Class of 2007 Student Profile:

May 9, 2007Duke Law News

Amy Curry says the best way to get the most out of the Duke Law experience is to take advantage of everything the Law School has to offer. “There are so many resources here and we have the energy and the time to do so many great things during this three year period, we should try to take as much away from the experience as we can.”

During her time at Duke, Curry has done just that: serving as director of the annual Southern Justice Spring Mission Trip, for which she traveled to Mississippi and New Orleans to work on poverty and disaster-relief issues; serving as executive editor of the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law; completing a clinical out-placement assignment at North Carolina Legal Aid; and immersing herself in community development law through the Community Enterprise Clinic.

Having worked with the North Carolina Housing Coalition, the North Carolina Justice Center, and North Carolina Legal Aid to explore possible fair housing violations in Johnston County, Curry says the Clinic experience deepened her interest in affordable housing issues. “I have always been struck by how where you live can really affect your opportunities in life, and how an affordable and safe home for a family can impact a family’s stability and their overall well-being.”

Curry counts the successful completion and presentation of her third-year Capstone Project – which explored how North Carolina fair housing developers can overcome opposition at the municipal and local government levels – among her most significant accomplishments at the Law School. Arising from her work in the Community Enterprise Clinic, Curry’s project involved the creation of a fair housing handbook for affording housing developers. Working under the supervision of Clinic Director Andrew Foster and Mark Dorosin, the Clinic’s supervising attorney, Curry also presented proposed amendments to North Carolina’s fair housing statute to a state senator.

“Andrew and Mark helped me turn a student project into a professional product. I learned how to cater information for specific audiences, from a succinct fact sheet for a senator to an accessible handbook for affordable housing developers. I also learned how to approach an issue in different ways in order to find the right avenue to reach the overall goal.”

After graduation, Curry will join Paul Hastings’s New York office as an associate in the firm’s affordable housing group, which represents developers and investors who are developing affordable housing through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. “I am excited about learning more about the legal profession and applying everything I have learned.”

Curry calls it both a privilege and an honor to have attended Duke Law. “Law School represents a very important three years in my life. I made great friends, I was in a great environment, and I found a career.”