. No. 1 moot court team: UNH Law students Anjie Vichayanonda and Jeffrey Larson made history in the national Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition by winning every award: Best Brief in the Nation, Best Oralists in the Nation, and Best Overall Team in the Nation. The competition focuses on trademark and unfair competition law and allows students to develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience. “It’s a great experience, and it allows you to hone all the skills needed for great advocacy: writing, research, and oral advocacy – the trifecta,” says Vichayanonda.
3. In the Top 10 – again: In 2012, UNH Law once again named a top 10 school for intellectual property by U.S. News & World Report in its annual guide, “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” UNH Law has consistently been ranked among the nation's top IP schools, and it recently opened a new addition to house the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. In this year’s rankings, which are based on a survey of IP faculty members around the country, UNH Law was tied with Boston University and Duke University.
4. Supreme Court win for defendants: A NH Supreme Court ruling that ensures indigent defendants in criminal cases have a right to counsel at arraignment is due in large part to UNH Law’s Criminal Practice Clinic, its Social Justice Institute, and two UNH Law alumni who spent much of their last year in law school documenting the problem. The 2012 ruling “will bring substantial and dramatic change to the practice of most district courts in the state,” said Professor Albert “Buzz” Scherr, who along with Professor Charles Temple worked closely with now-alumni Lauren Breda JD ’11 and Jay Duguay JD ’11, on the project.
5. Impressive new faculty: Judge Arthur Gajarsa, recently retired from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, joined UNH Law us as the first Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence at the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. Other notable faculty hires: Calvin Massey, a widely regarded authority on constitutional law, joined the school as its first Daniel Webster Distinguished Professor of Law; Christopher Frerking, a registered patent attorney and specialist in international patent law, joined the school as a professor of law and director of the Patent Practice and Procedure Program; Michael McCann, one of the nation’s leading experts in sports law, a seasoned sports attorney, and an award-winning teacher and scholar, joined the school as visiting faculty; and Susan Drisko Zago came from Northeastern University School of Law to serve as director of the law library and an assistant professor, teaching Advanced Research.
6. Student fights crime, makes headlines: Eman Pahlevani, who graduated in May, co-developed a smartphone app, CrimePush, which allows people to report a crime discretely with the push of a button. The new app gained instant popularity, and CrimePush has been featured by local and national news outlets across the country, including CNN and The Washington Post. Pahlevani, who was a member of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program at UNH Law, says CrimePush has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, and his company has partnered with 56 police departments and 10 universities nationwide.
7. Library is tops: The National Jurist magazine called UNH Law’s library one of the top law school libraries in the country. “Law libraries are now measured first and foremost by the service level provided to students,” according to the article, “and the best way to measure that is by looking at the ratio of librarians to students.” With a 49-1 student to librarian ratio, UNH Law is among the top 25 law libraries in the country, according to the magazine.
8. A designated expert resource: UNH Law’s library has been officially designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The UNH Law Library is the only such designated center in the state and is now part of a nationwide network of public, state and academic libraries designated as PTRCs, which are authorized by Congress to disseminate patent and trademark information and support diverse intellectual property needs of the public. This designation acknowledges UNH Law as a top training law school for IP professionals – the school boasts the only academic dedicated IP law school library in the country.
9. Strengthening ties to Asia: In the fall, three key members of the UNH Law administration visited China, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan to meet with universities, law schools, and government officials and develop strategic new partnerships overseas. Dean John Broderick, Professor Mary Wong (Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property), and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Karen Borgstrom also met with many UNH Law alumni – the Franklin Pierce Center for IP is well known in Asia for its leadership in IP education.
10. End of an era: Six faculty members who will retire at the end of the 2011-12 school 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 had been with the school since its earliest days, gave a combined 200 years of teaching and service to UNH Law.