Towson University has appointed J. Joseph Curran, Jr., Maryland’s longest serving elected attorney general (1987-2007), as its first Distinguished Scholar for 2009-10.
Drawing on the vast wealth of his experiences as the state’s top lawyer and a seasoned state legislator, Curran will deliver his first lecture as distinguished scholar on September 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Union’s Potomac Lounge.
Under Curran’s administration, the attorney general’s office found national recognition in consumer protection, criminal investigations, Medicaid fraud prosecution, securities regulation, and antitrust enforcement. During his tenure, Curran worked tirelessly on behalf of children and teens, parents, seniors, victims of domestic violence and sexual predators, and all Marylanders concerned about crime, gun violence, prescription drug abuse, and the potential impact of casino gambling.
Curran’s extensive service in Maryland’s executive and legislative branches includes serving as the state’s lieutenant governor from 1983-87, as a member of the state senate from 1963–1983, and as a member of the state house of delegates from 1959-63.
In his role as a distinguished scholar, Curran will deliver guest lectures in several political sciences courses during the fall term, such as “Constitutional Protections: Personal Liberty and the Rights of the Accused,” “The Judicial System,” “American Political Parties,” and “State Government.”
In the spring, Curran will provide community forums on topics related to his experiences and interests. Each forum will take place on a week night and will be open both to the university community and the community at large. Also, he will team teach an upper-division special topics course in political science with one of the department’s full-time faculty members.
“Towson University created the Distinguished Scholars Program to allow us to invite individuals from the academic and non-academic worlds to share their expertise and experiences with us,” said TU president Robert L. Caret. “It will help enhance the educational experiences we provide and the research opportunities we undertake. Joe Curran is the first Distinguished Scholar to be invited and he has set a very high standard for future scholars. I am excited that he has accepted our offer.”