COMMUNITY LAW IN ACTION NAMES LAURA FURR
INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
--Youth Advocacy Organization to Begin Executive Search in February--
Baltimore, MD, Jan. 10, 2012 – Community Law In Action (CLIA), a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization that engages young people as critical thinkers, active citizens and advocates for positive change, has named Laura Furr as Interim Executive Director.
Furr, who joined CLIA in 2005 after graduating from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, most recently served as the organization’s Senior Director of Youth Justice Initiatives. She replaces Terry Hickey, CLIA’s founding executive director after 14 years. Hickey was recently named CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake.
“I am excited to build on my work with CLIA while the board searches for a permanent director who has as much passion and foresight as Terry,” said Furr. “CLIA remains committed creating opportunities for Baltimore City youth to be leaders on important issues and advocates for themselves and others in the community.”
Since 1998, CLIA has served thousands of young leaders while transforming the way Baltimore perceives the power of youth voice. Through CLIA’s Law and Leadership Academies curriculum, students at five Baltimore City high schools are introduced to the law and policy-related professions. The organization also runs a corporate mentoring program, as well as after school, community-based initiatives, which engage youth. During the last several years, CLIA’s programs serving youth involved in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems have grown and succeeded in positively impacting the lives of more than 1,000 local youth.
CLIA will begin a search for a new executive director in February.