Student Survival Guide

Student Survival Guide

Welcome to UNH Law and Concord, New Hampshire! This is your ultimate "survival guide," designed specifically for you by UNH Law students and staff. The guide is not to be used in place of the Yellow Pages, local publications or Google, but we hope it will help you become more familiar with the school as well as the many charming, fun and unique aspects of life in Concord. Here are a few of the faces you'll probably run into in your first weeks at UNH Law.

Who's Who: A Primer

Academic Success: Leah Plunkett directs the Academic Success Program, which provides academic counseling, guidance, and learning support to students to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to be successful.

Business Service Center: Sarah Reynolds, whose office is next door at 10 White Street, is your go-to person for paying tuition, turning in time sheets, answering payroll and insurance questions, and a lot more.

Career Services Center: Career Services can help you design a career that capitalizes on matching your interests and experience to legal opportunities. Eleanor MacLellan, Paula Harris, and Mary Anne Aspellconduct workshops, provide individual counseling, work with employers and maintain job listings.

Communications: The Communications Office will want to hear your piece of the UNH Law story. Please e-mail for all website-related inquries and needs.

Information Technology: Paul LaClair will help you with all of your hardware and software computer needs. Adam "A.J." Kierstead, Computer Services Technician and Media Producer, is also on hand, maintaining an extensive inventory of audio/visual and presentation equipment. Rich Mechaber is the database manager for the school's database driven systems.

Dean's Office: Our dean is Megan Carpenter. If you need to schedule a formal meeting with the dean, you'll want to make sure to talk to her administrative assistant (and keeper of her very busy calendar), Mary O'Malley.

Graduate Programs: Many of you attending UNH Law are here because of our graduate programs, which include the diploma in intellectual property, and master's and master of laws degrees in commerce and technology, intellectual property, and international criminal law and justice. UNH Law also offers joint JD/LLM degrees.

Key personnel include Christine Rousseau, UNH Law's Immigration Advisor.

While you attend UNH Law, you will also work closely with the co-director of Graduate Skills, ProfessorJennifer Davis. She teaches the required courses Graduate Programs Skills I and Graduate Litigation Analysis. Davis also teaches the required Introduction to the American Legal System course.

Library Personnel: Law Library Director Sue Zago manages the law library and teaches Legal Research and Information Literacy and International Legal Research.  Tom Hemstock, Reference/Electronic Services Librarian answers reference questions and questions about library databases, including Lexis and Westlaw. He also teaches Legal Research and Information Literacy and Advanced Legal Research. Kathy Fletcher also answers reference questions, fills interlibrary loan requests, and answers questions about library policy, services, hours and facilities. Kathy coordinates the library's student workers and also manages the library's attorney membership program. As systems librarian/collection management coordinator, Melanie Cornell supervises collection management operations including the library's automated system and the online catalog, MELcat.  She is also our library web master. Our Cataloging Librarian, Matt Jenks ensures all law library materials are accurately cataloged and accessible via MELcat.Kathie Goodwin is our Acquisitions Supervisor who works with vendors to order materials for the general and IP collections.  She also manages our collection of Government Documents.  Ellen Phillips, Serials Supervisor, manages our periodical and preservation binding and checks in and claims our ongoing serials subscriptions and assists in copy cataloging.  Bonnie Morrison, Collection Management Assistant, performs looseleaf filing and stacks maintenance.  Intellectual Property Librarian, Jon Cavicchi develops and maintains the intellectual property library as well as the IP MALL and teaches Legal Research and Information Literacy for our graduate students as well as offering specialized patent searching courses.

Registrar's Office: Make sure you stop in and become familiar with Lory Attalla, registrar, and Lyla Mulkhey, assistant registrar. You will see (and hear from) them often during your time here. They maintain student academic records, provide transcripts, and keep track of exam numbers, and schedule classes and meetings.

Student Affairs: Fran Canning, assistant dean for students, handles academic and personal counseling, student activities, courses taken at other law schools, leaves of absence or withdrawal from school, and compliance with federal mandates (e.g., policies regarding abuse of alcohol or drugs, discrimination in any form, sexual harassment).

Financial Aid: Lynn Froleiks is responsible for determining eligibility for student financial assistance and can answer questions regarding available financial aid programs, status of pending applications, budgeting of expenses or repayment of student loans.

Facilities: Keeping the building in good condition is William Deacon the facilities manager. For after hours immediate facility concerns please reach him via his cell phone at (603) 748-3662. He and his team Steven J. Arsenault, and Hank Lacy control heating, air conditioning and all sorts of other building projects.

The Jury Box Cafe: Need a place to eat, relax, and chat with fellow students? The Jury Box is the school cafeteria serving great sandwiches, salads, pizza, that essential cup of coffee, and the best made-to-order breakfast sandwiches you've ever had.

A Little Bit of History

Welcome to Concord, New Hampshire, a city rich in culture and history. The land Concord occupies was originally settled by Native Americans, who referred to the area as Pennycook or "the crooked place" because of the winding turns of the Merrimack River. Settlers from the English colony of Massachusetts made their way north beginning in 1725 and established the township of Penacook.

On June 7, 1765, the province of New Hampshire enacted a law granting a town described as "a Parish of Bow ... by the name of Concord." In 1808, Concord was named the official seat of government. The State House, built of local granite in 1819 by state prison inmates, is the oldest state capital in which the legislative branches meet in their original chambers. It's also the third largest legislative body in the English-speaking world. Only the US House of Representatives and the British Parliament have more representatives than New Hampshire.

Granite quarrying earned the state its nickname, the Granite State. Local stone from nearby Rattlesnake Hill was used for the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The quarry remains active and is still a major granite supplier.

Several famous individuals either lived in or spent time in Concord, including 14th President Franklin Pierce, Daniel Webster and Horace Greeley.

Today, Concord is a city of about 45,000 people. The downtown area is full of shops and cafes, and you can find many more restaurants and stores uptown in the "Heights." As the state capital, Concord offers easy access to all branches of state government, federal and state courts, and United States federal courts. New Hampshire is also home to the "First in the Nation Presidential Primary." Candidates running for president pay special attention to this state, visiting often (sometimes years before the primary), and shaking a lot of hands. Granite Staters are incredibly proud and fiercely protective of their status as "first in the nation."

Concord is centrally located, only about an hour from Boston, New Hampshire's seacoast, the White Mountains, and picturesque Vermont. UNH Law is located beside century-old White Park in a residential neighborhood of the city.

Stay connected

The Concord Monitor is Concord's daily newspaper. Paying subscribers (to the print or e-editions) get unlimited online access – nonsubscribers are limited to a certain number of story views per month. The Monitor's weekly publication, The Concord Insider, is distributed free around Concord on Wednesdays (you'll find copies next to Valerie's desk in the reception area). It features a weekly events calendar, a dedicated Concord focus, and some of the quirkiest stories you'll find anywhere.

WMUR, the local TV news station, can be found on Channel 9. To stay tuned in, subscribe to its email news alerts and mobile phone service.

New Hampshire Public Radio, based in Concord, is at 89.1-FM on your dial and features local, national and international news as well as national shows such as "Talk of the Nation" and "The Diane Rehm Show."

Concord NH Patch, an online news site, features local coverage and business listings.

The Union Leader is New Hampshire's statewide newspaper. Paying subscribers get full access to the website, and some stories are only featured in print.

The Hippo, a free, weekly publication covering much of the state, features news and arts coverage and a statewide events calendar. You'll find The Hippo at many downtown locations.

New Hampshire Magazine calls itself "the essential guide to living in the Granite State." Subscribers get 12 issues a year of the glossy magazine, which features stories and columns guaranteed to delight newcomers and fifth-generation Yankees alike.

Facebook pages you'll want to follow: Intown Concord, and the Concord Young Professionals Network.

Don't miss these very local tweets: Gibson's BookstoreRed River Theatres, StayWorkPlayConcord Arts Market.