The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Service at the University of New Hampshire School of Law is undergoing a leadership change, with John Greabe stepping into the role of Director.
Current Rudman Center Director Jordan Budd has decided to step down from the position to return to the faculty.
“We are thrilled to have someone of John’s caliber and character leading the Rudman Center as it continues to evolve and grow. His unassailable expertise and dedication to our students and the community make him a perfect fit for the role,” Megan Carpenter, Dean of UNH Law, said. “At the same time, the school owes Jordan a great debt of gratitude for his work helping to build the Rudman Center into what it is today. His vision and leadership have been invaluable.”
Greabe teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, federal courts, and related subjects, and is also a Concord Monitor columnist and frequent guest on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange.” His commitment to public service is well established – he serves on the boards of trustees for the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society, and the Hopkinton Town Library, and is former chair of the board of trustees of the Capital Region Food Program.
He also serves as UNH Law’s representative on the steering committee of Constitutionally Speaking, a local civic engagement initiative.
“I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Rudman Center,” Greabe said. “Senator Rudman was widely admired for his integrity and willingness to work across the aisle to solve problems. The Rudman Center will continue to honor the Senator's exemplary legacy by, to use his own words, ‘train[ing] our next generation of leaders to seek justice, serve their country, and work together for the common good.’ The Center will also continue to serve as an important forum for civic engagement by bringing policy leaders, public servants, and journalists to Concord for conversations about our many national legal and policy challenges.”
Prior to becoming a full-time law professor, Greabe spent 17 years working for the federal judiciary, serving as a law clerk to a number of federal judges, including two whose elevation to the federal bench – U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Norman H. Stahl and U.S. District Judge Paul J. Barbadoro – Senator Warren Rudman was instrumental in securing.
Budd is returning to the classroom after seven years in administrative roles at UNH Law, first as Associate Dean, and then as Interim Dean before becoming Rudman Center Director in 2016.
“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to serve UNH Law in various leadership roles for the past seven years, but the time is right for me to return to the work that is my true passion in legal education,” Budd said. “My heart is in the classroom, and I look forward to the opportunity to more directly connect with our students again. I’m also pleased to leave the Rudman Center in John’s very capable hands – I have no doubt he will carry the Center forward to new heights.”