The Warren B. Rudman Center

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Be the Change

You know true leaders are born from hard work, integrity, and commitment. New Hampshire U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman was one such leader. Proud to bear his name, the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy challenges you to hone your skills to excel in public service and social justice.

Have meaningful community dialogues partnering with public policy centers at the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth College and Saint Anselm College. Converse with global leaders on current issues at public forums. Be inspired. Make a difference in your community, your state and your nation. Start today.

Mission Statement

New Hampshire Senator Warren B. Rudman was widely admired for his integrity and willingness to work with politicians across the aisle in order to advance the public interest. In lending his name to the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy, Senator Rudman stated that he could “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.” The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy operationalizes this mission by providing curricular, programmatic, experiential, and financial support for students interested in public service legal careers. The Rudman Center also hosts a Public Forum Series that brings global policy leaders to campus and enables meaningful community involvement in the most pressing policy issues of our time.

The Government Service Initiative

Senator Warren B. Rudman devoted much of his professional life to government service at the federal and state levels.  He also played a critical role in ensuring the appointment of first-rate jurists to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. 

Consistent with Senator Rudman’s values and vision, the Rudman Center offers a government service initiative that provides intense curricular and experiential support for students who wish to serve as law clerks in the federal and state judicial branches, or to work for the legislative or executive branches at the federal or state level. 

The Rudman Center also hosts annual symposia, conferences, and lectures on constitutional law and issues bearing on the separation of powers among the three branches of government. 

The Access-to-Justice Initiative

Senator Warren B. Rudman was a passionate advocate for the federal Legal Services Corporation because he believed that legal services should be broadly available for all. Consistent with Senator Rudman’s values and vision, the Rudman Center offers an Access-to-Justice Initiative for students interested in public interest legal careers. 

Rudman Center faculty and volunteers help students construct curricular pathways designed to prepare them for careers representing underserved populations.  Such curricular pathways include recommended coursework, legal residencies, clinical experiences, and summer placements. 

As appropriate, students also will be connected with faculty and programs at other UNH campuses, such as the Carsey School for Public Policy, the College of Health and Human Services, and the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

The Rudman Center also regularly hosts academic symposia, conferences, and lectures on the problem of access to justice.