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UNH School of Law names new dean

March 12. 2017 10:44PM

DURHAM — Megan Carpenter, founder and co-director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law, will take over leadership of the University of New Hampshire School of Law effective July 1, UNH announced.

A nationally known expert in intellectual property with a focus in entrepreneurship and the arts, Carpenter was selected as the next dean after an extensive national search. She will be the first woman to lead the school since its founding in 1973.

“Dean Carpenter brings a wealth of experience that will help UNH Law continue to grow on the national stage,” said UNH Provost Nancy Targett in a news release. “Her work creating innovative academic programs, including experiential learning initiatives, certificate programs and interdisciplinary projects with colleges throughout the Texas A&M University System will open new directions for UNH Law.”

Carpenter developed and ran two law clinics to support entrepreneurship and innovation, and was awarded Texas A&M’s distinguished achievement award for her devotion to graduate mentoring. Carpenter is chairman of the academic committee of the International Trademark Association, an organization of trademark professionals. Prior to working in higher education, she practiced law at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates) where she represented technology, multimedia, and sports and entertainment clients.

“I am honored to join the UNH community as dean of the law school,” Carpenter said in a statement. “With its worldwide reputation for excellence in intellectual property, its forward-thinking approach to legal education and its role as part of a public research university, UNH Law is uniquely poised to excel in a changing legal environment.”

UNH Law has been ranked among the top 10 schools for the study of intellectual property law for 25 consecutive years. Carpenter regularly writes and publishes in the area of intellectual property and entrepreneurship, the university said.

Carpenter earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in foreign languages from West Virginia University, her Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University College of Law and her Master of Law degree from the National University of Galway.

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