UNH Law Announces the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy Campaign
Honoring the Legacy of Senator Warren Rudman
The University of New Hampshire School of Law is proud to announce the campaign to establish The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy. Over the past year, Senator Rudman, along with many of his former Senate colleagues and other friends, laid the groundwork for the Rudman Center before the Senator's death on November 19th after a long fight with lymphoma.
"While Warren Rudman's courage, leadership and willingness to work for the greater good will be profoundly missed," said John Broderick, dean of UNH Law, "we are committed to establishing the Rudman Center to serve as an active, living tribute to his extraordinary years of state and national public service and to influence generations of new, public spirited lawyers."
Senator Rudman was honored to be the inspiration for this center, and unequivocally supported the efforts to encourage future generations to follow in his footsteps. "It's truly an honor to have an academic center named after me," he wrote last year, "especially since I can think of no greater mission than to train our next generation of leaders to seek justice, serve their country, and work together for the common good."
Warren Rudman served two terms in the US Senate and was noted for authoring the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction law, chairing the Iran-Contra investigation, saving the Legal Services Corporation, and securing the nomination of David Souter to the US Supreme Court. He also served six years as New Hampshire's Attorney General.
According to Dean Broderick, "Warren Rudman advanced justice for even the most vulnerable among us throughout his career. His legacy of advancing sound public policy, efficient government, fiscal responsibility and integrity will be the framework that guides the mission and vision of the Rudman Center."
The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy will provide scholarship, training and opportunity for a new generation of leaders who cherish public service. The Rudman Center and its programs also will serve as a living monument to Senator Rudman and the other leaders of his political generation whose values and examples it seeks to foster, transmit and preserve.
The national co-chairs of the $10 million Rudman Center Campaign are: Senator Bob Kerrey, Senator Ernest Hollings, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator John McCain, Senator Sam Nunn, Senator Judd Gregg & Kathy Gregg, Senator William Cohen, Senator Phil Gramm, and Senator Olympia Snowe.
In creating the Rudman Center, UNH Law is embarking on a bold course to shape a new generation of leaders. They will be selected for their experience, and their potential, to carry forth the key values of Warren Rudman's career in public service: a commitment to justice, a capacity for leadership, and a devotion to common sense, common purpose, and the common good.
The hallmark of the Rudman Center will be the Rudman Fellows program, which will select two entering law students each year and develop their interest and skills in public policy. The Rudman Fellows will be granted tuition exemptions, summer scholarships, and one-year post-graduate fellowships that will place them in organizations that exemplify the mission of the Rudman Center, such as the Concord Coalition and the New Hampshire Attorney General's office. In exchange for these opportunities, Rudman Fellows will be required to work for at least three years in government or public interest positions.
The Rudman Center will also provide summer fellowships for at least 20 students working in public service or with underserved populations. These experiences will pave the way for many to become public interest lawyers or to make pro bono work an essential element of their legal careers. An additional eight UNH School of Law students will be selected for one-year post-graduate fellowships to be completed at organizations that fulfill the Rudman Center's mission.
The Warren B. Rudman Chair for Public Policy and Justice will be a leading legal scholar of legislative policy and administrative law, who will have a major voice in policy discussions and will oversee the training of the Rudman Center's law students.
The Rudman Center will play a vital role in the national conversation on leadership, access to justice, and the state of our political system. The Warren B. Rudman Lecture Series will allow the Rudman Center to attract national figures to UNH Law and provide all of our students with the opportunity to learn about the public policy challenges facing our nation.
The official kickoff of the Rudman Center Campaign will be held on Sunday, April 21, at the Grappone Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Senator John McCain will give the keynote address.
The following day, Monday, April 22, there will be the first of many conferences at UNH Law under the Rudman Center banner. Sponsored with the Concord Coalition (which Warren Rudman co-founded), this inaugural conference will focus on political and policy solutions to the debate over our national debt.
By supporting the Rudman Center Campaign, donors will help forge an enduring testament to the career of Warren Rudman so that future generations will understand the integrity, honesty, and dedication he brought to public life.
Donations in support of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy may be made online here. Donations may also be sent to the Office of Institutional Advancement at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Two White Street, Concord, NH 03301.
Warren Rudman Remembered
A production of New Hampshire Public Television
On January 25th, 2013, at the US District Court in Concord that bears his name, friends and family gathered to remember.