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Bar News - February 23, 2007

Nashua Couple Establishes Public Interest Graduate Fund


A gift of $200, 000 was recently donated to Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC) by Dr. Sidney and Ellen Curelop of Nashua 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 NH Public Defenders Office, providing representation to indigent defendants.


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


“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 FPLC Dean John D. 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 Alison’s commitment to public service.” The Curelop Fund will establish a new endowed fund in Pierce Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program.


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



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