Committee Chair

Sally CurranSally Curran, Esq., Co-Chair
Executive Director - The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc.

Sally Curran is the 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. She has guided OnVLP through a spin off into an independent nonprofit, major technology upgrades, and expansion, including new programming to address immigration, family matters, LGBT rights, homeless needs and community economic development. Prior to joining OnVLP, Sally had a family law practice in Portland, Maine, where she provided over 200 hours of pro bono service every year. Sally graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine with degrees in Spanish Language and Women’s Studies and obtained her Juris Doctorate at the City University of New York College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Maine. From Fall 2016 through Spring 2018 she served as an Adjunct Professor of Law heading the LGBT Community Clinic for Cornell Law. She serves on the Boards of the Housing and Homeless Coalition of Central New York and the Syracuse Parks Conservancy, and is a member of the NYSBA President’s Committee on Access to Justice and Committee on LGBT People and the Law. She is a former Board member of both the Onondaga County Bar Association and the Central New York Women’s Bar Associations and former member of the NYSBA Committee on Legal Aid.

HolderAdriene Holder., Co-Chair
Attorney-in-charge, The Legal Aid Society 

Adriene serves as Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice of The Legal Aid Society and has devoted her entire professional career to challenging poverty and racial injustice for the advancement of equal rights. Adriene is responsible for managing the provision of comprehensive civil legal services through a network of neighborhood offices, courthouse based offices, and specialized city-wide units serving all five boroughs of New York City with over 500 staff working on more than 50,000 cases each year. Prior to her appointment to Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, Adriene served as Attorney-in-Charge of the Harlem Office; practiced law as a staff attorney in the Law Reform Unit of the Civil Practice; and began her career as a staff attorney in the Harlem Office Housing Law Unit.

In addition to her formal duties, Adriene also serves as a member of the New York State Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, is the Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Legal Aid, is a member of the New York State Bar Association President’s Committee on Access to Justice, is an executive board member for Housing Court Answers, and previously served as a Tenant Representative on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board. Adriene has also served as an adjunct professor at The New School and as a volunteer instructor at Columbia Law School.

Often called upon to work on the Society’s legislative agenda, Adriene frequently testifies before legislative bodies on the city and state levels. She also is consulted on various legal and policy matters impacting low-income communities by the media, law schools, and policy or governmental agencies.

Adriene received her B.S. in Political Science from Spelman College, and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School.