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Law School announces Office of Public Service director

MaryAnn Sarosi has joined the Law School as the new director of the Office of Public Service.

A graduate of both the University and the Law School ('87), Sarosi founded and served as executive director of the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services in Chicago. In her five years with the legal services program, she saw the organization become a model for providing urban multi-program low-income legal services.
(Photo by Dolfin Leung)

Returning to Michigan in 1997, Sarosi served as director of the State Bar of Michigan's Access to Justice Program. A year later, the American Bar Association awarded Michigan's Access to Justice Program its Harrison Tweed Award for outstanding leadership and commitment to providing low-income people with access to justice.

For the past three years Sarosi has run an independent consulting practice supporting legal services programs, nonprofit agencies, courts and other law-related entities. This summer she assisted Law School Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Bridget McCormack and Clinical Assistant Professor Anne Schroth with the planning for a new Pediatric Advocacy Clinic.

"The search committee has been impressed with all of MaryAnn Sarosi's gifts, including her energy and enthusiasm, her organizational skills and her proven commitment to public interest work," says Paul Reingold, clinical professor of law and search committee chair. "We are especially pleased with MaryAnn's ability to connect one-on-one with students who want or need counseling on how to pursue their dreams related to public service."

"A vibrant Office of Public Service is important to the Law School as an expression of the value we place on public service," says Law School Dean Evan Caminker. "It is also important to our students, many of whom desire to use their legal education and training here to make a difference in our society and the world.

"MaryAnn's commitment to the ideals of public service, her prior experience in various public service venues, and her understanding of and contacts with the legal services community will enhance our students' capacity to serve the public interest in a variety of ways."

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