Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program Inducts Sixth Class

Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program Inducts Sixth Class

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program Inducts Sixth Class

Twenty University of New Hampshire School of Law students were formally admitted into the school’s Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program today, in a ceremony at the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

The second-year students make up the nationally acclaimed program’s sixth class. They will spend the next two years in an intensive “bar practicum” that gives students practical and simulated experiences in the courtroom, interviewing clients, appearing before judges and working with practicing lawyers. Upon graduation, they will bypass the traditional two-day New Hampshire bar exam and be deemed ready to practice in the state.

The ceremony opened with remarks from New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice Linda Dalianis, who worked with the Supreme Court, the state board of bar examiners, the state bar association and UNH Law to develop the program in 2005.

“Today you officially take your place in a unique program, the first of its kind in the country,” Dalianis told the students, calling the Daniel Webster Scholar program “a merger of theory and practice.”

The program’s director, John Garvey, told the group, “You’re getting to do something special, and with that comes responsibility. You’re on the first step of a two-year road to being client-ready.”

This year's class includes Brian Bouchard, Matthew Burrows, Patrice D. Casian, Geoffrey Gallagher, Barbara Hernon, Lauren Jenkins, Jonathan Killeen, Gordon Landrigan, Petar Leonard, Caroline Lyons, Griffin Mesmer, Ryan O'Rourke, Peter Park, Katie Reynolds, Sarah E. Rogers, Alison Slater, Anjie Vichayanonda, Nathan P. Warecki, Mary Weber, and Joseph Edward Young.

The students, who range in age from 22 to 44, and who come from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Oregon and Canada, raised their hands and were sworn in by Chief Justice Dalianis.

“Your job now is to continue to make us proud, as we know you will,” she told them.

The Daniel Webster program has caught the attention of legal scholars around the country in recent years, and most recently it was touted as “the future of legal education” in the latest edition of the book “Law School Confidential.”