Legal Briefs: News From Across NH

Legal Briefs: News From Across NH

Megan Carpenter

Megan Carpenter, dean of the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law for the last four years, has been reappointed to the job, the school announced. Carpenter, who joined the institution in 2017, is also a tenured professor there.

The school said that under Carpenter’s leadership, it has grown total enrollment by 243 percent, from 210 to 512 students, and increased the number of minority students fourfold, with a current incoming class at 21 percent diversity in ethnicity and race, making it the most diverse school in the University of New Hampshire System. Carpenter was also praised for reinvigorating the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, spearheading new programming and hiring a new director.

Dyer named Nixon-Zachos Award winner

The New Hampshire Bar Foundation has announced that Rodney Dyer, formerly of Westcott Law, is the 2022 recipient of the annual Nixon-Zachos Award, which is presented to an attorney who exemplifies attorneys both in practice and in their community. Dyer has played a major role in real estate and condominium development in central New Hampshire for more than 35 years. He also has experience assisting clients with Estate Planning and Probate Administration.

Dyer will be honored at a dinner at the Manchester Country Club on Tuesday, April 12. For more information about the event, visit

Willey named to board post

Lakes Region Community Developers, Laconia, has announced that attorney Leigh Willey has joined its board. Willey currently serves as New Hampshire underwriting counsel for CATIC, which provides professional services to policy-issuing attorneys, insured lenders and homebuyers and other members of the real estate community. Before that, she was a founding member of Boutin Law PLLC, where she focused on real estate closings, general litigation, corporate law and related legal matters.

SBDC, Tech Alliance offer free cybersecurity reviews

The NH Small Business Development Center and NH Tech Alliance have jointly announced a new program to offer free individualized cybersecurity reviews and education to businesses with up to 500 employees. The program will also include a one-on-one consulting appointment with a cybersecurity expert to discuss their cybersecurity maturity and receive an evaluation with actionable steps businesses can take to start protecting their business immediately.

To participate in the program, businesses must apply and sign up to become an NH SBDC client.

Participating cybersecurity consultants are Diana Kelley, co-founder of SecurityCurve, Christina Stokes, vice president of pperations at Salt Cybersecurity, Craig Taylor, co-founder of Cyberhoot, and Ty Mezquita of Cyberhoot and Raf Boquetti, both also of Cyberhoot.

More information about the program and how to sign up is available at

Downs Rachlin Martin adds attorney

Daniel Jacobs has joined the law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, working in the firm’s Business Law Group in Burlington, Vt. He previously practiced as an investment management associate at Akin Gump, an international law firm in Washington, D.C., where he focused on the formation and operation of domestic and international private investment funds. DRM has offices in Vermont and New Hampshire.


Legal Briefs: News From Across NH