Two from UNH Law Named Among 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education

Two from UNH Law Named Among 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education

Sophie Sparrow and John Garvey Recognized for Their Pioneering Work

Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Sophie Sparrow and John Garvey

UNH Law professors Sophie Sparrow and John Garvey have been named to the National Jurist's list of the 25 most influential people in legal education. Joining a number of the most prominent voices from law schools around the country, Sparrow and Garvey were recognized for their pioneering work in improving the quality of legal education. Their work has directly benefited countless UNH Law students, making them both prominent voices in the national conversation on how law schools can better train the next generation of lawyers.

Sophie Sparrow is the co-author of Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (2011), Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts (2010), Teaching Law by Design (2009), and The Lawyer as Supervisor, Manager & Motivator (2000), as well as the forthcoming What the Best Law Teachers Do. She has conducted more than 70 workshops and presentations on teaching, professionalism, assessment, and writing to professors, judges, and lawyers around the country. In 2004, she won the Inaugural Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism, presented by the ABA and the Conference of Chief Justices. In the spring of 2012, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the National Law University in Jodhpur, India.

John Garvey is the Director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, a first in the nation program which prepares students for admission to the bar based upon rigorous evaluation of their practical legal skills as well as substantive knowledge of the law. The program has already received national praise and encouragement from judges, lawyers and legal education scholars. Garvey was selected to serve on the Carnegie Foundation’s Initiative on the Future of Legal Education and has been asked to speak at national and international events regarding the Daniel Webster Scholar program. In 2011, the New Hampshire Bar Association awarded Garvey the E. Donald Dufresne Award for Outstanding Professionalism.

According to John Broderick, dean of UNH Law, "both Sophie and John have made extraordinary contributions toward making UNH Law a pioneer in practice-ready legal education. Sophie, through her work on teaching, professionalism, and assessment, is a leading figure in improving the way the law is taught in the U.S. And as the founding director of the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, John has built a thriving model of what true practice-ready education should look like."

November 28, 2012

25 Finalists Named for Most Influential in Legal Education

The National Jurist has named 24 legal educators and one legal education public policy advocate to its 2012 list of the most influential people in legal education.

The magazine requested nominations from every law school in the nation, and received more than 85. Its editorial team narrowed the list down to 50 and then asked 350 people in legal education, including, every law school dean, to rate each nominee based on how much they influenced them in the past 12 months.

The final list includes law school deans and professors, with one exception — Kyle McEntee, co-founder of Law School Transparency, a non-profit organization.

Other honorees include some of the more controversial figures in legal education, including Paul Campos and Brian Tamanaha.

“It was surprising to see both the agitators and the establishment on the list,” said Jack Crittenden, Editor in Chief of the National Jurist. “The list is a who’s who of the people who have shaped the discussion over the past year, which has been a challenging and pivotal year. While some have shaped discussion through traditional means, others have stirred the pot more. But even though there has been much criticism about their means, it is clear that those who spoke up about legal education were heard.”

The finalists will be published in order of influence in the January issue of National Jurist, due on stands at the start of January.

Here is the list in alphabetical order:

  • Catherine Carpenter, Professor, Southwestern Law School
  • Paul Campos, Professor, University of Colorado Law School
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California Irvine School of Law
  • Jim Chen, Professor, University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law
  • Hiram Chodosh, Dean, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • The Faculty of Washington and Lee School of Law
  • Bryant Garth, Professor, Southwestern Law School, University of California Irvine
  • John Garvey, Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Claudio Grossman, Dean, American University Washington College of Law
  • Phoebe Haddon, Dean, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • William Henderson, Professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington
  • Kevin Johnson, Dean, University of California Davis School of Law
  • David Levi, Dean, Duke University School of Law
  • Lizabeth Moody, Professor and Dean Emeritus, Stetson University College of Law
  • Jerry Organ, Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law - Minneapolis
  • John O'Brien, Dean, New England Law Boston
  • Sophie Sparrow, Professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Richard Sander, Professor, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law
  • Brian Tamanaha, Professor, Washington University School of Law
  • William Treanor, Dean and Executive VP, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Kyle McEntee, Co-founder, Law School Transparency
  • Blake Morant, Dean, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Patricia White, Dean, University of Miami School of Law
  • Philip Weiser, Dean, University of Colorado Law School
  • Frank Wu, Chancellor & Dean, University of California, Hastings College of the Law