Dr. Sidney and Ellen Curelop of Nashua recently donated $200, 000 to Franklin Pierce Law Center to establish a fund in memory of their daughter, Alison Howland Curelop Hayward, a public interest lawyer. Alison grew up in Nashua and began her legal career as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York, a client-centered organization. After returning to New Hampshire, Alison worked for the New Hampshire Public Defenders Office, providing representation to indigent defendants.
The gift acknowledges the financial disparities public interest lawyers face with their career choice and will provide an annual award to assist one or two new public interest lawyers, says Dean John D. Hutson. "We are honored to be the recipients of this most generous gift and pleased to be able to offer assistance to our graduates who choose to practice law in the public interest," he said.