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About Margaret Sova McCabe

Sova McCabe joined the University of New Hampshire faculty in 2007 and has been a tenured full professor since 2012. In addition to her teaching, research and service, she spent a combined five years in two associate dean roles at the public, land-grant, flagship university.

Among her accomplishments as associate dean for academic affairs, from 2014-17, and associate dean for academic administration and special projects from 2012-14, she oversaw the school’s transition from a stand-alone private law school to part of a public research institution; was responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with external accreditation standards; and fostered a culture of proactive engagement.

Her extensive publishing record includes doctrinal, interdisciplinary and pedagogical articles and blog posts. While at UNH, her teaching portfolio has included courses in Administrative Process, Agriculture and Food Law, Writing for Practice and an Administrative Law Clinic in partnership with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food. She has instructed both law and graduate students through her service as affiliate faculty at the university’s Carsey School of Public Policy, a Food and Society Initiative faculty fellow at the university’s Sustainability Institute and a faculty fellow at the law school’s Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Service.

Prior to her academic career, Sova McCabe served as an attorney for the New Hampshire Department of Safety and practiced privately. She is a member of the Maine Bar and the New Hampshire Bar. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College (1992). She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law (1995), where she was articles editor for the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal.


Present Dean, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Law

Curriculum Vitae



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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member, UNH NEASC 5th Year Report Committee
2016 - Present Founding Board Member, Academy of Food Law & Policy
2013 - Present Chair & Member, Academic Administration Committee
2017 - 2018 Chair Elect, AALS Agriculture & Food Law section
2016 - 2017 Member, UNH Law Dean Search Committee
2015 - 2016 Executive Committee, AALS Agriculture & Food Law section
2013 - 2016 Law School Representative, UNH Provost Search Committee
2013 - 2015 Chair, ABA Self-Study and Sabbatical Visit Committee
2015 Chair, JD Admissions Director National Search Hiring Committee
2013 - 2014 Steering Committee, UNH Integration Committee
2012 - 2013 Chair, Academic Success Director National Search Hiring Committee
2009 - 2012 Member, Daniel Webster Scholar Selection Committee
2009 - 2012 Faculty Representative, Scholarship Committee
2007 - 2012 Advisor, Upper Level Moot Court Competitions
2010 - 2011 Member, Academic Standing Committee
2009 - 2010 Co-Chair, NEASC 5th Year Accreditation Report Committee
2008 - 2010 Member, Curriculum Committee
2010 Member, Dean Search Committee
2008 Legal Skills Coordinator, Legal Skills
2008 Member, Training Courtroom Planning Ad Hoc Committee
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  • Writing for Practice
  • Administrative Law Clinic
  • Agriculture and Food Law
  • Administrative Process


1995 J.D., University of Maine School of Law
1992 M.S., Economics and Community, Regional & Environmental Studies, Bard College

Contact Information

Phone: 479-575-5601

Research Works (14)

Blog Posts (1)