2011 Honors Convocation Keynote Speaker
John T. Broderick Jr.
Dean and President, University of New Hampshire School of Law
John T. Broderick Jr. became the fifth dean and president of the University of New Hampshire School of Law on January 28, 2011. He replaced retiring Dean & President John D. Hutson, who led the school since 2000.
Selected after a national search, Broderick served on the New Hampshire Supreme Court for 15 years, retiring this fall to join UNH School of Law. During his tenure as Chief Justice over the past six years, he was the administrative head of all the state's courts, in addition to his judicial duties, and became nationally known for reexamining the way the court system works and redesigning it to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Under Broderick's leadership, New Hampshire established an "Access to Justice Commission" to help enhance programs that provide low cost legal services to poor and low income citizens. Broderick wrote, along with Ronald George, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, a 2010 New York Times op-ed lamenting the rise of unrepresented litigants and calling for an expansion of limited-scope representation.
A frequent speaker around the nation on the need to improve and modernize our judicial system, Broderick was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Board of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), on which he served for 10 years.
Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, Broderick was a litigation attorney in the Manchester, NH, law firm of Devine, Millimet, Stahl & Branch, and was a founding shareholder of Broderick & Dean, Professional Association. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth for over ten years. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and, magna cum laude, of the College of the Holy Cross.
Broderick is the recipient of several honorary degrees, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and recently became the only jurist ever to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Business & Industry Association in recognition of his efforts to ensure that justice remains accessible, affordable, and understandable. He was also recently inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society by the National Center for State Courts.