EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 53: Conversation with Judith Daar

EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 53: Conversation with Judith Daar



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EdUp Legal Podcast with Host Patty Roberts

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Judith Daar, 16th Dean of Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, began her dean tenure in summer 2019, and during this episodDean Megan M. Carpenter began her role at the University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce School of Law in summer 2017. The fit was a natural one for Dean Carpenter given her expertise in intellectual property and innovation, particularly with Franklin Pierce School of Law having the #4 IP program in the country. This episode explores the robust programming in IP at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, including a hybrid JD focused on IP that engages students in immersions in a variety of cities so that they can learn from experts in the field where they work. Dean Carpenter also discusses the impressive Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, a first-of-its-kind program in the country that tests students with a variant of the New Hampshire Bar exam during their last two years of law school, making them members of the New Hampshire bar the day before graduation. Graduates of the Honors Program are also eligible to sit for the bar exam in any jurisdiction outside New Hampshire for which they would qualify having graduated from an ABA-accredited law school, and the program now boasts alumni in more than a dozen other bars throughout the country. Finally, Dean Carpenter shares her thoughts about the future of legal education and its likely unbundling in order to meet the changing demands of the profession and increasing gaps in access to justice.e she shares how she does the job while she and her husband commute every other weekend between Kentucky and California, where her husband has been hard at work with infectious diseases and aiding the pandemic fight. The pandemic made their commuting more challenging, and early on, she was often the only person on the flight with her puppy, Chase, named for the law school. Dean Daar is an expert in law and assisted reproductive technologies and during our conversation she shared some of the developments in that field for which she was the original casebook author. Dean Daar explains how recent legislation addressing abortion and expanded definitions of personhood sometimes has unintended consequences on assisted reproductive technologies like IVF. Dean Daar shared her excitement about the gift just announced from Alumnus W. Bruce Lunsford for $3 million, the largest gift in the College's history, and one that expands the impact of his original gift that established the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology, an honors program that provides students hands-on and conceptual training in applications of law, business and technology. This gift, which triples the initial investment, will increase Lunsford Fellowships for students, and expand networking and placement opportunities for students and graduates, among other initiatives. Learn more about this exciting program and the benefits for students of Chase College of Law in this episode.


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EdUp Legal, podcast, Dean Patty Roberts, St. Mary's University School of Law, legal education, legal scholarship, law professor, Judith Daar, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, pandemic, assisted reproductive technologies, abortion, expanded definitions of personhood, assisted reproductive technologies, IVF, W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law Business + Technology, honors program, hands-on training, conceptual training, Lunsford Fellowships


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October 2023



EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 53: Conversation with Judith Daar