Rudman Center Events and Programming

As part of its mission, the Rudman Center hosts public programming that brings national policy leaders, public servants, and journalists to campus for conversations with the community about the most pressing issues of our time.

Recurring Events

David Broder Award Presentation

David Broder Award presentation

The David Broder Award is presented biennially by the University of New Hampshire’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service to a journalist whose career exemplifies the work of David Broder and reflects Senator Rudman’s lifelong commitment to public service, democracy, and dialogue. Recipients will have served the public and their profession through reporting and commentary that advances the public understanding of democratic processes and the relationship between law, public discourse, and political decision-making. David Broder Award recipients include Dan Balz of the Washington Post (2015) and John Dickerson of CBS News (2017).

Justice & Journalism

The Justice & Journalism series brings nationally-renowned journalists to the Rudman Center for engaging conversations on public affairs and the public servants who create, implement, and influence public policy. The series is a joint initiative of NHPR and the Rudman Center, made possible by the generous support of The Couch Family Foundation. Recent Justice & Journalism talks have been given by  Peter Overby, David Folkenflik, and Mary Louise Kelly.

Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award

The Bruce Friedman Pro Bono Award honors the accomplishments of a UNH School of Law graduate and New Hampshire Bar Association member who exemplifies the commitment to public service of Bruce Friedman, the late founder of the civil practice clinic at UNH School of Law, by providing exemplary pro bono service to indigent clients in the state. 

Recent Events

2018 Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award Reception

UNH Law and the Rudman Center hosted the 7th annual Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono Award Reception on Oct. 25, 2018, honoring Kirk Simoneau, J.D. ’09.  Retired Justice Carol Ann Conboy, J.D. ’78 presented the award.

New Hampshire's Federal Courts Respond to the Opioid Crisis

Panel discussion

The Rudman Center and the Health Law and Policy Programs at UNH School of Law hosted a panel discussion with federal judges, attorneys, and probation officers on how our federal courts are responding to the opioid crisis in NH on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. The event focused on how the federal drug courts work in practice and how issues of substance use have impacted the federal courtroom and criminal justice system. Panelists included Chief Judge Joseph N. Laplante, United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire; Magistrate Judge Andrea K. Johnstone, United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire; Chief Jonathan E. Hurtig, U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services for the District of New Hampshire; Jeffrey S. Levin, Assistant Federal Public Defender, New Hampshire; Seth R. Aframe, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire; Lucy C. Hodder, Professor of Law, UNH School of Law, Moderator.

Constitutionally Speaking

On Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, the Constitutionally Speaking civic engagement initiative hosted Senator Susan Collins at St. Anselm’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Senator Collins engaged in a conversation with National Public Radio’s Virginia Prescott about “Civility, Cooperation, and Compromise." To learn more about Constitutionally Speaking, click here

Constitution Day Naturalization Ceremony

On Sept. 19, 2018, the Rudman Center arranged for a naturalization ceremony on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham, where 70 new citizens from 36 countries were naturalized.


Let's Fix Washington

On Sept. 18, 2018, the Rudman Center hosted former Florida congressmen Patrick Murphy (D) and David Jolly (R), who are touring the country to promote bipartisanship. The event was co-sponsored by the Concord Coalition.