Spotlight on Careers for Social Change

Author: Susan Good

Two Notre Dame Law School alums will tell their stories at a campus event on Wednesday called “Making a Living, Making a Difference: Careers for Social Change.” It takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. All Notre Dame students are invited to attend.

Keynote speaker Sean Litton is a 1997 graduate of Notre Dame Law School, and currently serves as the vice president of field operations for International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery and other forms of oppression. Litton joined IJM in 2000, and moved to the Philippines to establish an IJM office in Manila. He served as director of the office until transitioning to national leadership at the beginning of 2003. While working for IJM, Litton has led and participated in investigations leading to the arrest and prosecution of more than 50 suspected traffickers and rapists and the rescue of over 200 women and children from sexual exploitation. In his current role, Litton directs IJM’s casework operations around the world including Latin America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, developing intervention strategies and advocating with local and national authorities.

Another presenter will be Dory Mitros Durham, a 2001 Notre Dame undergrad and 2006 Law School alum. She is a staff attorney and Skadden Fellow with Indiana Legal Services, Inc., a statewide agency providing free civil legal services to low-income Indiana residents. Mitros’ work centers on assisting immigrant victims of crimes or other forms of exploitation in the United States with immigration matters and other civil legal problems in before state and federal agencies and courts. She hopes to empower her clients to access the public benefits and services necessary to overcome victimization and to defend their civil rights and build violence-free futures for themselves and their families in Indiana. As a Skadden Fellow, Mitros’ work is generously funded by the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. Prior to her fellowship, Mitros was a law clerk to Hon. Kenneth Ripple of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before becoming an attorney, she served on the staffs of the National Immigration Justice Center in Chicago and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C., in the area of immigrant advocacy.

Other presenters include Liz Mackenzie of the Center for Social Concerns, April Specht Redzic from United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Andrew Lynn of Make a Difference Michiana, and Angela Smith Cobb of Allstate’s Civic and Cultural Affairs division.