￼Lawrence Lessig - Founder
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, Free Culture, and Remix.
Lessig serves on the Board of Creative Commons, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the Advisory Boards of the Sunlight Foundation and the Better Future Project. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one of Scientific American's Top 50 Visionaries.
Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society, and at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
Jeff McLean - Executive Director
Jeff is originally from Portsmouth, NH. He completed his Masters of Business Administration in 2006. Jeff has developed standard procedures at the Pentagon, and for United Technologies Corporation. He also has worked for Fidelity Investments and Americans for Campaign Reform as their Policy Director. In 2009, Jeff was selected by Rotary International to participate in their Group Study Exchange program to Poland.
He was picked as one of the top ten winning trial lawyers by the National Law Journal in 2003 and has regularly appeared as one of Boston Magazine’s “Superlawyers.” He is a graduate of Vassar College and Boston University School of Law (cum laude). He was a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Joseph L. Tauro. He started the Boston offices of two national law firms and was the Co-Head of the Litigation Department of one of the firms. He was elected to senior equity partnerships in both firms.
MacLeish has received specialized divorce mediation training which satisfies Massachusetts Rule 8 training requirements for family mediators. This training also satisfies confidentiality requirements for all mediations, family, business, personal injury or otherwise, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 233, section 23C.
MacLeish has handled a broad spectrum of litigation, ranging from complex business and commercial disputes, education and special education law, personal injury law and some of the most significant sexual abuses cases in the country. From 2002 to 2004, he was the lead counsel in the Boston priest abuse cases where he and his firm represented more than 300 victims over three years.
MacLeish also founded the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, which provided millions of dollars of financial support to surviving families as well as a host of other services. From 2001 to 2004, he was President and Chairman of the Fund and is now Chairman Emeritus. He has served on other non-profit boards, and, was an elected member of the Newton Board of Alderman for six years.
MacLeish has been teaching in New Hampshire for the past six years, yet he continues to be well known in the Boston legal establishment. While his teaching focus has been on legal issues, he has also taught four semesters of stress management for criminal justice majors.
MacLeish is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country and prolific author. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award from the National Crime Victims Bar Association. A full copy of his curriculum vitae is available on request.
Celia Woolverton is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Family Mediator, and received specialized mediation training which satisfies Massachusetts Rule 8 training requirements for family mediators and the confidentiality requirements in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 233, Section 23C. She graduated from The Colorado College and went on to receive a Masters in Social Work. She has a post-graduate certification in advanced psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from the Washington School of Psychiatry. She is licensed in the states of Tennessee, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She currently has a private psychotherapy and mediation practice in Nashville, TN, Plymouth, NH and Cambridge, MA, and works as a part time psychotherapist at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.
Ms. Woolverton has done extensive work and lectured in the area of child development. She has worked with numerous victims of childhood sexual abuse, and has lectured nationally on the subject. Ms. Woolverton served on the board of Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee, and volunteered for the Tennessee Department of Child and Family Services, supervising cases. In addition, she continues to supervise clinicians in the area of psychotherapy. She works extensively with individuals, couples and families, and with adults, adolescents and children in both her psychotherapy and mediation practices. She has been appointed by courts to serve as a Parent Coordinator in divorce cases, and as a psychotherapist for court evaluations. In addition, she has been an expert witness in many court cases involving divorce and custody. The majority of her practice has involved treating professionals in the legal, medical, business and entertainment fields.
Ms. Woolverton also has experience treating substance abuse and dependence. She has worked as the clinical director of two chemical dependence and domestic violence treatment facilities. She continues to lecture in this area, and has taught university courses in substance abuse and child sexual abuse.
Ms. Woolverton is also avaialble for couple counseling and individual psychotherapy. See Clinical Services.
Peter Vandermark is a photojournalist and retired professor of journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication. He has lived in Portsmouth, NH for the last 25 years where he and his wife, Lee, have raised their two sons. He is currently engaged in the issues around creating a local, sustainable and just economy.
Bob has extensive commercial litigation experience including administrative agency proceedings, arbitrations, jury trials and appellate practice involving both multi-national corporations and small businesses. He regularly advises clients on antitrust compliance issues. His practice focus also includes environmental litigation and arbitration; patent, trademark, trade secret disputes; stockholder and partnership disputes; and investor disputes.
Bob is the firm’s liaison with Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms. He is an active member of their Environmental, Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, and Antitrust, Competition and Trade Practice Groups. Bob joined the firm in 1991 after practicing in New York City.
Bob has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation by Woodward/White and has also been named a New England Super Lawyer in the area of environmental litigation. He is co-author of the New Hampshire Chapter in the book Brownfields: A Comprehensive Guide To Redeveloping Contaminated Property (3rd Edition).
Bob is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, New York and Massachusetts as well as in the First Circuit, Second Circuit and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal.
Bob is a Director of the Squam Lakes Association. He has formerly been a Trustee of Canterbury Shaker Village, The New Hampshire Master Chorale, The New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. He has been a contributor to the Sandwich Historical Society Excursion. He has also been active in the Dartmouth College and University of Chicago Law School Alumni Associations and is a member of the Dartmouth College Club in New York City.
Connolly earned his B.A. in Government and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College and received his MBA in Business from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Connolly began his professional career in 1984 as an officer at First Chicago. From 1987 until 1991 he served as Vice President and Securities Principal at Chubb Securities Company before serving as a Corporate Vice President of Chubb Life Insurance Company from 1991-1997. Here, Connolly helped develop and manage the Corporate Accounts business unit which handled investment products for the institutional markets.
Connolly then served as Vice President at Fleet Boston from 1997-2000 where he was a private banker in New England. Before his appointment as Director of Securities Regulation, Connolly served as Vice President - Institutional Account Relationship Manager/Team leader at Wellington Management in Boston.
Connolly's career in public service began when he served as a state representative from Bedford (1977–78) while still in college at Dartmouth College. He also served as assistant secretary of state from 1980–1984 and was a member of Governor Judd Gregg's transition committee in 1988, Governor Judd Gregg's Task Force on State Government Reorganization in 1992, and Governor John Lynch's Transition Committee in 2004.
Mark Connolly was appointed Deputy Secretary of State and Director of Securities Regulation by the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation in 2002. Connolly reported to Secretary of State William Gardner. The agency has oversight responsibility of securities regulation in New Hampshire and enforcement and oversight of thirty-five million dollar revenue budget, regulatory authority over 50,000 licensed agents and investment advisors and 1200 broker-dealers. Connolly was Deputy Secretary of State in 2000, filling the position of retired New Hampshire Deputy Secretary of state.
In Connolly's eight years at the Securities Bureau, he oversaw major securities enforcement cases, including cases against Tyco International, Ameriprise, ING, Pennichuck Corp., Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and UBS. These cases netted more than $55 million in securities fines and investor restitution.
Connolly was awarded the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) Inc.'s Outstanding Service Award in 2010. NASAA honored Connolly "for his ￼significant contributions to investor protection throughout New Hampshire and North America." In addition, it cited his ""advocacy of state securities regulation, dedication to investor protection and resolute commitment to seeking improvements by all aspects of the financial services industry to ensure that investors are treated fairly and with respect." He was also presented with the association's 2001 Enforcement Award. Connolly was elected to serve on the board of directors of NASAA and also served as that organization's treasurer. He also headed NASAA's Corporate Finance Section.
Co-chair of Coalition of Open Democracy. Is the Policy Director for NH Citizens Alliance; former legislator; long history of working on disability, the budget and health care policy; founder of NH CARES, an organization that monitors state budget development, and engages organizations and activists in advocating for funding; known as NH’s budget guru.
Joe Magruder spent most of his long career in daily journalism as news editor for The Associated Press in New Hampshire, where he worked closely with reporters, assigned and edited stories and was on call 24/7/365 for important breaking news. He led and coordinated coverage of six presidential primaries (after covering two as a reporter) and worked frequently on a range of stories with national and regional AP editors, AP’s broadcast, photo and television operations, and AP member newspapers and broadcasters. Joe majored in history at Princeton, has a master’s in communications from American University and completed Certified Financial Planner training in the mid-90s for use at work and at home. He is a Navy veteran of Vietnam.