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Renewing Trust in Democracy:  Equal Access to Justice

A William W. Treat Lecture

Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 6:00 to 7:00 PM ET

Free Hybrid Event

Concord, NH - On October 25, 2022, join Deputy Assistant Attorney General Maggie Goodlander in a nonpartisan conversation with Laura Knoy about what “equal access to justice” really means, who has it and who doesn’t, and what the implications are for our democracy if we do not live up to this fundamental promise.

NH Civics and the Warren B. Rudman Center at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law are pleased to present this William W. Treat Lecture.

This event is taking place at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord, NH at 6:00pm on October 25th.  Registration is required and there is a virtual zoom option for those not able to attend in-person. Please visit nhcivics.org/events to register and to receive a viewing link.


Maggie Goodlander currently serves as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice where she oversees the international, appellate, and policy work of the Antitrust Division.  Prior to her appointment by President Biden, Maggie served as Counselor to Attorney General Merrick Garland and advised the Attorney General on a wide range of legal, policy, and management matters, including antitrust enforcement, consumer protection, and the development and execution of the Justice Department’s $35.3 billion budget.  In addition, she helped launch two new components within the Justice Department: the Office for Access to Justice and the Office for Environmental Justice.

Before joining the Department of Justice in January 2021, Maggie taught constitutional law and administrative law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  Over the past decade, she has worked in each branch of the United States government and in both houses of Congress, including as a law clerk to both U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and then-Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee; as a senior advisor to U.S. Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman; and as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve.  Born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, Maggie is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.


Laura Knoy is the former host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange.” As host for 25 years, Knoy interviewed dozens of presidential candidates. She’s hosted numerous political debates and conversations with officeholders, from governors and U.S. senators to local city councilors. Knoy has also moderated conversations about important topics including education, the economy, and climate change. Knoy stepped down from the show in 2021, and continues to work as a speaker, moderator, and narrator.

Generous Supporters

“This event, and the William W. Treat Lecture Series, is made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities,” said Martha Madsen, executive director of NH Civics. “The Treat Lecture Series honors Judge Treat’s legacy of bridging political and other divides to improve discussions central to democratic society.”

Please visit nhcivics.org/events to register for this free event.   


About the NH Civics

NH Civics helps develop, nurture, and maintain an informed, engaged, and civil New Hampshire citizenry. Students who have access to high-quality civics education are more likely to vote and discuss politics at home, volunteer and work on community issues, speak publicly, and communicate with elected representatives. NH Civics provides educator professional development, student programming, and public lectures.

About the Warren B. Rudman Center

The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law serves as a hub for public discourse on the policies and current events that shape our society. It provides programmatic and financial support for students interested in exploring careers in public service while supporting public programming and academic inquiry that align with its mission. The Center honors former U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman, also the state’s attorney general, who was widely admired for his integrity and willingness to work with politicians across the aisle to advance the public interest.   

Martha M. Madsen
Executive Director
NH Civics
(603) 513-5121