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Legal Studies News & Events

Welcome to the Legal Studies News and Events page. We will be keeping you posted on events and issuing a newsletter several times a year to inform you what is going on in the Legal Studies Program.

Announcing ABA Approval!
At its Annual Meeting in early August 2010, the American Bar Association House of Delegates approved the University of New Haven's paralegal program options. Donna Decker Morris, J.D., associate professor and director of the UNH legal studies program, notes that she is delighted to have received the American Bar Association's approval in recognition of the quality of the UNH program. "Endorsement from the ABA is an assurance of the quality of our legal studies program so that prospective students will know they can expect a good education." Morris also points out that many employers specifically require graduation from an ABA approved program as a hiring standard. She notes that UNH will be listed on the ABA website, assuring prospective employers that the UNH program meets the ABA's high standards and that UNH-graduate applicants have the necessary education to be paralegals.

Fall events have included a Constitution Day talk by the Honorable Mark T. Gould, Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court, and a trip to New York City to attend the Law Forum sponsored by the Law School Admissions Council. UNH students who attended the Forum, chaperoned by Professor Thomas Geisler, are pictured in NYC¹s Grand Central Train Station on their way to the Forum. See the Fall 2010 Newsletter for further details and other Legal Studies Program news.

"A Busy Spring"

In the spring, major events included a two-day series of panels with law school admissions officers talking to UNH students about law schools, an affirmative action panel, and a Law Day luncheon. At the Law Day program, speakers from Project Rescue and the Paul & Lisa Program, which are Connecticut organizations working to protect victims of human trafficking, talked about the heart-wrenching experiences of victims of human trafficking and what students can do to help. For more information about these events and other happenings in the Legal Studies Program, see the Winter/Spring 2010 Newsletter.

"A Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor"

With Professor Donna Decker Morris, ten UNH students attended a talk by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Yale Law School's reunion weekend on October 17, 2009.  It was a treat to hear her talk about the arduous nomination and selection process.  For this and more Legal Studies Program news, see our Fall 2009 newsletter.

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“If Abraham Lincoln could have used Twitter…”

In honor of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial, on April 29, 2009 the Legal Society hosted a luncheon celebrating a “Legacy of Liberty,” this year’s Law Day theme. The Honorable Mark T. Gould, Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court, role-played President Lincoln “twittering” to the audience the Gettysburg address and excerpts from other Lincoln speeches, making a very engaging and inspiring presentation. For more information on this event and other Legal Studies Program news, please read the Spring 2009 Newsletter.

University of New Haven Mock Trial Team

“The Defendant is guilty.”

The UNH Mock Trial Team competed in the American College Mock Trial Regional Tournament at Yale University February 14-15, 2009.  In a round-robin of four trials over a two day period, UNH conducted trials against teams from Wesleyan, Brandeis, and DeSales.  For more information about this event and others, please read the Winter 2009 newsletter.

University of New Haven Mock Trial Team

"The Court is now in session."

Dodds Theater became a courtroom when the Appellate Court sat at the University of New Haven on September 24, 2008, to hear two criminal case appeals.  For more information on the cases please read the Fall 2008 newsletter


Judge Lubbie Harper, Jr., Chief Judge Joseph P. Flynn, and Judge Richard A. Robinson during the hearing. 
(Photo by Dan Ostipovich)

The discussion panel answering questions after the first case. 
(Photo by Dan Ostipovich)

The judges listen to the defense in State v. Khuth.  (Photo by Dan Ostipovich)