Alumna Curran to discuss ‘Lawyers’ Roles in Social Change’ April 17

Sally Curran ’02 will discuss “Advocating for Justice: Lawyers’ Roles in Social Change,” at 4 p.m. April 17 in Room 100 of the Donald P. Corbett Business Building.

A 3:30 p.m. reception will precede the talk by the 2019 John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar In Ethics.

Curran, an attorney, is executive director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. (OnVLP), a pro bono legal services organization serving low-income people throughout central New York. Its programming also addresses immigration, family matters, LGBT rights, needs of the homeless and community economic development.

Curran graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine, with degrees in Spanish and women’s studies. She earned her Juris Doctorate at the City University of New York School of Law.

Prior to joining OnVLP, Curran had a family law practice in Portland, Maine; she annually provided more than 200 hours of pro bono service.

The John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics Lecture was established by the UMaine Honors College in 1999 to critically engage students, faculty and the community in ethical issues of national importance.

The lecture is part of the John M. Rezendes Ethics Initiative, a program established through a gift from Dennis and Beau Rezendes, which also includes the John M. Rezendes Ethics Essay Contest open to undergraduate students at UMaine.

The lecture is sponsored by the Honors College, Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, Department of Philosophy, Political Science Department, Department of Sociology, Peace and Reconciliation Studies, School of Social Work, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.