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The Legal Impact

Never miss an episode by subscribing on Apple, GoogleStitcher, and Spotify! University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law’s legal experts give the legal angle on the latest news topics. Subjects covered range from U.S. Supreme Court decisions, sports law, technology, and more. 

Opinions discussed are solely the opinion of the faculty or host, and do not constitute legal advice or necessarily represent the official views of the University of New Hampshire and UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law.

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Leah Plunkett

Sharenting in South Korea and United States

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Associate Dean Leah Plunkett and 3L Derek Kunhee Kim discuss the comparative international law perspective on sharenting, focusing on differences between the United States and South Korea. Read More
Civics 603 Students at the NH Supreme Court

Inside Law Admissions: Civics 603

Thursday, July 16, 2020
UNH Franklin Pierce 3L Michael Fazi worked with local students in Civics 603, a program designed for middle to high-school students to learn about the Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, and civil discourse. He joins the show with Civics 603 Director Dina Michael Chaitowitz to discuss the program and their work this past year creating a workbook centered around the Masterpiece Cakeshop US Supreme Court case. Read More
Professor Lucy Hodder

How has COVID-19 Shifted the Health Care Landscape in NH?

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Professor Lucy Hodder discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the healthcare landscape for New Hampshire consumers, healthcare providers, and government policy makers. Read More
2 White Street Law School Building

John Bolton and Executive Privilege

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Douglas J. Wood JD'76, Partner at Reed Smith LLP, discusses executive privilege and the impact it could have on John Bolton’s new book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.” Read More
Large class in classroom

SCOTUS Decision on Gay and Transgender Worker Protection

Thursday, June 18, 2020
Professor Buzz Scherr talks the US Supreme Court Decision that expands protections for gay and transgender workers, which had a surprising 6-3 ruling that split the conservative justices. Read More
Leah Plunkett

COVID-19, School Closures, and Digital Privacy

Thursday, June 11, 2020
Associate Dean Leah Plunkett and Dr. Monica Bulger, Host of the 30,000 Hours Podcast, discuss their recent guide titled, "What privacy, equity, and digital literacy issues should you pay attention to during COVID school closures?" Read More
Large class in classroom

Police Misconduct and George Floyd

Thursday, June 4, 2020
In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, Professor Buzz Scherr discusses the complex nature of handling police misconduct, including qualified immunity, police unions, and how rules on officers vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Read More
UNH Law Hybrid JD

Inside Law Admissions: The Hybrid JD

Thursday, May 28, 2020
In fall of 2019 UNH Franklin Pierce launched the Hybrid Juris Doctor program with a focus on intellectual property, technology, and information law. Hear from Dean Megan Carpenter, Associate Dean Leah Plunkett, and Hybrid JD Program Coordinator Dan Cwyner on the creation, launch, and success of this ground breaking program. Read More
Stan Kowalski

Failure to Contain COVID-19

Thursday, May 21, 2020
International Technology Transfer Clinic Director Stanley Kowalski argues that the worldwide failure to contain and manage COVID-19 is largely due to a lack of globally coordinated networks for innovation and intellectual property. Read More
Michael McCann

COVID19 and Sports Leagues Reopening

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Professor Michael McCann discusses the legal situation around sports leagues reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown, including the impact of league decisions, players unions, and venues. Read More