The Warren B. Rudman Center
New Hampshire Senator Warren B. Rudman was widely admired for his integrity and willingness to work with politicians across the aisle in order to advance the public interest. In lending his name to the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service, Senator Rudman stated that he could “think of no greater mission than to train our next generation of leaders to seek justice, serve their country, and work together for the common good.” The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Service operationalizes this charge by providing programmatic and financial support for students interested in exploring careers in public service while supporting public programming and academic inquiry that align with its mission.
Warren B. Rudman Fellowship - Testimonial
A defining feature of the Warren B. Rudman Center's work is the Rudman Fellowship program, which awards full-tuition scholarships to two entering students each year who have a demonstrated interest in public service. One of the inaugural fellows, Stephanie Ramirez (JD '17), earned a position as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the Navy following her graduation from UNH Law, and her work and career path embody the mission of the center to carry forward Senator Rudman’s legacy by training the next generation of public service leaders.
Stephanie Ramirez JD ‘17 didn’t follow the typical path to law school. A break following her sophomore year of college turned into a seven-year hiatus from higher education before she returned to SUNY-Buffalo to complete her degree in social sciences and legal studies.
At UNH Law, she more than made up for any lost time.
Ramirez landed what she called her “dream job” before she even began her third year of law school, accepting an appointment as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Navy. And she said her experience as a Rudman Fellow had a significant impact on her ability to ultimately pursue a career in the military and public service.
“I am proud to carry the Rudman name with me on my resume,” Ramirez, one of UNH Law's inaugural Warren B. Rudman Fellows, said. “I felt a really strong connection to that legacy, and I felt supported by the Rudman Center and UNH Law to pursue what I want to do.”
Ramirez developed a passion for community service while growing up, she said, as she volunteered with various youth groups and school organizations and later carried those values to her work experiences as an emergency medical technician (EMT) and a college community service coordinator.
She continued to gain valuable experience at UNH Law, thanks in large part to the opportunities afforded by the Rudman Center.
Ramirez completed a Rudman Summer Fellowship with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire following her 1L year, and worked with the New Hampshire Public Defender Office during her 2L year, during which she also joined UNH Law's Criminal Practice Clinic, which provides students with hands-on experience in real cases, working with real clients.
During the summer after her 2L year, Ramirez completed another Rudman Summer Fellowship, this time at the Erie County Family Court in Buffalo, N.Y. As a 3L, she worked at Hillsborough County Superior Court South in Nashua, N.H.
In addition, Ramirez was actively involved in the Student Bar Association and Lambda Law, holding the office of President in both organizations.