University of New Hampshire

School of Law

About the Rudman Center

The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy provides scholarship, training, and opportunity for a new generation of leaders who cherish public service. The Rudman Center and its programs also 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.

In creating the Rudman Center, UNH Law has embarked on a bold course to shape a new generation of leaders. They will be selected for their experience and 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.

It's truly an honor to have an academic center named after me, 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.

Senator Warren Rudman (1930-2012)
 

Rudman Center brochure

The hallmark of the Rudman Center is the Rudman Fellows program, which selects two entering law students each year and develops their interest and skills in public policy. The Rudman Fellows are granted tuition exemptions and summer scholarships that 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 work for at least three years in government or public interest positions.

The Rudman Center also provides 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.

The Rudman Center plays a vital role in the national conversation on leadership, access to justice, and the state of our political system. By welcoming speakers from a broad range of backgrounds to our conferences and lectures, UNH Law fosters the Rudman legacy of honesty, pragmatism, and mutual respect.

The Rudman Center’s inaugural national conference, “The Federal Budget and the Law: Finding a Way Forward,” was held in the spring of 2013. Numerous current and former elected officials, including Senators John McCain, Phil Gramm, and Bob Kerrey, joined budget and policy experts for a spirited discussion of how best to address the nation’s fiscal challenges.

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 develop strong and effective leadership skills in young lawyers and inspire them to pursue careers in government service and the public interest. And by convening regular conferences, lectures and symposia about the vexing public policy issues of our time, the Center will help find pragmatic and effective solutions."  

Prof. Erin Corcoran, former Executive Director of the Rudman Center

The Warren B. Rudman Fellows Program

The hallmark of the Rudman legacy is the Rudman Fellows program, which will select entering law students each year and develop their interest and skills in public policy. The Rudman Fellows will be granted tuition exemptions and summer scholarships 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 upon graduation.

The Rudman Center Fellows will be encouraged to pursue one of the many areas of public policy in which Senator Rudman was engaged:

  • Legal Service Fellows: The Rudman Center will train law students to protect and promote equal access to justice by providing direct civil legal services.
  • Leadership and Justice Fellows: One of the Rudman Center’s hallmarks will be training future leaders who seek to govern in the country’s best interests.
  • Fiscal Accountability Fellows: The Rudman Center will support students interested in promoting fiscal responsibility.
  • Robert J. Dole Veteran Fellows: This $1 million endowed fellowship is being established to honor the legacy of Senators Dole and Rudman by providing veterans with the opportunity to attend law school and use their legal education to provide legal assistance to veterans.
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Fellows: The Rudman Center will train lawyers to leverage public/private partnerships and promote policies for the public

I tell my friends at other law schools about the opportunities that I have had at UNH Law and they can’t believe it. I was honored to be a Warren B. Rudman Summer Fellow this year and was given the opportunity to shake hands with some of the most influential people in American politics.

Sean List, 2L
 

Summer Fellowships

The Rudman Center provides summer fellowships for students working in public service or with underserved populations. These experiences pave the way for many to become public interest lawyers or to make pro bono work an essential element of their legal careers. The first class of summer Rudman Fellows started their placements in 2013. The many organizations where they are working include:

  • The Philadelphia Public Defender
  • Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas
  • New Hampshire Legal Assistance
  • U.S. Department of Education, Civil Rights Division
  • NH Disabilities Rights Center
  • The Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services

Fiscal Responsibility and the Law Certificate

This new certificate program will embrace an interdisciplinary approach to training future lawyers in federal budgeting, spending, and policy making. Specialized course work and practical skills training will produce lawyers who can make thoughtful and effective decisions on public sector issues, and will create a generation of leaders adequately equipped to solve our nation’s biggest challenges.

Curriculum

UNH Law's curriculum offers a broad range of courses that lay the foundation for careers in a variety of public interest practice areas: criminal law, civil rights and civil liberties, intellectual property in the public interest, indigent legal services, and international human rights, to name just a few. UNH Law offers:

  •     A solid faculty core with public interest backgrounds and orientations
  •     A broad range of public interest courses with different practice areas
  •     An externship program that regularly places students in quality public interest positions around the country
  •     Clinics that provide students with supervised, hands-on training in relation to a variety of vulnerable populations
  •     Lectures, visiting practitioners and conferences that provide exposure to public interest issues


Read the UNH Law Social Justice Institute Student Handbook. Providing an overview of resources available at the law school to help you navigate the next three years and prepare you to be a lawyer interested in public interest, social justice, and public policy law.

Contact us:

John M. Greabe
Director, Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy
(603) 513-5191
john.greabe@law.unh.edu


For questions about the Rudman Center, please contact: rudman.center@law.unh.edu.


Note: The Warren B. Rudman Center Summer 2013 Fellowship Application is now available.


IN THE NEWS:

Public Launch of UNH Law's Rudman Center Draws High-Profile Guests
McCain, Ayotte, Shaheen, Gregg, Gramm, Kerrey, Domenici among those gathered to remember Warren Rudman, discuss fiscal crisis

UNH Law’s Rudman Center Opens With National Conference on Fiscal Responsibility

UNH Law Announces the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy
Honoring the Legacy of Senator Warren Rudman

New Center at Law School to Honor Rudman’s Legacy, Concord Monitor, by Kathleen Ronayne

UNH Law Honors the Legacy of Senator Warren Rudman


Donations in support of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy may be made online at: alumni.law.unh.edu/rudman. Donations may also be sent to the Office of Institutional Advancement at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2 White St., Concord, NH 03301.


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