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Dear Alumni,

Maria Gudinas

For those I have not been able to meet yet, I’d like to introduce myself.  I began working as director of development at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law in January of 2019.  It’s hard to believe, but I started in development more than 20 years ago, working with non-profits like the YMCA and United Way.  Six years ago, I began working with UNH.  While I didn’t work solely for the law school, I admired Dean Carpenter’s energy.  When a position at the law school opened up, I knew I wanted to work with a dean who has such an innovative approach to legal education.

I also saw the potential to increase philanthropic support for the law school.  I studied politics in undergrad and thought about going to law school myself.  I ended up pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration, but I’ve always felt that a law education is applicable and beneficial for any career path. If I can help make a law education more affordable and accessible, then I’ve made a small and meaningful impact.

I’ve enjoyed hearing from several of you about your time at the school, your career path, and how we might partner together moving forward.  I’ve also appreciated the opportunity to connect with several of you about your philanthropic interests and to share information about our funding priorities at the school.  Of course, scholarship support to attract and retain quality law students is our number one need.  Almost every if not all students receive some type of financial assistance.  However, right now, the majority of those funds come from our operating budget.  We want to be able to raise the necessary support to ensure access to law school for all and attract the best and brightest to UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law.

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In addition to meeting so many of you, one of the best parts of this job has been working with the beloved Professor Emerita Ellen Musinsky who acts as our alumni liaison.  We’ve worked hard to connect with each of you through various alumni receptions, reunions, and individual visits.  We are so grateful for all the law firms who have generously hosted or sponsored these events to help us ensure that the dollars the school receives from other sources are used to support our faculty and students.  We are truly inspired by the generosity of our alumni and friends.  Thank you.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or Ellen with your ideas, thoughts, and to discuss the various giving opportunities here at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law.  We couldn’t do any of this without you.

In gratitude,

Maria Gudinas
Director of Development
UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
maria.gudinas@law.unh.edu