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. Recent Rudman Center events have included:
David Broder Award Presentation
UNH Law and the Warren B. Rudman Center honored John Dickerson, host of Face the Nation on CBS News, with the David Broder Award at a ceremony held Dec. 5, 2017. Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent at the Washington Post – and the inaugural recipient of the David Broder Award in 2015 – presented the award and joined Dickerson and former New Hampshire Attorney General Tom Rath for a panel discussion following Dickerson's remarks.
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. This year’s selection committee included Balz and Rath, as well as Betsy Gardella, president of NHPR; Tom Haines, Professor of Journalism at UNH; Josh Broder, David Broder’s son; and Mica Stark, Chief Communications Officer at UNH.
Justice & Journalism Featuring Peter Overby
The Rudman Center partnered with New Hampshire Public Radio to host NPR reporter Peter Overby as the latest featured speaker in the Justice & Journalism series Nov 8, 2017. As NPR’s “Power, Money, and Influence” correspondent, Overby covers campaign finance and lobbying, examining the often complex relationships between private individuals and institutions and their impact on government and public services.
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.
Bruce Friedman Pro Bono Award
Marilyn Mahoney (JD '80) was awarded the 6th Annual Bruce Friedman Pro Bono Award at a ceremony held Oct. 24, 2017 as part of UNH Law’s annual Bruce E. Friedman Pro Bono & Community Service Week. The 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.
Constitution Day Celebration Featuring Judge Jeffrey Sutton
Judge Jeffrey Sutton of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit joined UNH Law and the Rudman Center as part of a Constitution Day celebration Sept. 19, 2017. Following his remarks, Judge Sutton was joined by NH Supreme Court Justice James Bassett and former Justice Chuck Douglas for a panel discussion that further explored issues of state constitutional rights, federalism, and the role of federal courts in the enforcement of state law.
Judge Sutton has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 2003. He argued 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court prior to his judicial appointment, as well as 15 cases in state Supreme Courts. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law since 1994, and more recently as an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University and a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. He teaches state constitutional law, a subject in which he is particularly interested and about which he has written repeatedly, as well as legal writing and ethics.