A present for Franklin Pierce Law

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.

The Curelops have long admired the work of David Frydman, former director of Pierce Laws Institute of Health, Law and Ethics. Their admiration and their desire to make the gift to a New Hampshire organization led to their decision to create the fund at Pierce Law, explains Hutson.

Awards from The Alison Howland Curelop Hayward Fund will be given annually to recent Pierce Law graduates who demonstrate moral and intellectual commitment to social justice and who perpetuate who perpetuate Alisons commitment to public service. The Curelop Fund will establish a new endowed fund in Pierce Laws Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

Our family is pleased that the gift in Alisons memory will benefit talented young lawyers who pursue an interest in public service, says Dr. Curelop. We feel fortunate to learn that public interest law has always been a primary focus of Franklin Pierce Law Centers curriculum and that students are encouraged to pursue careers that serve the underprivileged.

Sharon Callahan

Director of Public Relations and Publications