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2012-2013 Academic Year

The Warren B. Rudman Center Inaugural Conference

Monday, April 22, 2013
UNH School of Law campus

The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire School of Law presents the Inaugural Conference on Leadership and Fiscal Responsibility.

Senator Rudman sought to govern in the country’s best interests, and his legacy of advancing sound public policy and generationally responsible fiscal policy are the themes at the center of this conference.

The conference will focus on our nation’s current fiscal challenges and how through bipartisan cooperation and political leadership from our elected leaders we can find solutions. The topics will include a review of recent developments with the current budget situation, the debt ceiling and future spending and tax policy. Additionally, speakers will discuss the longer-term budget challenges and the political choices that need to be made to find bipartisan reform plans.

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The Law & The Land

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013
Room 205
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Muslims, Jews, and Christians see Jerusalem as a holy city around the world—and the tensions in the city fuel much of the conflict between those groups. With the recent Israeli-Palestinian violence, it's time to look again at the role of this divisive city. Israeli attorney Daniel Seidemann says "Americans and Christians need a holistic perspective on the state of the holy city."

Daniel Seidemann has been a practicing attorney in Jerusalem and a partner in a firm specializing in commercial law since 1987. Since 1991, he has also specialized in legal and public issues in East Jerusalem. In particular, he has worked on issues and cases related to government and municipal policies and practices, representing Israeli and Palestinian residents of Jerusalem before the statutory Planning Boards regarding development issues.

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The NH Death Penalty in the Era of Addison: Community Voices on Capital Punishment

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
Rm 282 - starting at 3:30 p.m.

The UNH Law's Social Justice Institute, in collaboration with the Diversity Action Coalition, the National Lawyer's Guild Student Group, and the Law Students for Human Rights, are hosting this symposium. We hope you will be able to join us!

In 2008 the Hillsborough Superior Court imposed the death penalty on Michael Addison. If this sentence is carried out, it will be the first execution to take place in the state of New Hampshire since 1939.

The symposium will consist of two panel discussions with a half hour cocktail break between the sessions. You are welcome to attend one or both panels.

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Dina Temple-Raston, NPR's Counterterrorism Correspondent Visit

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013
UNH School of Law campus
5:30pm; Reception to follow

New Hampshire Public Radio and the UNH School of Law have come together to bring you a new series in the Capital Region.

This ongoing series will present a range of speakers throughout the year to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism and share experiences related to the media’s coverage of public policy and law.

Our first presentation, hosted at the UNH School of Law in Concord, NH will be a discussion with NPR’s Counterterrorism Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston. She will be speaking about national security and her recent trip to Pakistan.

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Pro Bono Requirements for Prospective Attorneys

Nov. 8, 2012
5:30 p.m.
Rich Rm.

Norman H. Stahl Lecture Series
The Honorable Jonathan Lippman
Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals

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A Critique of the Texas Model for School Discipline and Juvenile Justice

Oct. 25, 2012
5:30 p.m.
Rich Rm.

Frank Rowe Kenison Lecture Series
The Honorable Wallace Jefferson
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas

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How Pro Bono Efforts Can Assist the Most Vulnerable

Oct. 25, 2012
12:00 p.m.
IP Board Rm.

Guests are John Tobin, Executive Director of NH Legal Assistance and Ginny Martin, Executive Director of NH Bar Association Events to celebrate pro bono!

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to


Addressing Unmet Legal Needs in NH: The Role of Pro Bono

Oct. 16,2012
3:00 p.m.
Rm. 282

The Honorable Linda Stewart Dalianis
Chief Justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court
Addressing Unmet Legal Needs in NH: The Role of Pro Bono
Presentation of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s inaugural Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award

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Privatizing Prison Systems: Does it Really Cut Costs?

Sept. 4, 2012

The state of New Hampshire is considering privatizing some of its state prisons. One of the arguments for turning this function over to the private sector is cost savings. The state of Arizona recently privatized some of its prisons and Caroline Isaacs has recently authored a report documenting unanticipated costs associated with privatization. Please join her for informal discussion over lunch on her findings and recommendations.

Findings of Isaacs Report:

The data shows that private prisons under contract with the state cost more than equivalent units operated by the state Department of Corrections. American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) estimates that in 2009 and 2010, Arizona overpaid for these units by as much as $7 million. If the state adds 2,000 medium-security private beds, as it has proposed, Arizonans could be losing over $10 million every year on private prisons.

The report reveals all private prisons for which security assessment data was available had serious security flaws. While no prison can be entirely safe or problem-free, private prisons demonstrate clear, long-standing patterns of prisoner unrest including riots, staffing and management issues, escapes, and other serious safety problems.

Caroline Isaacs Bio:

Caroline Isaacs serves as program director for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) office in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked with AFSC in various capacities since 1995. She began with a one-year internship, then became a member of the Arizona Area Committee, and was hired as the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator in 2001. She became program director in 2004.

Speaking Truth to Power: A Conversation with Sandra Fluke

Aug. 29, 2012

Sandra Fluke - for ending domestic violence and human trafficking

Sandra Fluke, then a 3L at Georgetown University Law Center, became part of a heated and highly personal national debate when she agreed to testify before Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representative in February 2012 arguing that Georgetown University ‘s student health-insurance plan should cover access to contraception. Subsequent to testifying, Rush Limbaugh, a conservative radio talk show host, criticized her personally for her views and called her several inflammatory names. This incident thrust her into the national spotlight as an advocate for women’s rights.

Come here her speak on why she decided to testify; how she handled the backlash; what it was like being thrust in the spotlight and most significantly how she is using this opportunity to advance the issues that she cares about most – ending domestic violence and human trafficking.

Sandra Fluke’s Bio:

Sandra Fluke was born 1981. Her father is Richard B. Fluke, II, who is a machinist and a pastor at a Methodist church from a small town in Pennsylvania, Saxton. Her mother, Betty Kay Fluke, is a school counselor.

She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2012. Before attending Georgetown, she graduated from Cornell University in 2003 where she received a B.S. in Policy Analysis & Management and Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

Prior to attending law school Sandra spent spent five years working for Sanctuary for Families, a New York-based nonprofit organization aiding victims of domestic violence. While working, she launched the agency’s pilot Program Evaluation Initiative. She also co-founded the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, which, after twenty years of advocacy, successfully advocated for legislation granting access to civil orders of protection for unmarried victims of domestic violence, including LGBTQ victims and teens.

Fluke was also a member of the Manhattan Borough President’s Taskforce on Domestic Violence and numerous other New York City and New York State coalitions that successfully advocated for policy improvements impacting victims of domestic violence. During her time as a law student, Fluke has engaged in a variety of internships and activities focused largely on women’s rights including working to end domestic violence and human trafficking. She has served as the development editor for the “Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law,” co-president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and vice president of the Georgetown Law Women’s Legal Alliance.

Bownes Forum Lecture with Wade Henderson

Date: TBD

The Social Justice Institute presents the Bownes Forum Lecture with Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, talking about "DC Voting Rights as a Civil Rights Issue."

Kenison Lecture with Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson

October 25, 2012

Our guest speaker will be Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson of the Supreme Court of Texas.

2011-2012 Academic Year

"Civil Rights: Past and Present"–A Conversation with Congressman John Lewis

May 19, 2012

Congressman John Lewis and former dean of UNH Law Dick Hesse discussed Lewis' life and involvement in the civil rights movement. Congressman Lewis held an extensive Q&A with the audience, answering, among other questions, how he remained committed to non-violence and how he views our current civil rights climate.

Lewis was UNH Law's 2012 Commencement Speaker and received an honorary degree.

This event is available on UNH Law's YouTube channel.

"The Japanese American Incarceration at Poston"

by Joanne Iritani

April 17, 2012

Joanne Iritani

Joanne Iritani discussed her experience being incarcerated in a Japanese American relocation camp, starting at the age of 12, from May 1942 until August 1945. She and her husband, the late Frank Iritani, wrote the book Ten Visits: Accounts of Visits to All the Japanese American Relocation Centers to chronicle the remains of each camp.

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized moving Japanese and Japanese Americans into internment camps. People were rounded up and led away from their homes, farms, businesses, and friends. The Poston camp, known officially as the Colorado River Relocation Center, opened in 1942 on the Colorado Indian Reservation. At its peak, Poston held as many as 17,000 people, making it one of the largest camps of its kind.

"Diamonds, Guns, and Thugs: Seeking Justice in West Africa"

by David Crane

March 29, 2012

David Crane

David Crane, Professor of Practice at the Syracuse University College of Law, discussed his experiences as the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal. He was appointed to that position by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.

Serving with the rank of Undersecretary General, Professor Crane’s mandate was to prosecute those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone during the 1990’s. Among those he indicted for those horrific crimes was the President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, the first sitting African head of state in history to be held accountable.

This event was co-sponsored by the Social Justice Institute, UNH Law Students for Human Rights and the Lantos Foundation.


"Defending the Defenders: Freeing Prisoners of Conscience Around the World"

by Jared Genser

March 19, 2012

Jared Genser

The Social Justice Institute and UNH Law Students for Human Rights sponsored a lunch discussion with Jared Genser, the co-editor of The Responsibility to Protect: The Promise of Stopping Mass Atrocities in Our Time.

Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, a law and consulting firm that focuses on human rights and humanitarian projects. He is also founder of Freedom Now, an independent non-profit organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide.

Genser has taught semester-long seminars about the UN Security Council at the University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania law schools and is teaching at Georgetown University Law Center during the Winter 2012 term. Previously, Genser was a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

His pro bono clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu, and Elie Wiesel.


"Budget, Politics, and Leadership - Do They Mix?"

by Senator Bob Kerrey

February 21, 2012

Senator Bob Kerrey

UNH School of Law's Social Justice Institute and the Concord Coalition hosted Senator Bob Kerrey, who delivered remarks and answered questions about our nation's fiscal situation and the state of our political leadership.

Senator Kerrey was joined by former New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice and current UNH Law Dean. The discussion focused on the current political environment and how it affects efforts to deal with some of the nation's most pressing issues.

This event is available on UNH Law's YouTube channel.

Juan Williams presented
"Thurgood Marshall and the Civil Rights Movement"

January 8, 2012

Juan WilliamsThe UNH School of Law's Social Justice Institute and the New Hampshire Cultural Diversity Awareness Council hosted this public event with special guest Juan Williams. Williams is the author of Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 (1988), a companion to the documentary series of the same name about the African-American Civil Rights Movement; and Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary (2000), a biography of Thurgood Marshall, the first black American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Williams is a political analyst for Fox News Channel. He also writes for several newspapers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal and was a senior news analyst for National Public Radio (NPR) from 1999 until October 2010.

"The Economic, Political and Legislative Outlook for 2012"

with Mark Zandi and Bob Bixby

December 9, 2011

The Concord Coalition partnered with UNH Law, the Whittemore School of Business and Economics and the Business and Industry Association to present the Next-Generation Matters series of conversations about the economic future.

Less than a month before the New Hampshire First in the Nation presidential primary, this forum provided voters an opportunity to discuss the issues surrounding our national debt and economic future. With the Super Committee's failure and prospect of additional credit downgrades in store for the United States, keynote speaker Mark Zandi, Chief Economist for Moody's Analytics, provided the audience with an economic outlook for the coming year and Concord Coalition Executive Director Bob Bixby examined the political challenges of passing substantive fiscal reform legislation in the current environment.

This event is available on UNH Law's YouTube channel.

"The Federal Fiscal Crisis: Where We Are and Where We Are Going"

by Senator Judd Gregg

December 6, 2011

Senator Judd Gregg

Former New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg shared, with faculty and students, his views on the federal fiscal crisis, drawing in large part on his years as a Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee.

Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Gregg served as a Governor of New Hampshire from 1989 to 1993 and as U.S. Representative from 1981 to 1989. He is a national leader on fiscal policy, a well-known budget expert, and a respected voice on health care, economic, and financial regulatory issues. Prior to public service, he was an attorney and businessman. He received a Juris Doctor in 1972 from Boston University Law School and a L.L.M. in Tax Law in 1975 from Boston University School of Law.

Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence: Innovations in Practice & Research Conference

November 6-8, 2012

Congresswoman Donna Edwards at the Domestic Violence ConferenceMore than one hundred scholars and advocates from around the globe convened in Portsmouth, NH, on November 6-8 to discuss ending domestic and sexual violence, in a conference jointly sponsored by the University of New Hampshire School of Law, the University of New Hampshire and the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

“Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence: Innovations in Practice & Research Conference” came at a critical time – just a month after the landmark federal Violence Against Women Act expired. The legislation, which passed in 1994 and was reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, dramatically changed the legal landscape for victims who once suffered in silence.

A Conversation with Congressman Charlie Bass

October 17, 2011

Congressman Charlie Bass

Congressman Charlie Basss shared, with the UNH Law community, the inner workings of the U.S. Congress. He talked about what goes on behind the scenes and how legislation is introduced, moved through various congressional committees, and ultimately passed into law.

Congressman Bass has a long record of public service in New Hampshire. He previously represented the Second Congressional District from 1995 to 2007 and championed a number of initiatives important to the people of New Hampshire: including expanding broadband access to rural communities; preserving New Hampshire's scenic environment; and promoting clean, alternative energies. In the 112th Congress, Bass was appointed to serve on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Immigration Symposium

October 13, 2011

The Student Hispanic National Bar Association and the Social Justice Institute hosted an Immigration Symposium. The panel discussion featured:

  • Professor Erin Corcoran - the current full-time director of UNH Law's Social Justice Institute, former professional staffer for U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, and former Counsel to U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, discussing theoretical issues of immigration.
  • Ron Abramson - a naturalized citizen and Fulbright Scholar who began his career with the New Hampshire Public Defender program discussed the affected population and the immigrant experience.
  • Francis Agyare '03 - originally from Ghana who is currently working in the Immigration Office of the New Hampshire Catholic Charities discussed the realities of immigration.

An Evening with Judge Nancy Gertner

October 11, 2011

Cover of Nancy Gertner's book


Former Federal Judge and current Harvard Law professor Nancy Gertner came to UNH Law to discuss her book In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate.

"A riveting legal memoir by a superstar lawyer, a compassionate judge and a page turning writer. In Defense of Women is a rare treat: an insider with an outsider's perspective speaking truth about power." — Alan M. Dershowitz, author of Supreme Injustice

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Woman's Bar Association (NHWBA) and hosted by the UNH Law's Social Justice Institute.



Major Events in Prior Academic Years

"The Key to Ending Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery: The U.S. Government’s Multi-Facet Approach" by Luis CdeBaca
April 21, 2011

Before serving at the Department of State, Ambassador CdeBaca was one of the U.S. most decorated prosecutors at the U.S. Department of Justice. He prosecuted cases involving money laundering, organized crime, alien smuggling, official misconduct, hate crimes and human trafficking.

This event is available on UNH Law's YouTube channel. See the photo slide show too.

Luis CdeBaca, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking In Persons, U.S. Department of State's Office, discussed the government's domestic as well as international efforts to end trafficking and modern day slavery.

"The Future of the Death Penalty in the United States" by Carol Steiker
April 6, 2011

Carol Steiker, the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, discussed "The Future of the Death Penalty in the United States: Lessons from the American Law Institute."

"How the War on Terror Threatens Ordinary Americans, Constitutional Rights, and Democracy" by Susan Hermann

March 16, 2011

Susan N. Herman President, ACLU and Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law and a well-known Fourth Amendment scholar, discussed How the War on Terror Threatens Ordinary Americans, Constitutional Rights, and Democracy.

"Do Patents Have a Gender" by Dan L. Burk

January 27, 2011

Dan L. Burk, a founding faculty member at UC - Irvine School of Law and a leading patent scholar, discussed "Do Patents Have a Gender?"

"The First Amendment in the Aftermath of Citizens United" with Jeffrey D. Clements

December 1, 2010

The New Hampshire Lawyer Chapter and the UNH School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society, along with the Social Justice Institute presented "The First Amendment in the Aftermath of Citizens United" The featured speaker was Jeffrey D. Clements, Founding Shareholder, Clements Law Office LLC; and author of ACS Issue Brief "Beyond Citizens United v. FEC: Re-Examining Corporate Rights."

A Conversation with Lisa Shannon

November 4, 2010


Lisa Shannon, founder of Run for Congo Women and author of A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman, led a post screening discussion of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo.

This event is available on UNH Law's YouTube channel.

2009 Bownes Forum Lecture with Kristine A. Huskey

November 12, 2009

Kristine A. Huskey, a University of Texas Law Professor and the former Director of the National Security Clinic at UT law, discussed her new book, Justice at Guantanamo: One Woman's Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights, the future of Guantanamo, and the current policy on preventive detention.