Granite Status Column

Published Apr 22, 2013. By John DiStaso.

The official launch of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy was to begin at the UNH Law School with a kickoff dinner last night and will continue today with a conference on "the Federal Budget and the Law," with a star-studded political lineup.Scheduled to speak at the Sunday night dinner were Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte, John McCain and Angus King and former Sens. Judd Gregg, Bob Kerrey and Phil Gramm. Former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe was to receive the "Inaugural Warren B. Rudman Award."Also scheduled to speak were Gov. Maggie Hassan, former Gov. Steve Merrill, UNH PresidentMark Huddleston and UNH Law School Dean John Broderick, the former state Supreme Court chief justice.On tap for today's conference are former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, McCain, Kerrey, Gramm, Ayotte, former Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin, former Sen. Pete Domenici, Concord Coalition's Robert Bixby, bipartisan Policy Center Senior Vice President William Hoagland, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pete Peterson and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster.