UNH Law Faculty Podcast Series

The UNH Law Faculty Podcast Series provides an opportunity for prospective students, JD candidates, alumni, and legal professionals to engage in timely discussions about current topics and legal issues. Each episode is posted the last Wednesday of the month. Be sure to subscribe on YouTube or Facebook to catch the video version, the audio version is posted to the UNH Law podcast feed on all podcasting services, including Apple Podcast, Google Play, and Spotify.

Fall 2018

Wednesday, August 29
Suing McDonald’s for Serving Hot Coffee? 

Sophie Sparrow
Professor of Law

Wednesday, September 26
A Preview of the Supreme Court’s 2018-2018 Term

John M. Greabe
Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, Professor of Law

Monday, October 29
Trademark Protection for Hashtags

Alexandra J. Roberts
Associate Professor of Law and Franklin Pierce Faculty Fellow

Wednesday, November 28
Youth & Digital Data Privacy
Leah A. Plunkett
Faculty Fellow for Accreditation & Standards, Associate Professor of Legal Skills, and Director of Academic Success

Spring 2018

Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 PM
3D Printing and Intellectual Property

Ryan Vacca
Professor of Law

3D printing has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing, design, and commerce.  But this revolution will challenge patent and copyright owners with intellectual property covering a variety of products. This lecture explores those challenges, what legal tools exist to assist with these challenges, what their limitations are, and what strategies IP owners might pursue to take advantage of this revolutionary technology.


Monday, February 19 at 6:30 PM
Copyright Law and Access to State Laws

Ann Bartow
Professor of Law, Director of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

Under current precedent, if you publish Georgia’s state laws, you’ll get sued for copyright and lose!  This is because though Section 105 of the U.S. Copyright Act precludes the government from asserting copyright in laws or other government produced works, it only applies directly to the federal government.  Some states take this same approach for important public policy reasons.  But other states, such as Georgia, obtain a revenue stream from selling access to the Official Code of Georgia (OCGA) to the citizens that are bound by it.  When a public interest organization, Public Knowledge, made a copy of the OCGA freely available on the Internet, Georgia sued and prevailed in federal district court.  The case is currently on appeal, and I will explain why Georgia should lose.


Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 PM
Russian Election Meddling, Cyber Crime & Cyber War

Albert (Buzz) E. Scherr
Professor of Law, Chair of the International Criminal Law and Justice Program

When should state-sponsored cyber-hacking constitute cause for war? The Russian government sponsored hacking of the democratic National Committee's e-mail and of state & local election board systems. This virtual session explores the outlines of how and when such conduct is prosecutable as a crime and, if not, how and when it would constitute a basis for war-like response from the U.S.


Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 PM
NBA's Age Limit and the Ability of High School Basketball Players to use Law to Challenge It

Michael McCann
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, and Director of the Sports and Entertainment Law Institute

Is the NBA's age limit ripe for legal challenge? The NBA is interested in elevating its age eligibility restriction from 19 years old to a higher age. Could younger players who are good enough to enter the NBA but who are denied entry by the restriction successfully challenge the restriction in court? Dean McCann has written extensively about the legality of the NBA's age restriction in both academic publications and for Sports Illustrated. He also was part of a legal team​ that challenged the NFL's eligibility restriction in a federal antitrust lawsuit.


Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 PM
The Fourth Amendment and Modern Technology: Applying an 18th Century Constitutional Provision to Criminal Investigations Involving 21st Century Devices

Behzad Mirhashem
Associate Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Practice Clinic

The Fourth Amendment restricts the police’s ability to conduct searches.  But what, exactly, is a Fourth Amendment “search?” We will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s approach to this issue in the context of the use by the police of technologies ranging from thermal imagers directed at houses to probe for signs of a marijuana growing operation to GPS devices attached to cars to track their movement unbeknownst to the drivers.